Call for Proposals: AERA Division D Graduate Student In-Progress Research Gala

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Proposal Due Date: Friday, December 4th, 2020, 11:59 P.M. PST

Anticipated Notification Date: Friday, February 12th, 2021

Division D (Measurement & Research Methodologies) is seeking graduate students who are interested in sharing their in-progress research at the 2021 AERA Annual Conference which will be held in a virtual format. Additional details regarding the virtual format will be released closer to April 2021 .

The Division D Graduate Student In-Progress Research Gala is an interactive poster session with an audience of interested researchers, including a panel of reviewers who will rate proposals and provide formative feedback. Professional researchers will also attend the Gala and provide feedback to the student presenters. In-progress denotes work that has started and is incomplete; this is not a study plan.

The top ten (10) scored proposals will be asked to give a 5-minute presentation of their work during the Gala. Three (3) winners from these ten will be chosen by a combination of proposal ratings and live assessment by professional researchers attending the event! Winners will present and receive a prize of $300 at the 2022 Division D Business meeting during the annual conference.

We invite you to submit a proposal in the following methodological approaches:

❖ Educational Measurement, Psychometrics, and Assessment;

❖ Statistical Theory and Quantitative Methodologies;

❖ Qualitative Methodologies; or

❖ Multiple and Mixed Methodologies.


Since this is for in-progress work, the body of your proposal submission should be no longer than four (4) single-spaced pages of 12-point font with 1” margins on all sides . This does not include references, tables, figures, or appendices. The appendices should only be used to provide supplemental information such as scales or measures that are pertinent to your research; they should not be used to include substantial parts of the submission that did not fit in the body due to space limitations. Your proposal submission should be a blinded copy of the paper (i.e., all author identifying information must be removed from the proposal document). Non-Adhering submissions will be disqualified.

The body of your proposal submission should include the following:

➢ Title of Paper: No author identifying information, e.g., do not have your name in the author position or include your university anywhere on the submission

➢ Abstract: A brief summary of your research project, as would be submitted in a manuscript. Please make sure that the goal of the research is specifically stated, as this will provide immediate context for the reviewers, and allow them to provide better feedback for your proposal.

➢ Introduction: Provide the necessary information to describe the context of your work. For additional guidance in crafting this section, see the “Introduction” section of the APA Publication Manual (Section 2.05). Be sure to include the most relevant previous research on the topic (if applicable). Due to space limitations, a full literature review would not be appropriate nor necessary.

➢ Research Questions/Hypotheses: Clearly state your specific research questions and the aim of the study for the reviewer. Proposal reviewers will be asked to evaluate the appropriateness of your methods given your research questions, so we ask that you make these explicit in the proposal.

➢ Methods: How are you going to answer your research question? Detail all of the anticipated steps necessary to complete your research. This should include sufficient detail for the reviewer to carry out your study.

➢ Anticipated / Preliminary Results: What do you expect to happen in your study, if this can possibly be known? What results do you have so far? (Note: it is not necessary to have preliminary results to submit a proposal.)

➢ Impact / Importance of Research: Why are you doing this research? What is the broader impact or applicability of your research? How will this help others or advance research in your field?

➢ Limitations / Future Research: What subsequent studies will your research inspire? What aspects of your study could be changed to provide more information on a relevant research question? (We can’t always include all of the study conditions we’d like!)

The Introduction and Methods sections should constitute the majority of your proposal. Reviewers reading the proposal will be doing so with two aims in mind: (1) to provide helpful feedback to improve in the study; and (2) assess the quality of the proposal. The Introduction and Method sections, along with the Impact /Importance of your research, will be weighed most heavily in the proposal scoring.

Complete your proposal submission for the Div D In-Progress Research Gala today by clicking on the following link:

This is a Qualtrics Survey to which you will attach your proposal as a PDF.

The submission deadline is Friday, December 4th, 2020, at 11:59 PM PST.

No late submissions will be accepted.

One proposal per student, please. If you submit more than once, we will use the most recent. You may revise your submitted proposal at any time before the deadline.

If you have any questions about your submission or the submission process, please email with your concern, and we will help as soon as possible. Thank you! We look forward to receiving your proposal submissions!

AERA Division D Graduate Student Committee

The AERA Division D Graduate Student Committee is a group of graduate students that have volunteered their time to serve the larger AERA Division D graduate student community. If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Division D GSC or in applying to become a member in the future, please visit our website and provide your contact information to . We will be posting a call for GSC applications closer to the Annual Meeting, but feel free to go ahead and reach out if you are interested in serving for the 2021-2022 school year. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for regular updates.