There are many approaches to writing conference proposals. These often depend on content and methodology, but excellent conference (and research) proposals often share some important features. The Graduate Student Council has received many questions regarding both conference proposal writing and preparing for delivering conference presentations. We hope the growing collection of resources shared below will assist you in your development as a conference presenter.
In an effort to compile a list of their common characteristics, the Graduate Student Council has taken time to review the highest rated proposal submissions from the UCEA Annual Convention. These proposals received top scores and unanimous support from their reviewers. We hope that you will find this list of their common characteristics helpful and informative when crafting your future conference/summit proposals.
Many of the exemplary proposals followed the structured abstract format outlined in:
Mosteller, F., Nave, B., & Miech, E. J. (2004). Why we need a structured abstract in education research. Educational Researcher, 33, 29–34. doi:10.3102/0013189X033001029
The National Academy of Education together with the Spencer Foundation recommends On the Art of Writing Proposals for applicants to their competitive dissertation fellowship.
UCEA Program Center Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) has compiled the resources for delivering presentation effectively.
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