Gallaudet University Research

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Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018
Theme: The value of Interdisciplinary research at Gallaudet University
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Power of Interdisciplinary Research
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Presentations: Interdisciplinary Research Proposals
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Poster Session
Hosted by: Provost Carol Erting, Academic Affairs
Event Coordinator: Senda Benaissa, Office of Research Support & International

Research Expo 2018 Background:

Gallaudet Research Expo 2018 (RExpo 2018) will continue its goal of uniting researchers and scholars, raising awareness of the many and varied research studies underway at Gallaudet, and fostering interdisciplinary research projects. Students, faculty, and staff from across multiple disciplines will be given the opportunity to share ideas and showcase scholarly pursuits and achievements. RExpo 2018 will capitalize on the strengths of Gallaudet's research units, including education, linguistics, STM, neuroscience, interpretation and translation, computer science, audiology, psychology, deaf studies, and other fields that reflect Gallaudet's research priorities.

The RExpo 2018 theme will be different from the two previous Expos. As stated above, past University Research Expos have encouraged an interdisciplinary approach to research studies, but RExpo 2018 will bring this concept to the forefront by making research across disciplines the central focus. The intent of RExpo organizers is that promoting interdisciplinary research will lead to its expansion, and as a result, lead to even more varied and meaningful studies between Gallaudet's research units in the future.

RExpo 2018 Objectives

  • Expand interdisciplinary research at Gallaudet by increasing the number of students, faculty, and staff engaged in research studies.
  • Emphasize the importance of Gallaudet's research objectives.
  • Incorporate Gallaudet's priorities into research studies.
  • Expand networking among Gallaudet's community of researchers.
  • Motivate more individuals in the Gallaudet community to engage in scholarly research.

Expand Interdisciplinary Research at Gallaudet

The Interdisciplinary approach, combined with additional resources and powerful analytic tools, will enable novel and groundbreaking work in research.
This type of study allows students and faculty to learn by making connections between ideas and concepts across disciplinary boundaries. Students who learn this way are able to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to another. For example, it isn't difficult to find a common theme that crosses boundaries in the fields of literature, art, and/or history, and science and/or mathematics. Studying a topic from such dissimilar fields incorporates ideas, resulting in a more meaningful, enriching learning experience.
In order to achieve true interdisciplinary study in an educational environment, collaboration between faculty and students is necessary. Interdisciplinary teaching and learning is maximized when faculty from different disciplines work together to serve a common purpose, and also helps students make the connections between different disciplines or subject areas.
To help EXpo 18 reach its full potential, faculty with current research studies are encouraged to identify and recruit additional faculty to participate.

Presentation & Poster Submission:

NEW: Four-minute Presentation of Interdisciplinary Research Proposal Submission Information:

Four-minute presentations focus on a preliminary interdisciplinary research proposal plan based on the Five plus One Gallaudet Research Priorities (see attachment). The research study requires the perspectives of two or more disciplines that enhance understanding of the topic and subsequently lead to more in-depth conclusions. It is not necessary that the research study be current or recently completed; rather, it should be an acceptable proposal for research under the supervision of the faculty advisor. The student needs to demonstrate convincingly that the study will make a contribution to the research questions or issues.
Student(s) can work independently or jointly to incorporate learning from different disciplinary fields and present together or on their own. Faculty advisor(s) must review and validate the research topic and plan before the proposal application is submitted.

II. Research Poster Submission Information:
The Research Poster is open to everyone (faculty, students and staff) to provide visual summaries of research project, but is NOT required to include interdisciplinary research. Applicants will submit a poster display that includes the Research Study Proposal. Applicants must design a poster proposal for submission (no written proposal).

5 Research Priorities, plus 1

1. Learning and Achieving Throughout the Lifespan
Research related to evidence-based early childhood, K-12, and college/postgraduate education; professional and technical training; policies in pre-college and higher education, the workplace and government; and related topics.

2. Culture and Demographics
Research related to the arts, humanities, diversity within and among communities, ethics, underserved populations, characteristics of individuals, and related topics.

3. Technology
Research related to telecommunications, computer, and general technology accessibility; English-to-sign avatars; speech recognition; captioning; ASL and English learning and acquisition; assistive and workplace technology, and social technology in the D/deaf community; bioethics; ergonomics; robotics; and related topics.

4. Quality of Life and Subjective Experience
Research related to living as a d/Deaf or hard of hearing individual, including creativity, philosophy, bioethics, genetics, mental health, epistemology, and related topics.

5. Cognition and Neuroscience
Research related to furthering understanding of the relationship between cognitive phenomena and the underlying physical substrate of the brain in d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Topics include processing visual, tactile, and auditory communication and languages, separately and mutually; neurolinguistics; pedagogy; and adult learning.

6. Additional Priority - Science, Technology, Arts, & Mathematics
Research related to biology, chemistry, mathematics, public health, pre-medicine, and information technology fields.

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