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Feb. 27, 2003

Graduate Student To Attend National Seminar

Cedar Rapids native Kristen Rickey, a graduate student in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been invited to participate this spring in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy. The seminar will take place April 25-26 in Chicago.

The seminar brings emerging educational administration, policy scholars and noted researchers together for two-day presentations, generative discussion and professional growth. It gives special recognition to people in educational administration for research interests and abilities, and participants workshop one another's research.

The University Council for Educational Administration, Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association and Corwin Press are sponsoring the seminar.

Professor Larry Bartlett and Associate Professor Carolyn Wanat, both in the College of Education's department of educational policy and leadership studies, nominated Rickey because of her work as a graduate student, her interest in research and her previous experiences working with students with disabilities.

"This invitation provides a unique opportunity for me to interact with and learn from fellow graduate students and respected scholars in my field from all over the United States and Canada," said Rickey. "I am interested in pursuing a career in research, so this experience will be invaluable to me."

Rickey worked as a special education teacher for eight years and taught both undergraduate students and practicing teachers on issues of inclusion of students with disabilities. She also wrote a report for the Iowa Department of Education regarding due process hearings for students with disabilities. She expects to receive her doctorate in educational administration in May 2004. After graduation Rickey wants to gain experience as a school administrator and teach at an institution of higher education.

Rickey's research centers on the process of providing accommodations for students with disabilities, and she sees the upcoming seminar as a great learning opportunity.

"I am very excited about this because it will allow me to learn more about conducting research and I will meet other graduate students with similar interests," said Rickey. "I am very grateful for this opportunity."

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