GSE Student Research Symposium 2009

2009 GSE Student Research Symposium

"Embracing the 21st Century: Facilitating Change through Education"

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The 16th Annual GSE Graduate Student Research Symposium was held Thursday, March 19, 2009 at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott. The 2008 Symposium was a great success for nearly 200 presenters. Please participate and share GSE's aspirations to give students authentic experiences before they begin their first years as professionals in a range of fields.

To help build connections within GSE and to showcase the extraordinary work that is being pursued by all GSE students, the Symposium invites graduate students to present their research or degree-related work in an environment that imitates regional, national, and international conferences important to various fields' associations and affiliations. Please find a Schedule, Call for Proposals, and Registration Forms available for download at the bottom of this page.

Student Presentations

Presentations meet a range of student objectives and illustrate a range of formats and professional interests:

  • dissertation findings to workshops informed by fieldwork.
  • in-progress research and completed studies.

Students may submit proposals:

  • as a panel or individually
  • in one of the various formats (paper presentation, poster, or workshop) to best reflect their degree, career, and academic objectives.

GSE faculty members serve as the session moderators. This year, the Symposium Committee has updated the proposal formats and guidelines to ensure opportunities for presenting a range of research and degree-related work. If you are planning a presentation at a spring conference, this is a wonderful forum for practicing and polishing presentations for spring or future conferences. We encourage adapted class projects and papers.

Event Information and Schedule

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Buffalo Niagara Marriott (directions)
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
Session 1 begins at 10:00 a.m.


Thursday, March 19, 2009
9:00 a.m.–9:40 a.m. Registration
Coffee and fruit will be served
9:40 a.m.–9:50 a.m. Welcoming Session (Grand Ballroom, First Floor)
Dr. Jenifer Lawrence, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, Director, Counselor Education Ph.D. Program
10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Session 1
Concurrent Panels, Workshops, & Posters
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Session 2
Concurrent Panels & Workshops
12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. Lunch (Grand Ballroom, First Floor)
1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. Session 3
Concurrent Panels & Workshops
2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m. Plenary Session (Grand Ballroom, First Floor)
GSE Envisioning 2021,
Remarks from GSE faculty
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Keynote Address by
Dr. Madeleine Grumet, Professor of Education & Communication Studies, University of North Carolina
(Introduction by Dr. Mary Gresham, Dean, UB GSE)
4:00 p.m.–4:45 p.m. Reception (Grand Ballroom, First Floor)
  Download Schedule

Symposium Events

Along with the student presentation sessions, the complimentary breakfast and lunch provide opportunities for presenters and attendees from all areas of GSE to connect around an education-related theme, discuss the sessions, and engage in other collaborative conversations. This year, a faculty member from each department will participate in a plenary panel to offer insight that connects the issues relevant to their department to the student presentations and the conference theme.

Keynote Speaker

A keynote address with question and answer time and reception will reflect the theme, the symposium events, and conclude the conference. The keynote speaker for this year's Symposium is Dr. Madeleine Grumet (click name for bio), Professor of Education and Communication Studies, and Former Dean of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. The lecture is sponsored by the Gail Paradise Kelly Memorial Lecture Series. Your input to the keynote address will be invaluable and may be suggested in an online survey. Check back for the address title.
Gail Paradise Kelly article

Forms / Registration

IMPORTANT: All Proposals must be typed; no hand-written proposals will be accepted.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Monica Blondell, LAI (
GSE Student Research Symposium Committee Chair