Virtual Roundtable Session

Virtual Roundtable Session

All graduate students (master’s, credential, certificate, and doctoral) are encouraged to participate, regardless of where they are in their research projects.  Described in more detail below, virtual roundtable discussions are available for students whose research projects are in the Early Stage.

  • Early Stage: The researcher has identified a research topic; crafted research questions; conducted a literature review; and has identified, or is in the process of identifying, a methodology to collect and analyze data.

What are Virtual Roundtable Sessions?

Virtual roundtable sessions involve discussion and interaction among presenters working on a common set of research issues, problems, or themes. Papers accepted for a roundtable session will be grouped into virtual discussions (using Zoom), with 3-5 papers each, organized around shared topics.

Each virtual roundtable will have a designated chair (i.e., CSULB faculty), who is knowledgeable about research design and methods. The role of the chair is to facilitate interaction and participation. Each roundtable session is scheduled for 60 minutes. Roundtable discussions will take place on November 16th via Zoom.

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Currently enrolled master’s, graduate certificate, credential, or doctoral students at CSULB.
  • Recent CSULB alumni.

Submission Guidelines

Students who wish to participate in a Roundtable session must submit a 150-word (max.) proposal to be uploaded onto the Graduate Center website. Dates and deadlines for future roundtables are TBA.

Note that students whose proposal are accepted to the conference will not need to submit a final paper to participate in the conference.

What to Include in Your Conference Proposal

Your conference proposal should address, in 150 words or fewer, 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.

Roundtable Presentation (Early Stage)

  • 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?
  • 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?

After Submitting Your Proposal

Students can expect to receive notification of the status of their proposal approximately a month after first submission (Exact timelines for future roundtables are TBA). Students whose proposals are accepted will not need to submit a final paper to participate in the conference.