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BERC- Baylor Emerging Research Conference

The 2022 Baylor Emerging Research Conference (BERC) is hosted by Baylor School of Education and seeks to provide a platform for graduate students to share collaborative work among professionals, researchers, educators, and leaders, as well as among institutions, professional associations, and governing and regulatory bodies that support the professions.

The conference will be held virtually on January 29, 2022.

Conference attendance is free to all Baylor students, faculty, and alumni but you must register to attend and to receive the links for joining.

Virtual Conference Date: January 29, 2022
Proposals are due November 29, 2021. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by December 17, 2021

Call for Proposals

FREE for all Baylor students, faculty, staff, alumni

Important links:

BERC Conference Registration
Proposal Submission Form
Proposal Rubric
BERC Conference Schedule (coming soon)

Jaison OliverKeynote speaker: Jaison Oliver

Jaison Oliver is an organizer and educator based in Houston who brings together people and institutions to facilitate collaborative policymaking and catalyze community-led change. As an organizer with the BLMHTX/ImagiNoir Collective, he works alongside artists, academics, technologists, and educators building abolitionist learning spaces through which we might imagine and create more equitable communities where Black people can thrive.

Jaison is a member of Impact Hub Houston, helping plan programs like the Houston Hackathon which gathers residents with various skill sets to improve life in Houston. At any given moment, his computer is fighting for its life between his many browser tabs and spreadsheets involving policing and education data. 

An avid supporter of the arts, Jaison works with local and national organizations to fill multicultural and gender gaps in contemporary art history through Wikipedia edit-a-thons. He is a Detroit native and an engineering alumnus of Yale University who loves cycling and spends far too much time on Twitter.

Overview of the previous 2021 BERC conference

In his opening keynote, Dr. Dixson from Michigan State University delivered a practical and engaging presentation on 1) why a research career is the best, 2) myths about building a research career, 3) his research career, and 4) building your own research career.

The three Ride the Elevator contest finalists were also announced during the opening session: Sadie Sherrill, Rosalyn Mickey, and Taylor Bunn. (Spoiler alert: Taylor Bunn was the winner!) During the conference, presentations were delivered in thematic breakout rooms by Baylor School of Education graduate students.

Click here to watch a quick video overview!

Feedback on the conference was overwhelmingly positive and we are excited for the 2022 BERC! Here is what a few of our attendees had to say:

“I loved ALL OF IT! It is hard to believe this is the first time this has been done. I was able to seamlessly move from session to session. I appreciated the breaks, the length of the program, the time given to each presenter, that there was a contest and we were able to see a presentation from the top three candidates. Just all around well done. And the keynote speaker was also awesome!!! And this was EXTREMELY well organized...which doesn't surprise me but I must compliment you on how well organized this event was!!!”

BERC “absolutely changed my understanding and perspectives of my doctoral journey and the approaches to completing my PoP. I am so thankful to Baylor for organizing such a power conference early on in my journey. I feel so connected with my fellows and appreciate hearing their realistic journeys. It inspired me, empowered me and reminded me of my life purpose. Thank you Baylor!”

“Today's inaugural Baylor Emerging Research Conference (BERC) was beyond phenomenal! I am so inspired and am wondering why in the world I didn't sign up to present. This conference was well executed, well-moderated, and inspiring from the key-note speaker to the closing session. Thank you for making this possible and for bringing this five-star conference to the students!”

For more information on BERC, please email

Research presentations will be in these three divisions:

  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Learning