Abstract Call and Information

  Call for abstracts: 13th Annual Conference for the University of California Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk

DEADLINE: Abstracts are due through the Google Form submission below by the end of the day on November 6th, 2019. 

Welcome! Please see the details below pertaining to abstract submission for this year’s UCSPEDDR Conference. We encourage all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars conducting research related to special education, disabilities, and developmental risk to submit an abstract for consideration! For more information related to the conference itself, please see the other webpage regarding Conference details. For any questions related to the submission of abstracts, please contact Alyssa Henry (arhenry@ucdavis.edu) and Sarah Vejnoska (sfvejnoska@ucdavis.edu).

How do I submit an abstract?

Submit your abstract to the Conference by using the following Google Form: Abstract Submission Page

More information regarding abstract submission

You can submit an abstract under two different presentation categories:

Empirical Presentation: Empirical presentations allow graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to present full projects as they would at other national and international conferences. These presentations should highlight specific findings related to the questions under investigation. Both quantitative and qualitative work is encouraged. All graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are encouraged to submit.

Work-in-Progress Presentation: Work-in-progress presentations allow for newer graduate students to discuss ideas and concepts with colleagues in an open-forum manner. Separating these submissions from empirical presentations allows for audience members to know that this work may be in the early stages and to foster a productive, collaborative session. We especially encourage first- and second-year graduate students to submit a work in progress presentation, as critical and thorough feedback early in one’s graduate school education can be fundamental for later academic growth and development. Work-in-progress presentations can take place as either a round table discussion or as a poster.

Panel Presentation: Panel presentations allow for collaboration among presenters. Panel presenters could be matched based on interest, complete panel proposals are also accepted.


Empirical Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are generally between 10 to 15 minutes in length (with 5 minutes available for questions) and take place throughout the two conference days.

Empirical Poster Presentation: Poster presentations are presented Friday evening during a two-hour block at a designated conference location. Posters allow for the most audience engagement and direct engagement with faculty members.

Work-in-Progress Round Table Discussion: These work-in-progress discussions happen throughout both days, and we try our best to group different round tables thematically. Round table discussions allow for open discussion about research ideas or a research project in progress among graduate students interested in similar topics.

Work-in-Progress Poster Presentation: In a similar format to empirical poster presentation, these poster presentations allow for more flexibility in the types of questions you have for specific visitors to your poster. These posters function as talking points about research ideas or work that has only just been started.

Panel Presentation: Panel presentations will follow a similar format as empirical oral presentations with approximately 10 minutes allocated to each speaker in the panel.

Depending on the number of presentation types we receive, we hold the right to adapt the schedule as necessary. We will let all accepted presenters know the time schedule well in advance of the conference to allow for needed talk preparation.