The RERC on AAC hosted a 3-day Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania on May 16-18, 2017. Our goal was to support conversations and develop research collaborations among current doctoral students who have a strong interest in conducting AAC research. The Think Tank 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.
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 was no registration fee for the conference, however individuals were responsible for their own expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, meals).
- Registration was limited to 24 participants – individuals interested in attending were asked to describe their goals for attending the conference (please see application below)
- Because some of the costs for the Think Tank were 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 2017 Think Tank was limited to doctoral students who had graduate student status in spring, 2017, and who are formally affiliated with a graduate program in the United States.
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