2016 GSE Student Research Symposium

"Innovative Solutions:
Integrating Research Into Practice"

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Graduate School of Education (GSE) Student Research Symposium. With the traditional aim to encourage students and professionals to share their work and broaden their understanding of issues central to research within the disciplines of GSE, this year's symposium focuses on creatively applying the evidence to practice.

The 23rd Annual GSE Graduate Student Research Symposium will be held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center. The GSE symposium has historically been an enriching experience for students. We encourage you to participate and share GSE's aspirations to give students authentic experiences that will contribute to their development as professionals in various fields.


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Symposium Flyer

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:
Stephanie Jerome, CSEP GSA
Amani Johnson, CSEP GSA
Katherine Mejia, CSEP GSA

We may be reached at gsesymposium2016@gmail.com

The 2016 GSE Student Research Symposium
is Co-Sponsored by:

GSE Dean's Office
CSEP Chair
ELP Chair
LAI Chair
LIS Chair

Thank You


To inspire innovative ways of bridging the gap between research and practice in educational sciences. By showcasing the work pursued by the students of GSE and inviting them to discuss their ideas in a scholarly environment, the symposium forges connections between students and professionals. Furthermore, the symposium's environment provides students with a forum to present and discuss their research in preparation for regional, national, and international conferences that are important to their field of study.

Important Dates

Thursday, March 10, 2016 (by 11:59 p.m.) — Proposal Form Deadline
Monday, March 28, 2016 — Presenters notified of acceptance/presentation/panel members.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 — Final Day to Register

Student Presentations

Student presentations cover a range of topics related to "bridging the gap" between evidence- based research and practice. The current symposium committee has chosen to incorporate a number of mediums and presentation formats; these include:

  • Thesis/Dissertation findings informed by research
  • In-progress research and completed studies
  • Professional development programs
  • Theoretical papers

Students may submit proposals for:

  • A pre-assembled panel or individually
  • A paper presentation
  • A poster
  • A workshop

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GSE faculty members and GSE Research Symposium Committee members will serve as the session moderators. Faculty will be assigned to moderate panels as needed, however students may also suggest a faculty moderator when submitting their proposal.

The GSE Research Symposium provides each attendee with an experience that increases their professional development, knowledge, and passion for research. This symposium serves as an excellent opportunity to develop presentation skills while disseminating research in a multidisciplinary setting.


Registration is now closed.

Event Information and Tentative Schedule

Thursday, April 21, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ramada Hotel & Conference Center
2402 North Forest Road, Getzville, NY 14068
begins at 8:15 a.m.
Session 1 begins at 9:20 a.m.


Thursday, April 21, 2016
8:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Sign-In
8:15 a.m.–9:10 a.m. Continental Breakfast  /  Networking  /  Poster Session
9:20 a.m.–10:10 a.m. Panel Session #1
10:20 a.m.–11:10 a.m. Panel Session #2
11:20 a.m.–12:10 p.m. Panel Session #3
12:20 p.m.–1:10 p.m. Lunch is served
1:10 p.m.– 1:15 p.m. Jaekyung Lee
Introductory Remarks
Dr. Jaekyung Lee

GSE Dean and Professor
1:15 p.m.–1:20 p.m. Gregory FabianoKeynote Speaker Introduction
Dr. Gregory Fabiano

GSE Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Research and Professor
1:20 p.m.–2:20 p.m. Marc AtkinsKeynote Address
Dr. Marc Atkins

University of Illinois at Chicago
Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Research Program
2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m. Panel Session #4
3:30 p.m.–4:20 p.m. Panel Session #5

Symposium Events

This year's symposium includes student poster presentations, complimentary breakfast and lunch, and panel sessions. In line with the goals of the symposium students are encouraged to network, reflect on sessions, and engage in collaborative conversations regarding the importance of integrating research into practice.

Keynote Speaker

Marc AtkinsMarc Atkins, PhD  |  University of Illinois at Chicago
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Institute for Juvenile Research
Director, Dissemination and Implementation Research and Policy Program (UIC CCTS Community Engaged Research Core)

Dr. Atkins has a long-standing interest in the development of effective mental health services for children and families living in high poverty urban communities, and is an active researcher in the areas of childhood ADHD and aggression, and community mental health services for children and families. He is a frequent consultant to national and international organizations and currently serves on two national boards, as Secretary of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, and as Past-President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53).

Keynote Summary

Dissemination & Implementation Science and Children's Mental Health: An Ecological Perspective

Dissemination and implementation (D & I) research provides a set of organizing principles and research methods intended to reduce the research to practice gap. However, like its predecessor, evidence-based practice, there is much work to be done to narrow the differing perspectives of intervention developers and community partners.

In this talk, the two major research traditions that have guided D & I research, diffusion theory and organizational theory, will be reviewed and applied towards a public health model to address what is arguably the most pressing and persistent crisis in mental health: the long-standing mental health burden that differentially impacts impoverished communities and people of color.

Illustrated by an ongoing program of research in Chicago Public Schools, an ecological model will be presented that acknowledges that mental health is promoted best not by a limited number of trained professionals but by the key people most proximal to children's mental health and well-being.