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Celebration of Scholars

The CEHS Faculty Research, Service, and Professional Development (RSPD) Committee, in collaboration with the College Research Office, invite all to attend the 2017 Celebration of Scholars event!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017  
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Erickson Alumni Center

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Event Schedule: 

9:00 a.m. Student Research Poster Fair ( Students: Learn more and apply to participate! )
10:45 a.m. CEHS Faculty ED Talks
12:15 p.m. Lunch 
1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Student Research Poster Fair

poster fair

Undergraduate and/or graduate students who are conducting undergraduate research projects, capstone projects, masters’ theses, or dissertation research – either independently or in collaboration with faculty members – are encouraged to submit their research to be considered for public presentation at the Student Research Poster Fair. Presentations will be evaluated, based on defined criteria, and the following awards will be given to the students with the best presentations: 

  • Graduate Student Awards: First: $300; Second: $200; Third: $100
  • Undergraduate Student Awards : First: $200; Second: $100; Third: $50
  • Research Office Award for Best Oral Presentation of Poster: $200

All forms of educational, human services, and applied social sciences research are welcomed. Work presented elsewhere (i.e., other academic conferences and meetings) is also acceptable. ALL PRESENTATIONS MUST BE IN POSTER FORMAT. The deadline to submit applications to participate is Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

To learn more or to apply to participate, please visit the Student Research Poster Fair web page. 

CEHS Faculty ED Talks

Dr. Sara Anderson
"Pre-K and Children's Success: Beyond Sandboxes and Worksheets" 

Pre-kindergarten has demonstrated success at boosting the achievement and behavior of children from diverse backgrounds. But this success doesn’t always last. I will discuss what we know about pre-K and children’s success in school. I will also examine what we need to know about the mix of ingredients that can help children succeed in the short- and long-term. I will also explain why preschool effects fade for children from varied backgrounds.

Dr. Carla Brigandi
"Giftedness: Myths and Realities"

A growing body of literature indicates that students with gifts and talents have unique academic, social, and emotional needs that require interventions. Gifted education programs often elicit concerns about elitism, but recognizing and developing students’ talents is essential as schools struggle to balance equity and excellence. I trace the historical roots of gifted education, debunk current and persistent myths, and describe what giftedness actually looks like among gifted students. 
Dr. Stephanie Lorenze
"Everyone Needs a Danceucation" 

It is no secret that a hierarchy exists among school subjects, with the arts residing at the bottom. Less considered is the hierarchy that exists within arts curricula, with dance residing at the bottom. I will challenge the reasons for the lack of this performing art in learning communities and propose a reconsideration of what it means to be a dancer. What we are we missing as learners when creative movement and dance goes missing in schools?  Everyone deserves a  Danceucation.

Dr. Nathan M. Sorber
"Beyond Tax Havens, Budget Cuts, and Stagnation: Land-Grant Universities and Economic Engagement"

West Virginia faces a $600 million budget deficit, and cuts are expected to public higher education. I explain that the state’s budget shortfall is partially associated with a tax-cut strategy that reduced revenues by $450 million this year and had little impact on business growth and economic development. I argue that investments in higher education, research and technology transfer, and university outreach and capacity building are more effective policy solutions for job creation, economic growth, and balanced budgets.

Dr. Jessica Troilo
"Helping Divorced Fathers Stay Involved with Their Children" 

Fathers’ level of involvement with their children following divorce is associated with both child and parent outcomes. Engaged divorced fathers are associated with positive outcomes for their children, themselves, and their co-parenting relationships; yet, within the first year following divorce, about half of fathers lose contact with their children. Some fathers, however, maintain, or even increase, their involvement. Why these differences? I will discuss why these differences exist, and explain how we hinder our understanding of the context of divorced father involvement when we position research questions from a deficit perspective.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Presenting: "Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream"  

Sara Goldrick-Rab is a Professor of higher education policy & sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s commitment to scholar-activism is evidenced by her broad profile of research and writing dissecting the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. In more than a dozen experimental, longitudinal, and mixed-methods studies, she has examined the efficacy and distributional implications of financial aid policies, welfare reform, transfer practices, and a range of interventions aimed at increasing college attainment among marginalized populations. She provides extensive service to local, state, and national communities, working directly with governors and state legislators to craft policies to make college more affordable, collaborating with non-profit organizations seeking to examine the effects of their practices, and providing technical assistance to Congressional staff, think tanks, and membership organizations throughout Washington, DC.

Many professional organizations and foundations have honored Dr. Goldrick-Rab for her work. In 2013, she was invited to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Senators Tom Harkin and Lamar Alexander. In 2014, she received the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, and in 2015 she graduated from the William T. Grant Foundation’s five-year-long Faculty Scholars program. In 2016, POLITICO Magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab is widely published in venues such as  Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis Sociology of Education Review of Educational Research , and  Teachers College Record,  and co-edited a Harvard Education Press volume,  Reinventing Financial Aid: Charting a New Course to College Affordability . Her latest book,  Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream  (University of Chicago, 2016), is an Amazon best-seller and has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,  the  New York Review of Books , and CSPAN’s Book TV, among other venues. 

For more information, please visit  Sara 

Supported by the Ron V. Iannone Family Keynote Speaker Endowment