2015 GSE Student Research Symposium

“Emerging Trends in Education”

The 22nd Annual GSE Student Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Center for Tomorrow. We invite students and professionals to come together and share their perspectives on the trends that are shaping the future of education-related professions. Please join us for a day showcasing the amazing work being done by our graduate students, building interdepartmental connections, and exchanging ideas.

Call for Proposals!

Call for Proposals/Proposal
Submission Form

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the symposium, please do not hesitate to contact us. This year’s planning committee is co-chaired by:
Sarah Akers, LIS
Glen Benedict, LIS
George Tocco, LIS

We may be reached at gsesymposium2015@gmail.com


This year the GSE Student Research Symposium mission is twofold. The symposium allows guests to exchange ideas, discuss current research, and broaden their perspectives through interdisciplinary discussions and networking. Secondly, the symposium allows students to present their research in an authentic conference atmosphere. Participation in this event prepares our graduates for the entry into the professional field.

Important Dates

February 27, 2015, 11:59pm – Proposal submissions due
March 1, 2015 – Presenters notified of acceptance, panel members, session time, etc.
March 25, 2015 – Final day to register
April 1, 2015 – Symposium date

Student Presentations

This year, we ask students to consider the theme of Emerging Trends in Education. Presentations covered under this theme may include – but are not limited to – the influence of digital technologies in the classroom, working with special populations, educational reform or mandates, information literacy, or learning analytics, among other things. We hope that students’ research can be contextualized under this theme.

Research will be presented in two formats. Students who submit paper presentations will have the opportunity to orally present their research on a moderated panel. Panels will consist of 3 members whose research is similar in theme. GSE faculty will serve as moderators. Alternately, students may choose to present their research as a poster presentation. Research will be displayed visually, with a maximum of a 48”x36” poster. A poster presentation session will open the symposium and allow students and faculty to discuss research in a less structured setting.

Event Information and Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Center for Tomorrow
UB North Campus
101 Service Center Rd, Buffalo, NY 14260


Wednesday, April 1, 2015
8:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Sign-in
9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m. Poster Presentation Session and Continental Breakfast,
Professional Headshots for Students courtesy of LAI GSA
10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m. Panel Session #1
11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. Panel Session #2
12:00 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m.–12:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Keynote Address
Dr. Thea Abu El-Haj
1:40 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Panel Session #3
2:40 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Panel Session #4
3:40 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Panel Session #5


Registration for the 2015 GSE Student Research Symposium is now open. The deadline for registration is March 25, 2015.
Click the link below to be taken to the registration page.