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Welcome to the 19th Annual Doctoral Research Symposium

For almost two decades, the symposium has been the signature event of the doctoral programs in business and education at the university. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather again in person and continue to share the event with our online community.


Saturday, March 4 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Saint Mary’s University Center

Event Highlights

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Breakout Sessions and Workshops
  • Poster Session
  • Panel Discussion
  • Awards

Schedule of Events

Zoom Links:



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  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Check-in Registration – Lobby Continental Breakfast – Ballroom East
  • 9 – 9:30 a.m. Program Directors Welcome–Ballroom East ISTEP Noyce Scholar Award
  • 9:30 – 10 a.m. WORKSHOPS:
    • Working with the IRB: Conf. Room 203
    • Writing Center: Dissertation Strategies: Conf. Room 201
    • Comprehensive Exam Ed.D.: Banquet East
    • Comprehensive Exam DBA: Banquet West
  • 10 – 10:45 a.m. In-Person Poster Sessions–Ballroom West, Online Poster Session–Conference Room 201
  • 11 – 11:45 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION 1
    • Implementing a Universal Design Online Course for College Students with Disabilities: Banquet East
    • Barriers, Boundaries, and Constellations: A Grounded Theory Study of Attributional Ambiguity and Women in Higher Education Leadership: Banquet West
    • The Journey Toward a Dissertation Topic: Conf. Room 202
    • Efficacy of Servant Leadership on Team Effectiveness: Conf. Room 201
    •  Social Skill Development in Preschool Children: A Comparison of Two Curriculum Models: Conf. Room 203
  • Noon- 1:20 p.m. Lunch – Panel and Q&A
    • Ballroom East
  • 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. BREAKOUT SESSION 2
    • Educational Values Ecosystem Services and its Impact on Carbon Footprint. A Study in Peru.: Banquest East
    • Use of Knowledge Regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences to Implement a System of Identifying and Supporting Elementary Students Who Experience Trauma: Banquet West
    • Higher Education Attainment of Indigenous Learners of the White Earth Nation: Conf. Room 203
    • A Phenomenological Study of Black Faculty and their Lived Experiences of Racial Battle Fatigue: Conf. Room 201
    • Grounded Theory Study To Understand How Healthcare Administrators Determine Whether Or Not To Employ Child Life Specialists To Serve Their Seriously Ill Patients Who Have Minor Children: Conf. Room 202
  • 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Faculty Presentations
    • Better Self Management through Greater Self Awareness: Banquet East
    • A Systems Perspective on Creativity and Innovation: Banquet West
  • 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Awards and Closing – Ballroom East

Zoom links

Join Zoom Meeting Url:  https://smumn.zoom.us/j/87642745035?pwd=dU9JaElKYTRqMTlXNlp6V1pxODdVQT09 Meeting ID: 876 4274 5035 Passcode: 302854