By Brad Duncan
College students found a welcoming context in which to receive feedback on research projects at the 21st Annual Spring Research Conference held at the University of Kentucky College of Education. The day included presentations by students from the universities of Kentucky, Louisville and Cincinnati, co-sponsors of the event.
“The purpose of the conference is to provide students an opportunity to present their research in a friendly environment and receive constructive comments on their work as well as their presentations,” said Rob Shapiro, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the UK College of Education. “It serves as a learning experience.”
The conference allowed students to present their work, whether it was completed, in progress or at the proposal stage. Students gave presentations of their projects or used posters to present their findings. Sessions throughout the day focused on various aspects of education research, including literacy, education psychology, teachers and teaching, sport leadership and physical activity, behavior, and content. Participants were even able to take part in a panel discussion focused on “Faculty Careers: The Early Years.” The day concluded with the keynote address by UK College of Education Assistant Professor Justin Bathon discussing “Thoughts on Educational Innovation in the American Democracy for Emerging Scholars.”
Sponsored annually by the three universities, the Spring Research Conference rotates among campuses each year. The 2011 edition will be held at the University of Cincinnati, while the conference will rotate to Louisville in 2012.