Sybouts Student Research Seminar


The Sybouts Student Research Seminar is hosted annually by the Department of Educational Administration to give current graduate students an opportunity to present their research, connect with peers and learn of other opportunities that support student research. Student speakers share their research processes and experiences leading up to the completion of their respective proposal defense, thesis or dissertation. The goal of the seminar is to give participants key ideas on how to move forward with their own research in their respective EDAD programs.

JUNE 24, 2016 Presentation Schedule (subject to changes)

8:30am-9:00am: Registration, breakfast

9:00am-9:45am: Resources and Important Information for EDAD Students

  • 9:00am-9:15am:  New course offerings/department updates
  • 9:15am-9:25am:  EDAD GSA
  • 9:25am-9:45am:  UNL Office of Graduate Studies

9:45am-10:30am: Identifying a research question

  • 9:45am-10:15am:  Discussion panel – identifying a research topic
  • 10:15am-10:30am:  Small group activity – developing research questions

10:30am-11:15am: Gathering and making sense of the literature

  • 10:30am-10:50am:  UNL libraries
  • 10:50am-11:15am:  Making sense of the literature

11:15am-11:45pm: Choosing a research methodology

  • 11:15am-11:45am:  Discussion panel –choosing your methodology

11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch

  • 11:45am-12:45pm:  Connect with your peers! Everyone will be divided into special groups for lunchtime discussion

12:45pm-1:25pm: Methodology resources

1:25-2:25pm: Conducting the research

  • 1:25pm-1:45pm:  UNL Institutional Research Board
  • 1:45pm-1:55pm:  Break
  • 1:55pm-2:25pm:  Discussion panel –conducting the research

2:25-2:45pm: Communicating your research to external audiences

2:45-3:00pm: Closing remarks, research opportunities


Thank you to our sponsors, Dr. Ward and Suzie Sybouts!

The Department of Educational Administration would like to recognize the Ward and Suzie Sybouts Fund for sponsoring the Sybouts Student Research Seminar.

Ward Sybouts was associated with Teachers College and UNL for 33 years. He served as a faculty member and chair of what is now the department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education; held administrative appointments in Teachers College, Graduate Studies, and the Division of Continuing education; and, finally, spent 11 years as a faculty member in the Department of Education Administration. Ward was instrumental in establishing the first distance doctoral cohort in Nebraska, which served students who did not have access to graduate education because of geographic distance from a college campus. In many ways he laid the groundwork for our current distance program, which is facilitating the educational attainment of 200+ doctoral students.

Some of our students are of an age where they still remember the days before a computer, when a typewriter and liquid paper or correction tape served as the primary tools in preparing the doctoral manuscript. Suzie Sybouts assisted hundreds of EDAD doctoral students in the preparation of their dissertation manuscripts–the majority before the common use of computers. Many of our alumni have indicated her contribution to the completion of their dissertation was as valuable as any member of their committee.