The 2020 Annual Meeting of MSERA will be October 28-30, 2020, in Little
Rock, AR. All members of MSERA and others are invited to submit
proposals for possible inclusion in the program. Proposals for (a)
Discussion sessions; (b) Display sessions; (c) Symposia; (d) Training
sessions; or (e) Research in Progress sessions will be considered if
they are submitted electronically by July 15, 2020. Proposals are to be
submitted in the form of an abstract.
All abstract submissions
● must be submitted online through the proposal
submission portal no later than July 15, 2020;
● should not include the proposal title, references,
tables, or lists;
● and may not exceed 500 words.
Subsequent communication between the Program Chair and the primary
author will be conducted by email. It is important that primary
authors are able to access email during the period of June 30 through
Submit one completed proposal Information web page form for each paper.
The primary author will be notified by email of receipt of the
proposal. Each proposal will undergo a blind review process. Only the
title and the abstract, along with the proposal ID, will be provided to
Final notification of the disposition of each proposal will be e-mailed
to the primary author no later than September 15, 2020.
all correspondence to
the 2020 program chair, Michael Mills.
the following sections regarding proposals. A link to submit a proposal
found in the final section.
Eligible for Submission
of Eligible Proposals
Eligible for Submission
MSERA and others are invited to submit proposals for the following
in Progress (students only)
All submissions for the James E. McLean Outstanding Distinguished Paper
and the Herbert M. Handley Outstanding Thesis/Dissertation Award
submitted as a proposal for the Annual Meeting and also must follow
instructions for each award. Click
here for specific instructions for each award.
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information submitted in a proposal is assumed to be accurate and
print-ready. No program proof will be provided to presenters. Proposers
must ensure that all information in a proposal is accurate (e.g.,
spelling of presenters' names).
first and last names will be used in the program; therefore, proposers
are asked to submit only first and last names. Courtesy titles (e.g.,
Mr., Mrs., Dr.), academic credentials following a name (e.g., Ph.D.,
Ed.D.), and middle initials will not be included in the program.
of accepted proposals are expected to submit the complete manuscript
before the date of their assigned presentation. Submission details will
be provided to the primary authors of accepted proposals. All
manuscripts must adhere to APA 7th edition format. Multimedia
presentation slides are not considered complete manuscripts.
manuscripts will be available online after the Annual Meeting and are
not considered as publications.
of Eligible Proposals
presentations are arranged around a general topic. Each participant
will make a 10-13 minute presentation. A general discussion will follow
the presentation. Papers may be one of three types:
● research, evaluation, or program results
● position papers
● reviews of the literature
An abstract for a paper presenting research, evaluation, or program results should include the following:
● a statement of the problem
● a brief description of the research that provides the theoretical grounding for the problem
● a summary of the methods which includes a
description of data collection, instrumentation, analysis, and subjects
● conclusions/implications of the study
criteria will include the five areas listed above. Abstracts not
including this information in sufficient detail to enable reviewers to
evaluate the study adequately are likely to be rejected.
An abstract for a position paper should contain the basic tenets of the position and supporting evidence.
abstract for a review of literature should include a statement of the
problem, method of selecting relevant articles/studies, basic findings,
are to be organized to permit informal discussion of research projects,
innovative instructional or administrative techniques, or new types of
instrumentation. Display presenters will be provided a table and chair
for their presentation; therefore, the display should be free standing.
No other equipment will be provided (electrical access, easels, display
boards, etc.). Displayers will have at least one hour for a session.
Abstracts for displays should include a description of the topic, its
significance, and methods used.
are 50 minute sessions that contain several research papers on a single
topic. Abstracts for a symposium should include an overview, summaries
of several papers, and suggestions for audience participation. The
cover sheet for a symposium should list the organizer as the senior
author and should include the title and presenter of each of the papers
in the symposium as "Co-authors." If the organizer presents a paper,
s/he should be listed among the co-authors in addition to the listing
on pertinent and popular topics, these sessions last one or two hours.
Abstracts should include scope of the session, objectives to be
covered, and a brief summary of the activities. An abbreviated vita for
each trainer must be sent as a separate email attachment to the program
(RIP) - Graduate Students Only
sessions are reserved for graduate students who are not yet finished
with their research studies. Each participant will make a 10-13 minute
presentation. A general discussion will follow the presentation. Papers
must describe research or the plan/literature review on which the
student is currently working. Papers may be one of two types:
- research, evaluation, or program results
- reviews of the literature
abstract for a Research in Progress session should include as much of
the following that the student currently has. Not all elements are
needed to submit for these sessions:
- a statement of the problem
- a brief description of the research that provides the theoretical grounding for the problem
- a summary of the methods which includes a description of data collection, instrumentation, analysis, and subjects
- conclusions/implications of the study
a student's presentation has been provisionally accepted, the student
will be required to submit his/her contact/affiliation information and
a letter of support to the RIP reviewers in order to receive any
available funding and to be scheduled for the conference.
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authors of papers selected for presentation will be notified by email
of their scheduled presentation in the program. The e-mail will give
the title of the presentation, author(s) and institution(s) of
affiliation exactly as it will appear in the program. The date and time
of the presentation will also be given. The program chair must be
notified of any changes in date or time assigned, as well as any
changes or corrections to the program citation by September 15, 2020.
Program corrections cannot be made after this date.
authors of papers selected for the program must present their papers in
person. If adverse circumstances prevent this, the primary author has
the responsibility for obtaining a substitute to make the presentation.
Not meeting this obligation could prevent your acceptance for proposals
submitted to MSERA for future years. The program chair must be notified
of any changes of this nature as soon as possible.
- All presenters (including co-authors who attend) must register for the meeting prior to presenting their papers.
contributor may be the primary author of no more than a total of two
discussion papers, displays, symposium papers or training sessions.
Contributors may participate as a second or later author on as many
papers as desired. The program chair cannot guarantee that individuals
who appear as second or later authors on numerous papers will not
experience conflicts in scheduling.
screen and data projector will be available in
each meeting room. All other equipment--including laptop
or tablets--must be provided by each presenter. Again, laptop computers
not be provided. Data projectors will be accompanied with
cables (possibly HDMI cables); presenters must provide their own Mac
or HDMI cables.
the link below to access the proposal. Submitting a proposal is
acknowledgement that you have read and understand all details present
this Call for Proposals.