Graduate Student Focus


Call for Submissions – Jackson Scholars Network Research Symposium


The 35th annual UCEA Convention is currently scheduled to be held November 1114, 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Part of the honor of being a 2nd-year Jackson Scholar is the responsibility of presenting at the UCEA Convention in the Jackson Scholars Network Research Symposium which takes place on Thursday, November 11. Your research presentation should be a comprehensive (10-12 minute) PowerPoint presentation of your dissertation research as it stands in November 2021. You may present your dissertation progress or your dissertation plans. If you will not have either by that time, you may present other research you are conducting with your advisor. Your proposal should reflect your presentation intentions to the degree possible.    

All 2nd-year Scholars are required to submit a proposal for their presentation by the end of Sunday, August 15, 2021 (11:59 pm EDT). The proposal should be submitted through All Academic (link below). Remember you are submitting to Jackson Scholars Network Research Symposium!!

Proposal submission length should not exceed three (3) single-spaced pages (approximately 1,500 words or 6,000 characters; excluding references and tables/figures) using 12-point font (Times New Roman). References are required and must not exceed one (1) single-spaced page (approximately 400 words or 2,200 characters).

The following components will be required, so you should have them ready prior to uploading your proposal. Remember to submit to “Jackson Scholars Network Research Symposium.”

1. Title – As you would like it to appear in the program.

2. Abstract – Limit to 75 words.

3. References – 400 words maximum.

AllAcademic will accept the following proposal formats: Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, PlainText, and Rich Text Format.

Scholars will be asked to forward a final version of their presentation to the session facilitator by October 31, 2021. You will receive additional instructions for this task in the Fall.   

Some of you may also be submitting proposals to the Graduate Student Summit or UCEA Annual Convention. Jackson Scholars Network will make every attempt to avoid and/or work around conflicts, but the Jackson Scholars Network Research Symposium will take precedence over other engagements.   

Please refer any questions to Lawrence Louis at