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BERC- Baylor Emerging Research Conference

The 2021 Baylor Emerging Research Conference (BERC) seeks submissions from Baylor School of Education graduate students that focus on collaborative work among professionals, researchers, educators, and leaders, as well as among institutions, professional associations, and governing and regulatory bodies that support the professions.

Virtual Conference Date: Feb. 6, 2021
Proposals Due: Nov. 23, 2020
FREE for all Baylor students and faculty

The conference will be held virtually on Feb. 6, 2021. Students are invited to submit to a research division (Learning, Leadership, or Innovation). A research division proposal can include up to 4 speakers; individual students can be listed in up to 2 research division proposals. Students are also encouraged to individually submit to the Ride the Elevator competition. 

Proposals are due by Nov. 23, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than December 18, 2020. Conference attendance is free to all Baylor students and faculty.

SESSION FORMAT 

There will be 3 presentations blocked together for a one-hour session. Each presenter is allocated 15 minutes to present research and then there are 10 minutes at the end for Q&A on all three presentations. The moderator will facilitate the Q&A part of the session.  There will be 5 minutes between each scheduled session for participants to switch Zoom rooms. 

RESEARCH PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

The submission must include a title, a short abstract that will be viewed by conference participants, and an extended abstract that will be read by the speaker selection committee. 

  • Title: Your title should convey the topic of your session and should pique the interest of session participants (maximum of 100 characters, which is approximately 15 words including spaces). 
  • Short Abstract: Your session description should convey the session components (research, takeaways, etc.) and will be viewed by conference participants (maximum of 1,800 characters, which is approximately 250 words including spaces).
  • Extended Abstract: Provide a longer description of the proposal with goals of the presentation and references. Identify how you will engage the audience. Persuade proposal reviewers that your presentation offers a unique, valuable, and engaging research perspective. Writing should be concise and coherent, using active rather than passive voice. Proofread all components of your submission for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Include a brief reference list that adheres to APA standards (maximum of 3,000 characters, which is approximately 500 words including spaces).
  • Proposers must select a division and a subcategory for which the submission is to be considered. The three research divisions are Learning, Leadership, and Innovation.
  • The proposals will be evaluated based on the above criteria. View the rubric here.
  • To submit a proposal, please complete this form: Research Proposal Submission
RIDE THE ELEVATOR PITCH SUBMISSION

Additionally, participants can choose to participate in the Ride the Elevator! competition. Submission to this division must include a title, a short abstract that may be viewed by conference participants, and a video submission (limited to two minutes). This is an individual competition.

  • Title: Your title should convey the topic of your elevator pitch (maximum of 100 characters, which is approximately 15 words including spaces).
  • Short Abstract: Provide a short abstract to accompany your video. This should provide an overview of the content of your video (maximum of 1,800 characters, which is approximately 250 words including spaces). Abstracts will be shared alongside winning videos and will be visible to conference participants. 

Winning videos will be announced and shared during the conference, posted to the BERC website, and shared on social media. To submit a proposal, please complete this form: Ride the Elevator Proposal Submission 

DIVISION DESCRIPTORS

I. The Learning Division encourages submissions on topics important to education such as teaching, exceptionalities and individual differences, professional learning, and curriculum studies. Topics include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Curriculum development 
  2. Teaching and instructional methods 
  3. Education frameworks 
  4. Cognitive and motivational processes in learning 
  5. Educational measurement and psychometrics
  6. Counseling 
  7. Postsecondary access, success, and outcomes 
  8. Exceptionalities: inclusion, accommodation, and giftedness 
  9. Service learning 
  10. Bilingual or multilingual education
  11. Other - Learning

II. The Leadership Division encourages submissions on topics important to leadership  and organizational development across disciplines such as education, government, healthcare, nonprofit, military, and business. Topics include, but are not limited to, submissions on:   

  1. Leadership trends, theory, and development
  2. Organization development and change
  3. Human resources and talent development 
  4. Nonprofit and philanthropy
  5. Military and government
  6. Healthcare
  7. Business and organizational systems
  8. Policy, programs, and evaluation
  9. Other - Leadership

III. The Innovation Division focuses on research that examines innovative practices and novel ideas in approaches for organization and/or institutional improvement. Topics include, but are not limited to, submissions on:   

  1. Teaching and learning 
  2. Organizational change
  3. Equity and diversity 
  4. Design and technology
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Research methodologies
  7. Other - Innovation 

IV. The Ride the Elevator! Division is a fun event designed to be a risk-free way to succinctly communicate the “big ideas” and significance of a Problem of Practice/Dissertation. 
In this hypothetical scenario, BERC has been charged to find a study that can be published for a broader community than just researchers and scholars. This is your chance to showcase your Problem of Practice/Dissertation and explain, in layman’s terms, why this is worth investigating. Presenters will have a maximum of 2 minutes to “ride the elevator” and present key components of their research. The speeches will be judged, and fun prizes will be awarded. Winners will have their videos played during the conference.

For more information, please email EdD_online@baylor.edu