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Annual GSE Student Research Symposium

The 26th Annual GSE Student Research Symposium, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Centering Diversity and Social Justice in Our Research Field and Practice," featured two presentations by ECPS students:

Christopher Spence (PhD candidate, ECPS) presented his paper “The Impact of Standardized Testing on the Development of Teachers’ Expectations.”

Shuyi Zhao (PhD student, ECPS) presented her co-authored poster “The Interplay Among Science Extracurricular Activities, Parental Involvement and Science Achievement of Hong Kong Students.”

The ECPS program hosted the 25th Annual GSE Student Research Symposium "Education in Action: Critical Thinking, Praxis and Possibilities." The symposium, held at the UB Center for the Arts, featured keynote speaker Dr. Stacey Lee from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

25th Annual GSE Student Research Symposium.
25th Annual GSE Student Research Symposium.

Annual Meeting of AERA

On April 7, 2019 the ECPS program hosted an informal gathering with affiliated faculty, students, and alumni at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in Toronto, Canada.

ECPS Toronto Gathering.

The ECPS program hosted an informal gathering at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in New York City on April 15, 2018.

ECPS program hosted an informal gathering at AERA in New York City.
ECPS program hosted an informal gathering at AERA in New York City.

End-of-Year Party

On May 3, 2019, the ECPS program hosted an end-of-year party in Baldy Hall.

Students Gather for End-of-Year Party.
Students Mingle During End-of-Year Party.

Spring 2019 Professional Development Series

First Session

Lois Weis Presenting.
Students Listen to Lois Weis Presenting.
Lois Weis PowerPoint Presentation.

On February 13, 2019, Dr. Lois Weis presented, “How to Publish in Journals as a Graduate Student,” as part of the ECPS Professional Development Series.

Second Session

Gregory Fabiano Presenting.
Students Take Notes During Gregory Fabiano Presentation.
Students Listening to Gregory Fabiano Presentation.

On March 6, 2019, Dr. Gregory Fabiano presented, “How to Write a Research Grant Proposal as a Graduate Student,” as part of the ECPS Professional Development Series.

Fall 2018 Professional Development Series

First Session

Dr. Philip Altbach spoke about global higher education trends and political crisis-coping in the 21st century on September 13, 2018. This lecture is part of the ECPS Brown Bag Series and ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students. During the past half-century, postsecondary education worldwide has been transformed as never before. Massification — the global expansion in enrollments — has created opportunities for access while at the same time the global knowledge economy has intensified pressure to create world-class research universities. In this talk, Professor Altbach explored the ramifications of these fundamental changes, including global rankings, issues of access and equity, trends in internationalization, and challenges to the academic profession.

Second Session

Philip Altbach and Lois Weis presenting together.
Students listening to a presentation by Philip Altbach and Lois Weis.
Students listening to a presentation by Philip Altbach and Lois Weis.

On September 14, 2018, Dr. Philip Altbach and Dr. Lois Weis presented "Building an Academic Career," as part of the ECPS Professional Development Series.

Third Session

Karen King presenting.
Students listening to a presentation by Karen King.
Lois Weis asks Karen King a question.

On October 17, 2018, Dr. Karen King presented "From Theory to Practice: Parlaying Your Graduate Degree to Working in the Not-for-Profit and Government Sector," as part of the ECPS Professional Development Series.

Fall 2018 Paper Presentations

ECPS PhD candidates from the 2017-18 Preliminary Cohort Group presented findings from their qualifying examination papers to our ECPS community on November 2, 2018.

  1. Ba Zan Lin, “Leadership and Civic Engagement of Myanmar Refugee Students: Experiences, Influences and Aspirations”
  2. Holly Dickinson-Erwin, “Close Knit: Women, Adversity and Arts-based Safe Spaces”
  3. Rich Dirmyer, “Does Race Differentiate Educational Expectations? An Examination of Students and School Composition”
  4. Renee Mapp, “Their Journey from Welfare to College Degree: Decreasing Recidivism by Increasing Degree Attainment”
  5. Maureen McCarthy, “Almost the Same: Gendered Negotiations for Students from Refugee Backgrounds in Higher Education”
  6. Carolina Rojas-Pion, “To STEM or Not to STEM: Pathways toward College Degree Completion”
  7. Tami Ryan, “Perceptions and Implementations of Multicultural Education in Secondary Schools in Buffalo, New York, and Des Moines, Iowa: A Comparative Study”

Spring 2018 Professional Development Series

First Session

Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 1 with Lois Weis.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 1 with Lois Weis.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 1 with Lois Weis.

