The Graduate Research Conference at CSULB provides a forum for graduate students (master’s, credential, certificate, and doctoral) to showcase their scholarly work and their promise as future innovators, researchers, and academics. This cross-disciplinary event allows CSULB graduate students from all fields of study to present their research and network with members of the entire community.
The next Graduate Research Conference event will take place in fall 2018.
Fall 2017 Conference
The 2nd annual Graduate Research Conference took place on Monday, November 13, 2017, from 4-7pm.
The conference featured keynote speaker Zed Mason, Ph.D., former Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and Partnerships for the CSU; former Vice President for Research and External Support; Professor Emeritus, CSULB.
Keynote title: "Dear Research: You Changed My Life."
Dr. Mason's keynote was followed by panel presentations, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions by CSULB graduate students. All members of the CSULB campus community are invited to attend.
Who Can Participate?
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.
Three presentation formats are available that coincide with the different stages of research.
- 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.
Fall 2016 Conference
The event took place on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4-7 pm in the University Student Union (USU) Ballrooms A, B, and C. The conference featured the distinguished keynote speaker Tyrone Howard, Ph.D., Professor of Education at UCLA. Dr. Howard also serves as the Faculty Director of UCLA Center X and Director of the Black Male Institute. Dr. Howard's keynote (PDF available to download), "Race, Research, Rigor & Relevance: Scholarly Inquiry in the Current Context" addressed the ongoing salience of race and racism in the United States, and what it means for scholars engaging in such inquiry. The address discussed the changing demographics, the continued disenfranchisement of racially diverse populations, and how research can play a role in perpetuating or disrupting current realities.
The keynote was followed by paper presentations, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions.