2019 Graduate Research Symposium

Educating to Empower: Research and Education for Social Change

Nov. 6-9, 2019
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209

The Doctoral Student Association (DSA) and Dreeben School of Education invites you to the annual Graduate Research Symposium, a three-day event taking place Nov. 6-9, 2019. This year’s theme “Educating to Empower" is inspired by the legacy of Sr. Dorothy (“Dot”) Ettling, CCVI, Women’s Global Connection co-founder and former professor in the Dreeben School of Education.

The symposium highlights the challenges and responsibilities we have as an educational and research community to support social justice, self-empowerment of students and everyday citizens, and sustainability. The symposium serves as a platform for graduate students to showcase and share their research and scholarly activities with other students, professors, and the community, thereby contributing to the collective intelligence of the program overall.


All UIW students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend the Graduate Research Symposium events. Students and faculty from other universities are invited to the Thursday World Café. Please send an RSVP if you plan on attending to help us estimate seating capacity. Walk-ins are welcome to attend.

2019 Event Program

Download the full program: Graduate Research Symposium Program (PDF)
Graduate Student Presenting

Day 1: Poster Presentations and Round Table Discussions
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
6 - 9 p.m.
Mabee Library (Library on the campus map)
Special Collections Room 

UIW students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

Roundtable Student Discussion

Day 2: World Café
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
6 - 9 p.m.
Mabee Library (Library on the campus map)
Special Collections Room

This event is open to the UIW community and other universities.

Graduate Student Presentation

Day 3: Podium Presentations and Featured Guests Panel Discussion
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Student Engagement Center (SEC on the campus map)
Rooms: 2030, 2031, 2032

UIW students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

More Information

Submission Guidelines

The deadline for abstract submissions is Oct. 18, 2019, at 6 p.m.

Please submit a maximum 150-word (1,000 character) abstract that clearly communicates in a compelling manner the following:

  • The research need or problem your poster, roundtable discussion or podium presentation addresses.
  • The specific purpose of your research (and more narrowly of your presentation) in addressing that need.
  • A question or two you are trying to answer with your research may be helpful in expressing your purpose.
  • How, methodologically, you are pursuing your purpose and addressing the need.

Please note that this is not a checklist. It is simply a longhand way of saying: "Tell us what is interesting about your research, how is it implemented, and whom it will help?"

If you plan on submitting for more than one event you need to submit each submission separately.

Proposal Review

A panel of current faculty and students within DSA will evaluate proposals in a blind review process and each proposal will receive a number to ensure identity is not accounted for in the review process. Presenters will receive a notification on the status of their proposals.

Submit Your Proposal


The symposium will be held at the University of the Incarnate Word located at 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209.


Visitors can park at the main campus after 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday. For parking questions, please contact the Visitor and Information kiosk in front of the Administration Building (located at the Burr Road entrance) at (210) 283-5066 or tempparking@uiwtx.edu.

Visitor Information Kiosk Location (Campus Map)

For questions, please contact Dr. Joan Labay-Marquez at (210) 283-6429 or labaymar@uiwtx.edu.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. Request disability accommodation for this event.