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Fall 2020 School of Education Student Scholarship Exhibition

The SOE Scholarship Exhibition is a virtual poster session hosted by the School of Education. The purpose of this event is threefold:

  1. Highlight student scholarly endeavors within our school and celebrate research that is completed or underway.
  2. Create an opportunity for School of Education students at all levels to think about research and how it improves our respective fields.
  3. Recognize and appreciate the work of student peers.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Monday, December 7 through Wednesday, December 9

  • Posters are now available online for viewing on this website by using the navigation links at the top of the page to access the four category galleries:
    1. Proposed Research
    2. Research Completed or Research In Progress
    3. Experiential Education and Clinical Practice Reflections
    4. Creative Practice.
    • Thursday, December 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

      Scholarship Exhibition Closing Ceremony & Awards with Educational Research Panel on COVID19 and its Educational Impacts

      Panel Participants

      Photo of Natasha Cornell

      Natasha Cornell serves as the Director of Noncredit Student Services at NYU, School of Professional Studies. She is responsible for developing and implementing inclusive support services for a diverse student body. Prior to her current role, she has served in various leadership positions in Student Affairs. She has been a higher education practitioner for over 20 years. Natasha holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at Monmouth University. Her areas of interest include organizational learning and development, inclusive leadership, emotional intelligence, and reflective practice.

      Photo of Derek Tranchina

      Derek Tranchina is a recent graduate of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Monmouth University. His dissertation, entitled “The Impact of an Extracurricular Student Technology Leadership Club on Student Affect, Achievement, and School Technology Use at the Middle School Level” involved the implementation of a student club known as the S.W.A.T. Team (Students Working to Advance Technology). Currently working as an adjunct Professor in the Department of Education at Monmouth, Derek also works in the Ocean Township School District as a Technology Integration Specialist. Furthermore, he is a consultant on behalf of Kiker Learning, a Google for Education Partner Organization, and is a regular presenter at various education conferences including Techspo, the NJEA Convention, and Garden State Summit.

      Photo of Dr. Ai Kamei

      Dr. Ai Kamei, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Monmouth University. Her research and teaching focus on evidence-based strategies for classroom and behavior management in inclusive settings, social emotional learning, instructional technologies, teacher education, and students and families from diverse backgrounds. Currently, Dr. Kamei and her colleagues are working on research projects related to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted special education professionals, particularly the challenges and concerns experienced during remote-teaching.

      Panel Moderator

      Photo of Dr. Vernon Smith

      Dr. Vernon Smith
      Assistant Professor

Photo of faculty and students during School of Education Student Scholarship Exhibition 2019

Virtual Scholarship Exhibition FAQ

The SOE Scholarship Exhibition is a virtual poster session hosted by the School of Education. The purpose of this event is threefold:

  1. Highlight student scholarly endeavors within our school and celebrate research that is completed or underway
  2. Create an opportunity for School of Education students at all levels to think about research and how it improves our respective fields
  3. Recognize and appreciate the work of student peers


This will be a multi-day event beginning on Monday December 7, with the kick-off of the poster presentations on the Monmouth University website.

Between Monday and Wednesday at midnight, everyone will be encouraged to view the posters online and vote for the best presentation in each category.

Finally, on Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m., there will be a live closing ceremony on Zoom. During this event there will be a virtual live research panel presentation, and the awards will be given for the exemplary poster presentations.

As the definition of scholarship varies widely from discipline to discipline, we have opened up the poster session to include four areas:

  1. Proposed Research
    This includes research that has not entered data collection, however uses the research process for problem identification, research question formation, and a plan for conducting research. This area would fit well for introductory research methods classes or students in the planning phase of honors theses. Posters would walk through this planning phase of research and likely include background, purpose and methods sections, though no specific format is required.
  2. Completed Research or Research In Progress
    This includes scholarly research that is either in the data collection process without final results or research that has been completed. This can include scholarship conducted for honors theses, class projects that utilize the research process, faculty/student research collaborations, and independent research.
  3. Experiential Education and Clinical Practice Reflections
    This includes critical reflection of fieldwork experiences through internship opportunities and clinical practice placements. Posters will include reflection on the site, clients/students, assignments/role, as well as what the presenter learned through the experience and a reflection on how they impacted their site. This could work well for social work placements, clinical experiences in education, counseling, and speech language pathology, health studies professional seminar internships, and nursing clinical placements.
  4. Creative Practice
    This category is designed to highlight other scholarship that is taking place in the classroom that involves thoughtful inquiry or analysis according to the standards of your field. This category may include development of a lesson plan based on current pedagogy, an in-depth analysis of a policy or problem in the field, or a service learning experience that transformed understanding of the field. This category might also include timely and creative practices that were developed in the face of a virtual/hybrid Covid-19 educational environment. These are just examples, and this category is designed to demonstrate that scholarship in each field is often more broad than a traditional social science research paradigm.

The “must haves” on your poster depend on the type of presentation you are giving. Below are the recommended elements for each type of poster.

  1. Proposed Research
    1. Background
    2. Purpose
    3. Methods
  2. Completed Research or Research In Progress
    1. Background
    2. Purpose
    3. Methods
    4. Results or Preliminary Findings
    5. Discussion and/or Conclusions
  3. Experiential Education and Clinical Practice Reflections
    1. Site
    2. Job title
    3. Assignment or role
    4. Clients/students
    5. “What did you learn?”
    6. “How did you impact the site?”
    7. *inclusion of pictures of the site, your work products, etc., are encouraged*
  4. Other Scholarly Work
    1. Requirements as defined by the project

Each poster presentation needs to include:

  • ONE PowerPoint slide with a brief voiceover. The voiceover needs to be embedded in the slide (see below topic of “resources” for a free e-resource to help accomplish this).
  • Voiceover can be no longer than 3 minutes (or you will not be able to be included in the event).

Students are limited to two posters at the event.
Yes, you can use the Monmouth University School of Education (SOE) logo. Use this link to Monmouth University’s Visual Identity Guidelines for information and usage.

Download the School of Education logo.

Please Note: Students and academic units are not to use the Presidential Seal, as it is for official documents coming from the President’s Office/Board of Trustees so please be mindful of this and choose one of the logos from the School of Education.


Yes, students can work in a group. The first researcher will submit ONE single presentation with all researchers’ names.
Online voting has closed. Yes, voting was open to the public. Each individual could only vote once and should have fairly viewed multiple presentations.

For questions about the event, please contact Mary Kate Kane at mkane@monmouth.edu.

For technology related questions, please contact the MU HELP Desk at helpdesk@monmouth.edu or 732-923-4357.

  • Posters must be submitted by Monday, November 30, at 11:00 p.m.
  • View online and vote on posters in all categories from Monday, December 7 through Wednesday, December 9 at midnight.
  • Live Student Scholarship Closing Ceremony and Awards will be held on Thursday, December 10, and streamed online starting at 6 p.m. A link will be provided.

Photo of poster from 2019 Student Scholarship Exhibition