March 6, 2007

College of Education symposium to showcase student work, speaker

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A graduate student symposium on March 28 will feature the research work of students in Purdue University's College of Education.

The first Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium in Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom is free and open to the public. Events will kick off at 1 p.m. with a poster session, and second session will begin at 2:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Students in education-related degree programs from across Purdue's campus will be available to discuss their research interests as well as position papers and instruction and curriculum materials. Students will be competing for cash prizes in several categories during the poster sessions.

Jonathan Plucker, a professor of learning, cognition and instruction, and cognitive science at Indiana University's School of Education, will present the keynote address, "Making an Impact: How to Become a Lifelong Creative Researcher," at 4 p.m.

Plucker, director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, will address creating research programs that impact others by approaching educational problems from a creative perspective. Known for his policy work in Indiana, Plucker studies creativity, intelligence and boredom.

George Hynd, dean of the College of Education, whose office is sponsoring the event, said the day offers good opportunities for both students and community members.

"Attending the symposium allows the community to learn about what the educators of tomorrow are focusing on," he said. "It also offers our graduate students the chance to practice presenting their work while receiving valuable feedback."

More information is available online at

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079,

Source: Tonya Agnew, College of Education communications and alumni relations director, (765) 494-0568,

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