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.

If you are participating in the Sybouts Student Research Seminar as a distance student, you can use the following link to access the seminar live:

JUNE 21, 2017


"Developing the Holistic Student: Collaborative Approaches to Research"

8:30 a.m.  -  Welcome and Important Information for EDAD Students

  • New course offerings/department updates, presented by EDAD Department Chair Dr. Brent Cejda
  • 8:30-8:40 a.m.: What is EDAD GSA?, video presentation by EDAD GSA Officers

8:40 a.m.  -  Identifying and developing your research

  • Presentation by EDAD faculty member Dr. Christina Yao
  • Group Activity & Discussion

9:25-10 a.m.  -  Gathering the literature

  • 9:25-9:40 a.m.  -  UNL libraries, presentation by EDAD subject librarian and Assistant Professor Dr. Erica DeFrain
  • 9:40-10 a.m.  -  Developing a literature review, presentation by EDAD faculty member Dr. Richard Torraco

10 a.m.  -  Selecting a research methodology (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Method)

  • Roundtable Discussions – selecting your methodology
    • Speakers: EDAD faculty member Dr. Jiangang Xia and Ed Psych faculty member Dr. Wayne Babchuk and EDAD graduate Dr. Kathy Najjar

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. -  Campus and methodology resources

  • 10:30-11 a.m.  -  UNL Office of Graduate Studies, presentation by the Associate Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Development Neal Bryan
  • 11-11:30 a.m.  -  Nebraska Evaluation and Research (NEAR) Center, presentation by consultant Steven Svoboda
  • 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.  -  Buros Center for Testing, presentation by the Associate Director of the Buros Center Dr. Janet Carlson

12-1 p.m.  -  Lunch *(not streamed online)

  • Everyone will engage in discussions on their research interest and the ways in which they can collaborate with peers/faculty on research!

1-2 p.m.  -  Conducting the research

  • 1 p.m.-1:25 p.m.  -  UNL Institutional Review Board, presentation by Research Compliance Services  Specialist Lindsey Arneson 
  • 1:25-2 p.m.  -   Discussion panel –conducting the research
    • Speakers: EDAD faculty members Dr. Sarah Zuckerman, Dr. Jiangang Xia, Dr. Stephanie Bondi and EDAD graduate Dr. Eva Bachman

2-2:25 p.m.  -  Disseminating your research

  • Presentation by EDAD faculty member Dr. Christina Yao

2:25-2:45 p.m.  -  Connecting your research to post-graduation (Faculty, Practitioner, or Researcher)

  • Discussion panel – Connecting research to future career aspirations
    • Speakers: EDAD faculty member Dr. Marilyn Grady and EDAD graduates Dr. Karen Kassebaum, Dr. Jeff Beavers, Dr. Jill Timmons

2:45-3 p.m.  -  Closing remarks, EDAD Research Opportunities


Registration is closed.

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.