Curry Students to Launch First U.Va. Graduate Education Research Conference Jan. 29

January 5, 2010 — Graduate students in the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education will host the first Curry Research Conference on Jan. 29.

Approximately 40 students will give presentations at the conference, which will be held in Newcomb Hall from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Topics will include elementary and early childhood education programs, such as Head Start and the Voyager Universal Literacy System; issues affecting pre-service teachers, new teacher mentoring, and adolescent girls in the Young Women's Leadership Program; sports medicine; building communities of learning; and the achievement gap and student engagement at various levels.

In addition to student research presentations, the conference will include faculty-led presentations, brown bag lunch panel discussions with Curry alumni, and addresses by Roseanne Ford, U.Va.'s associate vice president for research and graduate studies, and Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School.

The conference is free, but attendees must register online.

Curry doctoral student Carl Keys spearheaded the launch of the conference. Inspired after attending the student-run Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Research Conference last year, he formed a steering committee of U.Va. doctoral students from various education disciplines to direct a similar endeavor at U.Va.

The aim of the conference is for students to share their research with and receive feedback from other students, faculty and alumni, Keys said. He expects the conference to grow in scope each year until it attracts student presenters from across the nation.

The doctoral student steering committee members and subcommittee heads are Bridget Mulvey and Howard Crumpton (program), Kevin Hessberg and John Broome (proposals), Janine Davis (outreach and communications), Lynne Crotts (logistics) and Rob Izzo and Anne Hayes (technology).

The conference received funding from Curry and the Office of the Vice President for Research. In addition to programmatic expenses, the funds will support small fellowship awards for all student presenters and larger awards for the top research papers, which will be judged by a panel of faculty and students after the conference takes place.

In conjunction with the conference, the Curry Education Research Lectureship Series will present a talk Jan. 29 by Margaret Eisenhart, Distinguished Professor and Charles Professor of Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Eisenhart's talk, "'We Can't Get There From Here:' The Meaning of High School Girls' Disinterest in Engineering," will take place in Newcomb Ballroom at 11 a.m. More on her talk and research can be found online.

— By Rebecca Arrington