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Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education

RBJSE logo.Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
February 26 & 27, 2015

  • Professors and students in theatre seating, talking with each other.

    Rosa Bruno Jofré and student having a discussion at 2014 symposium.

  • Professors and graduate students seated around a table.

    Participants can get feedback on their research in a roundtable format.

  • Two individuals talking with each other in front of a poster.

    Posters let participants present in a visual and interactive format.

  • A graduate student standing at the front of a class next to a projection screen.

    A graduate student presenting his findings at RBJSE 2014.

  • Two seated students smiling.

    Students listening to the 2014 Keynote address.

  • Two seated students smiling.

    Students listening to the 2014 Keynote address.

  • Coffee mugs with the text 'rbjse' on the side, and small gift bags within.

    Swag given to participants at the 2014 Symposium.

  • Three graduate students standing in front of a blackboard.

    The 2014 Advisory Team: Lindsay, Ian, and Samantha.

The Rosa Bruno Jofre Symposium in Education (RBJSE) is an interdisciplinary symposium that provides graduate students with a supportive and affordable opportunity to present and discuss their research or work-in-progress with colleagues, faculty, and practitioners from the field. The symposium highlights current research being undertaken by graduate students at Queen’s University and other universities across Canada and abroad. This year's theme is Embracing Perspectives: The Value of Voices, Stories, and Viewpoints in Education.

We are excited to celebrate the expansion of RBJSE from a one-day symposium to a two-day academic event. In alignment with our goals for growth and ongoing improvement of the academic experience for graduate students, we are pleased to introduce a workshop day (Day 1) dedicated to building academic skills, knowledge, and relationships. Embracing our symposium theme as a focal point for critical thought and dialogue, this workshop day offers participants the chance to engage in interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a networking event. An engaging keynote speaker will start off the events.​ As usual, we will host a full day of symposium events (Day 2). Participants are invited to attend various paper presentations, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and alternative format presentations throughout the day. In addition, we are pleased to provide RBJSE participants with a second keynote speaker on the symposium day.​

If you are interested in presenting at this year’s symposium, please refer the submission section of this website for details. The call for proposals is now open.

Please check back in January 2015 for more detail on this year’s RBJSE keynote speakers, workshops, and symposium events.

2015 Theme

Embracing Perspectives: The Value of Voices, Stories, and Viewpoints in Education

The theme for this year’s symposium focuses on the need to embrace multiple perspectives in education. Current research in educational inclusion and equity focuses on the importance of educating to various characteristic differences in students (e.g., exceptionalities, ethno-cultural background, or socio-economic class) allowing educators from various backgrounds and disciplines to bring in viewpoints, stories, and voices not typically found in the classroom. While many of these viewpoints and voices may be contradictory in nature, there is a need in education to determine a way of embracing a multitude of perspectives. This year’s conference aims to begin conversations about how graduate students — as researchers, educators, and learners — can embrace multiple voices, viewpoints, and stories in education to make safer, more inclusive, learning environments. Regardless of the field, graduate students are simultaneously both teachers and learners on a path to self-discovery.

How to Submit a Proposal to RBJSE

We invite submissions from graduate students that show relevance to the conference audience, contribute to education in its broadest sense, and demonstrate a high level of academic quality. Submissions should be in the form of a 300-word (maximum) abstract that adheres to APA format guidelines. Abstracts should be fully edited and ready to be included in the conference program. Submit proposals to rbjse@queensu.ca.

Deadline for proposal submission is January 15, 2015.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of the symposium committee, and notification of acceptance will be sent to applicants via email on or before February 1, 2015, at which time registration for the symposium will open.

Applicants can opt to participate in RBJSE in one of four ways: a presentation, a roundtable discussion, a poster presentation, or an alternative format presentation.


The presentation format is often selected when the student or students’ goal is to present data from a finished paper, academic findings, or a work in progress that includes some data. Each presenter will be allotted 15 minutes to give an overview of his or her findings, followed by 10 minutes for questions from the audience.

The abstract of the presentation should address the following, as applicable:

  • purpose;
  • perspective(s) or theoretical framework;
  • methods and data source(s);
  • results, conclusions and/or interpretations; and
  • educational importance of the study.


A roundtable session is an opportunity to receive feedback on a work in progress (e.g., a research proposal or comprehensive literature review). Each roundtable session will be 25 minutes in length. Presenters are encouraged to use the 25 minutes to their advantage by choosing how much time will be allocated to presentation and feedback from the discussant. Feedback will first be provided by the discussant, who will have read the student’s paper in advance; the remainder of the time will be given to questions and comments from attendees. If you opt for the roundtable format, please provide a suggestion of a suitable discussant (a faculty member or doctoral student at Queen’s) with your proposal.

The abstract of the roundtable should address the following, as applicable:

  • purpose;
  • perspective(s) or theoretical framework;
  • proposed methods; and
  • educational importance of the study.


A poster session is a visual and interactive format for sharing research. Posters provide the opportunity to discuss works in progress or completed projects in an informal setting. Posters will be displayed throughout the day of the symposium. Presenters will have the opportunity to interact with attendees during allocated times to discuss displays.

The abstract of the poster should address the following, as applicable:

  • purpose;
  • perspective(s) or theoretical framework;
  • methods and data source(s);
  • results, conclusions and/or interpretations; and
  • educational importance of the study.

Alternate Format Presentation

An alternate format presentation provides participants with an opportunity to present their academic work in a creative way (e.g., talking circle, conversation, poetry, art, etc.). Participants may present as part of a group or as an individual. The purpose of the presentation should be clearly articulated and related to the conference theme.

Abstracts for the alternate format presentation (25 minutes) should address the following:

  • Purpose or objectives;
  • Overview of the presentation;
  • Structure and format of the session;
  • How this presentation fits with the conference theme;

In addition, please be sure to let us know if the presentation will require special equipment or space.

RBJSE Presents: Symposium Skills 101

Attending conferences is an essential part of academic life; however, it can be a challenge for those with limited experience. To help prepare you for RBJSE and all the conferences you may attend in the future, we are holding a workshop day. Come spend an afternoon with your fellow graduate students who will offer practical information on all aspects of academic conferences: from submitting your proposal to attending the conference to making use of what you've learned once you get home. These workshops will take place on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Mezzanine, with a light snack in between.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP.


Conference Presenting 101

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Want to make a poster but don't know where to print it? Not sure what type of submission is best for your research? Need pointers on condensing your research into a presentation? This 90 minute workshop will walk you through the three most common formats of academic conferences: roundtables, poster sessions, and individual presentations. You will have the opportunity to learn essential skills to help you choose the right format for your work and feel confident in effectively conveying your ideas.

Snack Break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Navigating Conferences: BIG & small

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Conferences can take many shapes and forms, and they can fall anywhere on the spectrum from large international and national conferences to small symposiums. But, the question remains; how do you make the most out of your conference experience?

Have you ever wondered how to:

  1. Choose which conferences to go to?
  2. Select useful sessions and plan your time effectively?
  3. Ask “good" questions during sessions?
  4. Network with esteemed researchers and graduate students?
  5. Manage cognitive overload and translate ideas into actionable projects upon your return?

If so, this 1-hour panel discussion is for you. Graduate students with experience navigating CSSE, AERA, international conferences and smaller local symposia will share their tips and advice on how to make the most out of your conference experience.