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Proposal Submission

All graduate students (master’s, credential, certificate, and doctoral) are encouraged to participate, regardless of where they are in their research projects. The conference is based on the assumption that research projects are at different stages of development:

  • Early Stage: The researcher has identified a research topic, crafted a research question(s), conducted a literature review, and developed a methodology to collect and analyze data.
  • Advanced Stage: The researcher is collecting and analyzing data; or has completed the data gathering and analysis activities and is developing or has developed conclusions for the project and articulated implications for the field. 

Presentation Formats

Three presentation formats are available that coincide with the different stages of research. Described in more detail below, the paper presentations and poster sessions are available for students whose research is in the Advanced Stage. Roundtable discussions are available for students whose research projects are in the Early Stage.

 

Paper Presentations

In paper sessions, authors whose research is in the Advanced Stage present abbreviated versions of their paper or film/video, followed by commentary by a discussant and a Q&A session from the audience. The discussant will also keep track of time and moderate the Q&A.

The paper session includes presentations of 3 individual papers. The 50-minute timeframe includes 10 minutes per presentation, 10 minutes of feedback by discussant, and 10 minutes of Q&A.

Discussants may adjust the timing depending on the number of presentations scheduled for the session. In the case of multiple-authored papers, more than one individual may present, however, multiple presenters must divide among the presenters the total time available to them.

Paper presenters will have access to audio-visual equipment including a laptop and projector.

Poster Sessions

Posters allow for presenters whose research is in in the Advanced Stage to visually communicate the purpose, research approach, data sources, and outcomes of a scholarly or applied research project.

Poster sessions combine graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the research throughout a 50-minute session. Proposals accepted for poster sessions will be grouped by the program chair into appropriate poster sessions.

Individual presenters set up displays representing their papers in a large area with other presenters. Due to the physical configuration of this type of session, additional audiovisual equipment, such as a screen or LCD projector, will not be provided.

Roundtable Sessions

Roundtable sessions involve discussion and interaction among presenters working on a common set of research issues, problems, or themes and whose research is in the Early Stage. Papers accepted for a roundtable session will be grouped into tables with 3-5 papers per table, organized around shared topics.

Each roundtable will have a designated chair (i.e., CSULB faculty), who is knowledgeable about the research area. The role of the chair is to facilitate interaction and participation. Each roundtable session is scheduled for 50 minutes.

Roundtable presenters are not expected to print their entire paper to pass out on the day of the conference. However, students are encouraged (but not required) to print a one-page handout/summary of their work to pass out to fellow presenters and the Roundtable Chair on the day of the conference.

Presentation technology is not provided for roundtables. If you plan to use a laptop, please be sure the battery is charged, as a power source will not be provided.

Submission Guidelines

  • All presentations (i.e., papers, roundtables, posters) require submission of a 600-word research summary to be uploaded onto the GSRC website no later than Sunday, October 8, 2017. Students will receive notification of the status of their proposal on October 13, 2017.
  • Students whose paper submission or roundtable is accepted must upload their final paper to the GSRC website no later than November 1, 2017. The paper should be 8 pages - 20 pages in length, excluding bibliography and appendices.
  • Students whose poster submission is accepted must upload their poster content to the GSRC no later than November 1, 2017 in order to receive poster printing (free). Otherwise, students are expected to coordinate poster printing on their own.
  • If applicable, be sure to acknowledge any granting agency and grant number which supported your research. Please make sure to list all sources of funding associated with your research project.
  • Proposal submissions must be uploaded as a Word document or PDF.
  • Students are encouraged to submit their research summaries using American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition formatting. 

What to include in your Roundtable Proposal (Early Stage)

Your research summary should be a short passage (or short essay) of 600 words or fewer that outlines the key points of your research paper/project. Your summary should attempt to answer the questions listed below, which are based on the rubric that faculty will use to assess conference submissions. Of course, not all of the questions will be relevant to every paper/project. However, you should do your best to address as many of them as possible. 

  • Why is the topic, issue, or problem addressed by your study important?
  • What are the objectives and/or intended outcomes of your study?
  • What data sources, evidence, objects, or materials will you (potentially) use?
  • If your study is complete, what were your results and/or conclusions? If your study is ongoing or in-progress, what are your anticipated results and/or conclusions?
  • What is the scholarly or scientific significance of your study? How does your work contribute to the scholarly discussion in your field?

What to include in your Poster Proposal or Paper Proposal  (Advanced Stage)

Your research summary should be a short passage (or short essay) of 600 words or fewer that outlines the key points of your research paper/project. Your summary should attempt to answer the questions listed below, which are based on the rubric that faculty will use to assess conference submissions. Of course, not all of the questions will be relevant to every paper/project. However, you should do your best to address as many of them as possible. 

  • What are the objectives or purposes of your study?
  • What perspective(s) or theoretical framework(s) do you employ in your study?
  • What methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry do you use in your study?
  • What were your results and/or conclusions? If your study is ongoing or in-progress, what are your anticipated results and/or conclusions?
  • What is the scholarly or scientific significance of your study? How does your work contribute to the scholarly discussion in your field?