2019 Think Tank
Planning is now underway for the 2019 Doctoral Student Think Tank, to be held at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania on May 19-21, 2019.
Our goal is to support conversations and develop research collaborations among current doctoral students who have a strong interest in conducting AAC research.
- All participants will have an opportunity to present and discuss their current research. Individuals interested in attending will be asked to describe their goals for attending the conference (please see 2019 Think Tank Application form )
- There is no registration fee for the conference, however individuals are responsible for their own expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, meals).
- Because some of the costs for the Think Tank are supported by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant #90RE5017) to the RERC on AAC, registration for the 2019 Think Tank is limited to doctoral students who have graduate student status in spring, 2019, and who are formally affiliated with a graduate program in the United States.
If you are a faculty member or doctoral student, please contribute ideas for content using the 2019 Think Tank Content Survey,
If you are a doctoral student with an interest in AAC, please use the 2019 Think Tank Application form to apply to participate.
For additional information on the 2019 Think Tank, please contact Dr David McNaughton at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Think Tank
The RERC on AAC hosted the 3-day 2017 Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania on May 16-18, 2017. Think Tank activities included presentations by doctoral students with a strong interest in conducting AAC research. The 2017 Think Tank also involved contributions from the RERC on AAC partners and other faculty with an interest in AAC research, and was organized by David McNaughton, Janice Light, and David Beukelman.
2017 Think Tank activities included:
- presentations and discussions on topics such as: establishing a line of research in AAC, identifying “beautiful” research questions, and developing research teams; and
- small work-group sessions for participants to discuss their current and proposed AAC research activities, and to meet with other doctoral students who may have similar research interests.
Think Tank faculty and graduate students with a wide variety of interests and experiences participated. Our focus was on the careful consideration of how to support the development, implementation, and dissemination of strong research in AAC.
There were over 20 presentations at the ThinkTank, including
Beukelman, D. (2017, May). Finding a mentor and developing a productive mentor-mentee relationship. Paper presented at the Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
Light, J. (2017, May). Making a positive impact: Building an important and productive line of research. Paper presented at the Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank, University Park, PA.
McNaughton, D. (2017, May). Asking (and answering) “beautiful” questions. Paper presented at the Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank, Penn State University, University Park, PA.
Additional information on the 2017 Think Tank is available here