Graduate Research Roundtable Call for Proposals for the 2016 OMEA PDC

A graduate research roundtable session will be held at the 2016 OMEA Professional Development Conference on January 28, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30. Six Ohio graduate music education students will be selected to present their in-progress dissertations, theses, or other research projects in a conversational setting to Ohio college and university music education faculty and students.

This roundtable session will give students the opportunity to (a) practice presenting their research multiple times (being able to present research is a valuable skill); (b) talk through their study with a small, friendly group of people (talking about a study aloud sometimes helps to clarify the details); (c) receive feedback, both general and specific, from multiple persons; and (d) gain additional perspectives and ideas on how to proceed with various aspects of the study.

The format will be as follows: Presenters will be seated at a round table with their laptop computer (encouraged) and 30 abstracts of their study (limited to two pages). Several chairs will also be at the table for Ohio music education faculty members, other graduate students, and any additional people interested in participating. Students presenting their research will give an 8- to 10-minute overview of their study, preferably with a Power- Point presentation on their own battery-driven laptop computer. This will be followed by a 10- to 15-minute discussion among the presenter and the group, facilitated by a faculty member. After the discussion, the group will move to the next table for another student’s presentation and discussion. This process of moving from table to table will continue throughout the 2-hour session.

To apply to present your research-in-progress, complete the form at the URL listed below no later than midnight on October 26, 2015. All applicants will be notified whether or not they are among the six who will present their research at the roundtable no later than December 1, 2015. Online proposal submission:

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Dr. Nathan Kruse at or 216-368-0675.

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