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Student Research Symposium
Monday, April 5, 2021

Researching Remotely:
Inquiry and Discovery Amid Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced unique challenges to research and researchers. This year, the theme of the symposium is: “Researching Remotely: Inquiry and Discovery Amid Pandemic.” This theme echoes how this global pandemic has dramatically disrupted the education system worldwide, with the closure of schools and other learning spaces, and the exacerbation of pre-existing educational inequalities and disparities. Such disruptions call for researchers to disseminate research findings to support districts and schools to continue their instruction virtually, while simultaneously maintaining engagement, managing unequal access to technology, and addressing mental health issues. At the same time, this pandemic has also complicated the way researchers traditionally conduct educational research, having been impacted by school closures and the inability to travel to communities where they have been engaged in research. Because of the continued and prolonged uncertainty, many researchers  have had to change their plan more than once, particularly for those whose plans were disrupted before entering the final analysis and writing stage.

Despite all the aforementioned challenges, this pandemic also offers a unique opportunity for innovation in educational research and instruction. Given that, we call on our community of researchers to share how they are identifying, sustaining, and innovating new ways for continuous and empowering educational improvements for all. We invite researchers to reflect on the fundamental presumptions we make which impact all aspects of our research, from framing our research questions and selecting methods, to engaging with students, school districts, community members and protecting the integrity of our research.

As always, this symposium will bring together student researchers from within the Harvard community, each of whom are considering the tough issues facing the education sector today and making their research matter for real-world impact. The symposium also welcomes a host of informed and influential academics from the field to provide support and feedback on this  work.

Please consider submitting a proposal, and we look forward to hearing from you!