Our first spring ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on February 14, 2018. Dr. Lois Weis discussed how to publish in journals as a graduate student.

Second Session

Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 2 with Jeremy Finn.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 2 with Jeremy Finn.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 2 with Jeremy Finn.

Our second spring ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on March 14, 2018. Drs. Jeremy Finn, Seong Won Han and Lois Weis discussed how to navigate the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Third Session

Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 3 with Sheila Slaughter.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 3 with Sheila Slaughter.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 3 with Sheila Slaughter.

Our third spring ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on April 5, 2018. Dr. Sheila Slaughter provided insight on creating academic careers.

Fourth Session

Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 4 with Jane Kenway.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 4 with Jane Kenway.
Spring 2018 Professional Development Session 4 with Jane Kenway.

Our fourth spring ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on April 23, 2018. Dr. Jane Kenway spoke about her project conducting international, multi-sited ethnography in elite schools.

Fall 2017 Professional Development Series

First Session

Dr. Jinting Wu giving a presentation.
Students watching a presentation in a classroom.
Students watching a presentation in a classroom.

Our first fall ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on September 27, 2017. Dr. Jinting Wu discussed how to turn your dissertation into a book.

Second Session

Greg Fabiano presenting to ECPS students.
Greg Fabiano presenting to ECPS students.
Greg Fabiano presenting to ECPS students.

Our second fall Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on October 25, 2017. Dr. Gregory Fabiano discussed how to gain funding opportunities as a graduate student.

Fall 2017 Paper Presentations

Student presenting a paper.
Student presenting a paper.
Student presenting a paper.

Three ECPS PhD candidates presented their qualifying examination papers on September 15, 2017.

  1. Katie Reeb-Reascos, “Typical Parents, Special Kids: How Middle-Class Parents Navigate the Education System on Behalf of Their Special-Needs Kids”
  2. Lisa Prinzi, “School Placement Transitions: Creating an Identity and Craving a Challenge”
  3. Jennifer Serniuk, “Refugee Mother’s Reflections on Education and Engagement in their Children’s Education Post-Resettlement”

Spring 2017 Professional Development Series

First Session

Dr. Lois Weis presenting to students in a classroom.
Faculty presenting to students in a classroom.
Greg Fabiano presenting to students in a classroom.

Our first spring ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students session was held on February 22, 2017. Dr. Gregory Fabiano (CSEP) and Dr. Margaret Sallee (ELP) discussed the required elements of a conference proposal, the review process and tips for a successful conference proposal reviewer as a graduate student at American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA) and other highly-regarded conferences.

Second Session

Students in a classroom watching a presentation.
Faculty member presenting to students in a classroom.
Students watching a faculty presentation in a classroom.

Our second spring ECPS Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on March 29, 2017. Dr. Amy Stich (PhD in ECPS, 2010) with Drs. Alexandra Schindel, Seong Won Han, Megan Holland and Lois Weis discussed important information related to nationally and internationally competitive dissertation and postdoctoral grant proposals.

Fall 2016 Professional Development Series

First Session

Faculty presenting to students in a classroom.
Students gathered around a large meeting table in a classroom.
Faculty presenting to students in a classroom.

Our first fall Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on September 27, 2016. Professor Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández delivered two sessions. Dr. Gaztambide-Fernández discussed his book, The Best of the Best, and also discussed the ways in which researchers are entangled and implicated in the production of elites as we set out, often critically, to study them.

Second Session

Lois Weis presenting to students.
Lois Weis presenting to students.
Faculty member presenting to students in a classroom.

Our second fall Professional Development Series for graduate students was held on October 26, 2017. Dr. Lois Weis and Rachel Dominguez (ECPS PhD student) presented "How to Publish in Journals as a Graduate Student."