Student Research Symposium

Research poster presentation.

Showcase your work, explore your passion for research and strengthen your presentation skills. The annual Student Research Symposium is an opportunity for students from all disciplines within the Graduate School of Education to work collaboratively, share their research, meet professionals in their field and prepare for upcoming conferences. We welcome research posters, papers and panels that share the symposium theme.


“(Un)Censoring the Narrative, Transgressing Power and Activism in Education”

Friday, April 28, 2023: In-person event
Saturday, April 29, 2023: Potential for Zoom-only morning panel options
Full schedule forthcoming

Sponsors: Department of Educational Leadership and Policy and the Graduate Student Association

As we transition from the global challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s GSE Symposium aims at (re)building a collective sense of purpose, rekindling passion for work among academics and practitioners, and looking beyond the borders of GSE to better serve our wider community.

The GSE Symposium student committee calls upon our graduate students, staff and faculty to engage in (un)censoring the educational narrative, to “speak truth to power” regarding educational policies, programming and practices that reproduce inequality, and to empower one another to engage in social activism. These ideas, and the potential they hold, will shed new light on systemic racism, white supremacy, heteronormativity, xenophobia and other forms of oppression, also underscoring a need for activism like never before.

Student researchers and professionals are called to submit proposals tied to this year’s theme – including examining past and current educational equity challenges with a view toward offering policy and practice solutions about how public education can more authentically cultivate (un)censoring in the work we do. We welcome and look forward to reviewing research posters and papers that share this theme.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Proposal deadline: by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023
  • Presenters notified of their acceptance: by Sunday, Feb. 26
  • Registration deadline: Sunday, March 5

Presentation Eligibility

  • Must be a currently enrolled full- or part-time student at the University at Buffalo
  • Presentations should be an original piece of research (e.g., empirical studies, theoretical position papers, professional development programs, explorations of a model, students’ research component or dissertation)
  • Presenter(s) should have played a principle role in the research

Submit a Proposal

Submissions will be read in a blind review process, with those reviewing proposals looking for strength, accuracy and originality in research. Please adhere to the guidelines when submitting.

Questions about the proposal process?

Contact the symposium planning committee or faculty advisor through email:

Kristina Collier, ELP PhD student,
Giambattista Davis, ELP PhD student,
Ngo (NuNu) Hna, ELP PhD student,
Meg Syrell, ELP PhD student,

Melinda Lemke, symposium faculty advisor,

About the Symposium

At UB, we constantly strive to inspire innovative ways for students to bridge the gap between research and practice.

The Symposium, which features the work pursued by students throughout the the Graduate School of Education, gives students a valuable opportunity to discuss their ideas in a scholarly environment.

Through this event, students can:

  • make connections with other students and professionals in their field
  • present and discuss their research in a professional, welcoming forum
  • enhance their professional development
  • prepare for regional, national and international conferences that are important to their field of study