January 31, 2008

INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

Juergen Konczak (Kinesiology) will present

International Research at Work: Aiming to Understand Normal and Abnormal Motor Development in Children

February 11, 2008
12-1:30pm
Wulling Hall 250

Pizza and drinks will be served

Posted by kwalter at 3:01 PM

January 29, 2008

First Annual MITER Lecture in the Education Sciences

CAUSAL CONCLUSIONS FROM QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL DATA?

presented by William Shadish, University of California, Merced

February 22, 2008
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Bell Museum of Natural History Auditorium (Rm. 100), University of Minnesota

Registration required. You may register by e-mailing your name to mlif@umn.edu, or by calling Peggy Ferdinand at 612-626-8269.

Dr. Shadish is the author (with T.D. Cook & D.T. Campbell, 2002) of Experimental and Quasi- Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference, (with T.D. Cook & L.C. Leviton, 1991) of Foundations of Program Evaluation, (with L. Robinson & C. Lu, 1997) of ES: A Computer Program and Manual for Effect Size Calculation, co-editor of five other volumes, the author of over 100 articles and chapters, and former President of the American Evaluation Association.

Abstract
Early social experiments in the 1960s encountered significant technical and logistical problems, leading some researchers to prefer other methodologies. During the last 10 years, however, experiments have re-emerged as a more widely-used methodology. This talk will review the events that prompted this renaissance, and then examine progress in the use of several different kinds of designs: the randomized experiment, the regression discontinuity design, and the simple nonequivalent comparison group design with a pretest. For two quasi-experimental designs, empirical studies now suggest that they can provide estimates of effects that are as good as those from randomized experiments-although we still have much to learn about the conditions under which this optimistic conclusion might hold.

Colloquium sponsors:
Minnesota Interdisciplinary Training in Educational Research (MITER) Program
Psychological foundations of education track, Department of Educational Psychology
Quantitative methods in education track, Department of Educational Psychology
Minnesota Assessment Group (MAG)
Minnesota Evaluation Association (MnEA)

Posted by kwalter at 8:43 AM

January 22, 2008

INFORMATION FROM ISSS: IMPORTANT NOTICE TO F-1 STUDENTS

If you are:
1) changing education levels (i.e., from Master's to Ph.D.)
2) changing your major
you are required by SEVIS to update your I-20 to reflect these changes.

Failure to do so could cause your SEVIS record to be terminated. Come to ISSS to speak to an F-1 advisor. For ISSS advisor walk-in hours, go to http://www.isss.umn.edu/office/walkins.html
If you have any questions, contact us at 612-626-7100.

Posted by kwalter at 8:50 AM

January 11, 2008

Mark your calendar: GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH DAY

Graduate Student Research Day will be held on Friday, March 14. The Educational Psychology Department instituted this annual event in 2001 in recognition of the abilities and talents of its students. This annual event has been designed with three purposes:

-- to provide a format for graduate students to present their research and be recognized locally by peers and faculty
-- to provide students an opportunity for professional development and practice for future state or national conferences, and
-- to promote a department-wide activity that brings faculty and graduate students together around a common goal of disciplined inquiry.

Proposals will be due on Monday, February 4. Proposal forms are available at http://cehd.umn.edu/EdPsych/forms/GSRDProposal.doc.

Posted by kwalter at 1:54 PM

REGISTRATION REMINDERS

A reminder: Graduate students are required to register every fall and spring semester in order to remain active.

• Be sure to register by January 21 in order to avoid paying a late registration fee. Courses with low enrollment are often cancelled prior to the start of the semester; don’t lose your chance to take a course because you didn’t register in time. See the http://onestop.umn.edu/onestop/Calendars/Refund_and_Drop2FAdd_Deadlines/Spring2008.html for details on making registration changes.

• If you are working as a graduate assistant, are an international student, or are receiving a fellowship, you are required to register full-time (6-14 credits each semester).

• Advanced masters or doctoral students may register using the full-time equivalent registration (EPsy 8333 or 8444). If you have completed all coursework and registered for all thesis credits, you may qualify. Please note that masters students must apply for this status in advance. Each semester you register under this status you’ll need to submit the “application for full-time status with one-credit registration? form. Details and forms are available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/registration/FTE_procedures.html

• If you only need to register in order to remain active in the Graduate School, you may register for Grad 999, a no-cost/no-credit registration option. However, please note that EPsy students are only allowed to register for Grad 999 four times. More information about this registration option is available at http://www.grad.umn.edu/current_students/registration/grad_999.html.

• Ed Psych graduate students may not register for more than 24 credits of EPsy 8666 (pre-thesis credits) during their graduate career. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST CONTACT KATHY WALTE R (kwalter@umn.edu) IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR EPsy 8666.

• If you are taking your oral prelim by February 4, be sure to return the Prelim Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School (316 Johnston Hall) immediately following the exam so that you can change your registration to EPsy 8888 (thesis credits) for Spring 2008.

• If you are planning to take the written prelim exam in the fall, be sure to check with your program area for their registration deadline. You need to have submitted a degree program in order to register for the written prelim.

Posted by kwalter at 1:39 PM