Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference

Join us for the Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference on Friday, March 25, 2022! The conference schedule will be announced soon.

Apply to present at the conference here! The deadline to apply is January 19, 2022.

The Hughes Research in Education Conference is an annual event where students and faculty within the College of Education present their work to a wider audience. The purpose of the Hughes Education Conference is to raise and address issues related to research and grant possibilities within the College of Education and to facilitate collaboration within and across departments to promote research initiatives. During the conference, the faculty make oral presentations, and students present their work during the poster session. Participants receive some financial support to present their research at a regional, national, or international conference. Furthermore, individuals may opt-in to a competitive paper competition or three-minute thesis competition with additional cash-awards. Breakfast and lunch are served on the day of the conference.

Read more and FAQs

If you are interested in the prize competition, the Robert M. Gagné Research Prize, please complete the structured abstract template.

NOTE: previous prize winners are not eligible to compete in consecutive years.

Conference participants receive travel funding. Conference travel must occur between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The Hughes committee determines the available travel funding and notifies participants and departments during February 2022; this means if the conference you attend occurs during the fall semester, you will receive Hughes travel funding after February 1, 2022. Your home department manages travel authorizations and travel reimbursement.

Furthermore, the Hughes committee works with the Associate Dean for Research to raise awareness of research initiatives and grant opportunities within the college that may be of interest to faculty in the college. Please contact the faculty representative from your home department with any questions.


About the Title Sponsor


Dr. Marvalene Hughes is a distinguished alumna of the College, where she earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Administration. She is also a Florida State University Grad Made Good recipient. She previously served in a number of teaching and administrative positions at major research universities, including university president positions at Dillard University and California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Hughes has engaged in research and published widely in the fields of education, human behavior, diversity, and organizational management. She also has been actively involved, nationally and internationally, in professional associations. Her generous support of this event is an illustration of her commitment to higher education and her vision for creating partnerships that advance the common good. The Marvalene Hughes Research in Education Conference is an annual event that showcases the work of COE faculty and graduate students. The first CORE Conference was held in 2007. In 2009, Dr. Marvalene Hughes began co-sponsoring the event, and generously continues to do so.

Robert M. Gagné Research Prize Winners

Outstanding Faculty Research Award Winners

2017: Bradley Cox
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

“A spectrum of student success: Identifying factors affecting access, experiences, and outcomes for students on the Autism spectrum”

2016: Young-Suk Kim
School of Teacher Education

Eye-movements in Oral and Silent Reading and Reading Proficiency for Beginning Readers

2015: Debra Osborn
Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Career and Mental Health Counseling: Integrating Theory, Research and Practice

2014: Bradley Cox
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Lip Service or Actionable Insights? Linking Student Experiences to Assessment, Accountability, and Data-Driven Decision Making in Higher Education

2013: Ayesha Khurshid
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Narratives of Rights, Honor, and Wisdom in a Transnational Women’s Education Project

2012: Victor Sampson
School of Teacher Education

The development of science proficiency through argument focused lab instruction in High School Biology [The development of science proficiency]

2011: Bradley Cox
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Racial equality in graduation rates at selective intuitions: Accounting for pre-college differences [Net Racial Equality]



Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award Winners

2017: Haozhou Pu
Sport Management

“Leveraging in-group identities for the distant fans: A case study of the international official supporting clubs”

2016: Gareth Wilkinson
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

District Sensemaking and Implementation of Teacher Professional Development A Case of Lesson Study in Florida

2015: Umit Tokac
Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

Effects of Game-Based Learning on Students’ Mathematics Achievement: A Meta-Analysis

2014: Shawn Kent
School of Teacher Education

The Relationship Between Component Skills and Writing Quality and Fluency Across Development

2013: Christopher Thompson
Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

The Impact of Multiple Endpoint Dependency on the Q Statistic in Meta-analysis

2012: Niu Gao
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

School incentives, principal characteristics and teacher assignment [School Incentives Principals and teachers]

2011: Hulya Yurekli
Educational Psychology and Learning Systems

The relationship between parameters from two polytomous item response theory models [Two Item Response Theory Models]