2018 Curry Research Conference Shines Spotlight on Student Research


The 9th Annual Curry Research Conference, a student-run academic conference designed to showcase the innovative work of Curry School students, will take place this Friday, April 6th, 2018.

The daylong event will highlight more than 30 student research presentations in both paper and poster sessions, as well as research-in-progress presentations. Covering a wide range of topics from health and wellness to education policy and more, the conference offers participants a valuable opportunity to network with peers and develop their skills presenting and discussing research.

“I chose to participate in CRC because it's a great platform for me to present my work to a friendly, knowledgeable audience,” said Alexandra Miller, a student in the Ph.D. in Special Education program. “I often find presenting my research to be a little nerve-wracking, but CRC helps me build confidence in my skills and it gives me the opportunity to gain invaluable feedback from the Curry community.”

The conference is also organized and planned by a steering committee made up of doctoral students, with additional support provided by student volunteers. Justin Brian Doromal, a doctoral student studying education policy, served on this year’s steering committee and will also present his own research on how state and federal policies influence children's early learning experiences prior to kindergarten.

“I think it's beneficial to participate in CRC because I see it as an invaluable space for practicing presenting research and receiving feedback from others in the Curry community,” he said. “Because it's student-run, I also see it as a nice opportunity for community-building, and seeing what research other students are working on.”

In addition, the conference will feature two interactive professional development workshops: "Promoting Positive Mental Health While in Graduate School and Beyond,” led by Curry School Professor Catherine Bradshaw, and "Responsibly Using Race in Research," led by doctoral student Kimalee Dickerson with support from Curry's SEEDS4Change and Diversity Action Committee.

"Through the workshop, we hope to improve participants' ability to critique and conduct research that uses race as an independent variable," said Dickerson. "As a student conference, CRC is a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness about the historical and contemporary ways in which racial categories are used in education research."

This year’s keynote address, “Social Psychological Approaches to Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Education,” will be given by Mesmin Destin, an associate professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Psychology and in the School of Education and Social Policy. Destin, a fellow of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research, also directs a multidisciplinary lab group and engages in research that investigates social psychological mechanisms underlying socioeconomic disparities in educational outcomes during adolescence and young adulthood.

Registration is free, and all members of the Curry community, including faculty and alumni, are encouraged to attend. To register, please visit tinyurl.com/CRCregistration by 11:59 p.m. on April 4th. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered attendees, and business casual attire is encouraged.


8:15 - 9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Poster Session
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Paper Session A
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Keynote: “Social Psychological Approaches to Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Education” by Dr. Mesmin Destin, Ph.D.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Research in Progress Round Tables and Workshops
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Paper Session B
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Reception and Poster Awards