Research in Progress (RiP) Call for Proposals
The Mid-South Education Research Association (MSERA) invites submissions for Research-in-Progress (RiP) sessions (roundtable and presentation) at the 2023 MSERA Annual Meeting in Pensacola, FL November 8-10, 2023.
RiP, an initiative of the Mid-South Education Research Foundation (MSERF), provides a formal presentation opportunity for university students (graduate & undergraduate) who are engaged in research that is underway but is not sufficiently far along to submit for other MSERA submissions.
Sessions will include up to 3-5 student presenters, group by research interest area, and will be chaired and by a facilitator. The author of each accepted proposal will make either a 10-minute presentation in a research session or share their research within a round table RiP session. A general discussion will follow the presentation in both venues. The RiP Roundtables and Presentations are intended to maximize interaction and discussion of each research project.
Research-in-Progress is intended for presentation of research projects that are not yet completed but are sufficiently far along to share their work and contribute to a substantive discussion of the work at its current stage. The RiP sessions are designed for university students to present research underway and not work that is still being planned or has not yet commenced. Students seeking to participate in the RiP series should be able to prepare a working paper that sets forth the research, where they are in the research process, and salient issues related to the project, findings, and completion of the work.
RiP Roundtable Sessions will be 50 minutes long and each roundtable will include 3 to 5 participants. Like other Annual Meeting roundtable sessions, RiP Roundtables will emphasize interaction, so there are only brief presentations to stimulate discussion and no discussants. Because of the emphasis on brief presentations and discussion and the physical configuration of this type of roundtables in large rooms with multiple roundtables, no audiovisual equipment is provided. Presenters who wish to display brief information may do so from their own tablet or laptop computer. A session handout with your contact information is encouraged as well.
RiP Presentation Sessions will be 50 minutes long and will include 3 to 5 student participants. Students will each present a 10-12 minute presentation of their RiP followed by a general discussion facilitated by an assigned MSERA member.
Students submitting their work to be presented as RiP must be:
A university student (graduate or undergraduate) in a degree program at the time of application and during the 2023 MSERA Annual Meeting
Committed to attending the 2023 MSERA Annual Meeting in person
Complete the MSERA RiP Submission no later than June 30, 2023.
Upload a brief working paper (maximum 1000 words) that provides an overview of the research in progress, describes the current stage of the project, and includes brief descriptions of the following:
Research problem or objectives
Theoretical or conceptual framework
Research question(s) and relevant literature
Methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
Data sources, evidence, objects, or materials
Preliminary or anticipated findings
Scholarly significance or anticipated contribution to the field
Anticipated progress or next steps prior to the Annual Meeting
**Submissions will not be considered complete if they do not include each of the above eight elements.
Subheadings are a helpful way to organize your submissions but are not required.
Paper should follow current APA formatting guidelines including in-text citations.
All accepted proposals will be considered for one of the Distinguished RiP Awards to be given at the Annual Meeting. Follow this link for more information about the Distinguished RiP Awards guidelines.
If you have questions about Research-in-Progress, please email email@example.com and include “MSERA RiP” in the subject line.
2023 Recipients of the Research-in-Progress Awards
James Barbee, Union University (Jackson, TN)
Dana Barchak, University of Memphis
Claudia Bawole, University of Alabama
Patricia Gordon, Louisiana Tech
LoRen Modisa, University of South Alabama
Camryn O'Conner, Arkansas State University
Pamela Shewalter, Middle Tennessee State University
Jill Westerlund, University of Alabama
Distinguished Research in Progress Awards
Guidelines for Distinguished RiP Awards
Upon review of all RiP (Research in Progress) proposals, those eligible to receive a Distinguished RiP Award will be notified via email, which will include the RiP Award Application and instructions for completion.
Any Distinguished RiP Award Recipient must
Be a current student at the time of the Annual Meeting
Be sole or Primary Author
Submit completed RiP Award Application and supporting materials by October 1, 2023
Register for the Annual Meeting
Attend Annual Meeting
Present RiP (research not completed or successfully defended by the time of the Annual Meeting) in assigned RiP Paper Session or Roundtable Session.
Be present at the MSERA Business Meeting on Thursday Evening.