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Attend the Doctoral Research Symposium

January 3, 2020

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Each year, Saint Mary’s University hosts the Doctoral Research Symposium bringing together all three doctoral programs to showcase research, facilitate career development, and provide a complete view of doctoral education from start to finish.

This year’s Doctoral Research Symposium will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020. The all-day event features valuable opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni, and students in all stages of their education.

The symposium is shaped by the doctoral community offering various opportunities to present research. Students and alumni are highly encouraged to present their work. Doctoral students, depending on their progression within their program, can present posters of research proposals. Alumni (or students who have completed their proposal, or have an approved research project in process) can host a 45-minute breakout session.

The symposium is a low-pressure, high interaction environment where individuals can present their work to a supportive community of peers. It’s also an ideal opportunity to practice presenting for those who wish to gain more experience, and to provide and receive feedback.

In addition to research presentations, this year’s symposium will feature a keynote address and a panel discussing academic jobs post-doctorate. Dr. Karen Shields Wright – Ignatian spiritual director, wellness expert, patient advocate, chaplain, doctor of chiropractic medicine, and health consultant – will deliver the keynote address. Drs. Schultz and Nowakowski will be among those presenting on the panel.

The day will conclude with dissertation defenses from the Ed.D. and Psy.D. programs. The defenses are open to all and a way for current and prospective students to see the culminating project of their educational experience in action.

Please consider attending this event to learn about doctoral programs, gain new knowledge, engage or reconnect with members of the Saint Mary’s community, and perhaps present original work.

If you’d like to actively participate, please consider volunteering. We’re particularly looking for volunteers to help with set-up the day before the event on March 6. Please contact Kayla Collins ( if interested.

We hope you’ll join us for this robust day of research, learning, sharing, and community.

By: McKayla Collins, program coordinator