2018 Conference Information

12th Annual Conference for the University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (UCSPEDDR)

January 19th-20th, 2018

School of Education, University of California, Davis

Davis, CA

We are pleased to announce the 12th annual conference for UCSPEDDR. Established in 2005, UCSPEDDR is dedicated to research on special education, disabilities, and developmental risk needs in California schools. The center contributes to the statewide need to train teachers and researchers focused on special education. UCSPEDDR brings together faculty expertise across the University of California campuses to focus on the educational needs of children within the contexts of special education. Over the last decade, UCSPEDDR has grown to include presentations and discussions with faculty across UC campuses. For a change of location, we will be holding this year’s conference in Davis, California!

In addition, UCSPEDDR has focused on doctoral student training, providing a yearly conference for graduate students to present, to network, and to discuss research with colleagues across the state. The Doctoral Student Advisory Council (DSAC), a committee of doctoral students representing the UC Campuses, organizes this yearly conference.

Wait, wait, wait: Davis? 

Yes, the conference will be held in Davis, CA this upcoming January. For the last 11 years, the conference has taken place in Santa Barbara, CA at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education or at a local hotel in Santa Barbara. However, following last year’s conference, DSAC proposed that we try a rotating venue for the conference to allow for different campuses to host the yearly conference to incorporate new graduate students and new faculty members. Davis, CA was selected for 2018 and 2019, and we hope to move the conference back to southern CA for 2020 and 2021!

What is this conference and why should I attend?

The conference brings together faculty, graduate students, and community members together for a packed, two-day discussion on current research occurring throughout the UC system involving special education, disabilities, and developmental risk. Highlights include keynote faculty speakers from across the UC system, oral presentations representing some of the highest quality investigations in special education across the UC system, and an evening poster session where work is showcased for all to discuss, all with more networking events between faculty and graduate students than you could have hoped for.

Here are some of the exciting highlights to look forward to this coming January 2018:

  • Prestigious keynotes from both UC faculty and local special education leaders
  • Oral presentations on topics pertaining to recent findings within the fields of special education and psychology from a number of research groups
  • An exciting poster session where you get to highlight your own work, mingle with faculty from across the UC campuses, and build networking connections for future projects and grants
  • A UC faculty panel ready to answer whatever questions you have about grant funding, lab management, and more! Our faculty Q&A panels from the last two years have been huge hits among attendees, and we look forward to this upcoming one just as much!

However, none of this can happen if you do not attend! With this being the 12th year for UCSPEDDR, we have high hopes for the many years yet to come, but we can only do that with your support.

Who can attend and who can present?

Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty across the UC campuses conducting special education, disabilities, and developmental risk research are all welcome to attend. This is a wonderful opportunity for first-year graduate students to learn more about the research projects and to network with faculty and fellow graduate student colleagues across the UC campuses.

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are welcome to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference. We offer two different presentation formats: oral presentations and posters. Oral presentations are 15 to 20 minute presentations highlighting a specific empirical research project, often saved for completed research projects. Poster presentations take place Friday evening and allow for maximum audience participation on both completed and in-progress projects. We also have designations for work-in-progress presentations. Work-in-progress oral presentations are saved for round table discussions where presenters can receive the most feedback on their potential projects, and work-in-progress poster presentations allow for focused audience feedback. Work-in-progress designations also can be great opportunities for practicing your presentation skills, which can be ideal for first-year and second-year graduate students. When you submit your abstract, you will have the opportunity to designate all of this information.

Please see the abstract submission page for more abstract submission information.

How do I register?

Please register using the following Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/2018ucspeddrregistration. You can register at the door, but it is much easier to stay up-to-date on conference happenings and travel information if you pre-register. You can register online and still pay at the door!

Registration cost for graduate students is $60 and for faculty members is $200. (We are working on getting setup to accept electronic payments, but we could not implement this change this year due to changing the location of the conference as well.) This cost includes lunch both Friday and Saturday and appetizers served during Friday night’s poster session. We are unable to accept credit cards at this time, however, you may choose to pay either at the door with cash/check or by mail via check. We can offer physical receipts at the conference. If you wish to mail your check, make the check payable to UC REGENTS and please mail to the following address:

UCSPEDDR, c/o Alyssa Henry
School of Education
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave
Davis, CA 95618

Where do I stay? How do I get around?

Check out our travel page for more information!