Assessment and Measurement students and faculty attend the NERA conference
Twelve students from the Psychological Sciences M.A. and Assessment and Measurement Ph.D. programs joined two Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS) faculty members at the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) annual meeting in Trumbull, CT from October 17 to October 20. Several students presented papers and symposia in addition to attending conference workshops and keynote speeches. Two students shared about their NERA experiences:
Paulius Satkus, a first-year student in the Psychological Sciences program said: I loved my first NERA experience. My fellow graduate students kept telling me how much fun they had in NERA in the past. I attended every session that I got a chance to, which not only connected me with other graduate students from different universities but also provided me with examples of how presentations at this level should look. I also attended two conference workshops. These were very different as the first one focused on measurement while the second one provided practical implications for assessment practice, so they nicely complemented each other. Lastly, I think my advisor made a point to introduce me to every single JMU alumni who attended the conference. It was really cool to meet all those people who were in our shoes not so long ago. To conclude, I’m grateful for this opportunity, because it provided personal and professional development at the same time, and want to thank Psyc Sciences and CARS for the support they provided.
Beth Perkins, a first-year student in the A&M program shared: Attending NERA was a great experience! The conference was a great place to meet other graduate students, JMU Assessment & Measurement program alumni, and professionals in the assessment and measurement field. The keynote speeches were very informative and paralleled some of the material being covered in my current courses. One of the most insightful parts of attending NERA, for me was getting to see presentations from a wide range of perspectives. I attended paper presentations given by students in JMU’s Assessment & Measurement program, students from other graduate programs, faculty from multiple universities, and professionals working in testing companies. It was exciting to hear about what other research is currently happening in the field as well as seeing how others talk about their research. I especially enjoyed the panel sessions sponsored by the NERA Graduate Student Issues Committee on internships and interviewing. Both panels consisted of professionals who work in a variety of different positions within the field of assessment and measurement. Hearing a multitude of perspectives on the benefits of doing an internship, how to apply for an internship, as well as interviewing for a job will help guide my academic pursuits. NERA, being a small conference, was a great first conference to attend! Everyone was very friendly and always willing to have a conversation and there was a great variety of sessions to attend. I left NERA inspired to develop future research ideas, present future research, and learn new statistical software. I look forward to attending NERA again and potential presenting research at NERA in the future!