The RERC on AAC will host a 3-day Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania on May 16-18, 2017. Our goal is to support conversations and develop research collaborations among current doctoral students who have a strong interest in conducting AAC research. The Think Tank will involve contributions from the RERC on AAC partners and other faculty with an interest in AAC research, and is being organized by David McNaughton, Janice Light, and David Beukelman.
Think Tank activities will include:
- 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 will participate. Our focus will be on the careful consideration of how to support the development, implementation, and dissemination of strong research in AAC.
- There is no registration fee for the conference, however individuals will be responsible for their own expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, meals).
- There will be a small number of fellowships provided to defray expenses for participants from traditionally under-represented populations (additional information will be available at a later date).
- Registration will be limited to 20 participants – individuals interested in attending will be asked to describe their goals for attending the conference (please see application below)
- For those planning travel and housing arrangements, ThinkTank activities will start in the late afternoon on May 16, 2017, and end in the late afternoon on May 18, 2017.
- Because some of the costs for the Think Tank will be 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 will be limited to doctoral students who have graduate student status in spring, 2017, and who are formally affiliated with a graduate program in the United States. Materials developed as part of the 2017 Think Tank will be shared in a variety of formats.
Registration for the 2017 Doctoral Student AAC Research Think Tank at Penn State University is now closed. We will hold another Think Tank in 2019.