The American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. This year, as part of the AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop, undergraduate fellows presented their research in a poster presentation format. Logan Drake represented the partnership, presenting his work on the effectiveness of the Iowa City School District's Implicit Bias Training Program. The poster session provided an opportunity for the undergraduate fellows to display their work and to discuss what they found, are doing, or accomplished with Annual Meeting session attendees that include other undergraduates, graduate students, and early career as well as senior scholars. The poster session component of the undergraduate workshop allows those participating to have an experience of presenting research and receiving feedback in a substantive and supportive environment. Each poster reflects the original, solo authored work of the undergraduate fellow.
"The AERA was an incredible opportunity to see just how large and diverse the world of education research really is," as Logan reports, "I got to see researchers in action, from discussing research projects still in their early stages to presenting published papers. I was able to talk to people from credentialing agencies, policy groups, school districts, and universities- the whole spectrum. I also presented my poster on our evaluation of the implicit bias training program as well and had a great time discussing our findings and the implications of our research for equity initiatives in schools. Everyone had helpful input and recommendations on other research to explore."