Student organizers working to improve grad symposium every year
With the dust having settled on this year’s graduate symposium, organizers are already exploring ways to improve next year’s event.
Heather Krepski, vice-president of Academic Advocacy with the Education Graduate Students Association (EdGSA) says that symposium organizers are considering asking faculty for help in reviewing proposals in order to give students direction and advice on their submissions.
“Working with faculty to provide feedback to students on their proposals would be a learning opportunity for students,” Krepski said.
With some 22 presenters, and the addition a student-panel discussion, this year’s symposium attracted participation levels on par with last year’s record number. Krepski said the event gives students an opportunity to share their work and draw feedback from peers.
Research is often quite a singular experience. You feel very isolated. So, I think it’s really nice to network,” she said, adding that students kept busy during the presentations, taking notes, gathering new sources, and introducing themselves to new research partners.
“In the last talk, I recognized that my close friend is doing very similar research, so … I’d love to connect them if they haven’t already.”
Because of the broad scope of topics submitted—from adult, early years and K-12 education—Krepski the EdGSA executive eschewed a symposium theme in favour of a focus on the students’ work.
Associate Dean Charlotte Enns praised the work of the student organizers, who took the lead in hosting the conference.
“This year again the students did so much of the work,” says Associate Dean Charlotte Enns. “We’re letting them take a real leadership role in this symposium.”