College of Education

Leadership Student Takes 1st Place in Award at 2011 Annual 2011 AERA Meeting

April 1, 2011

The 2011 American Educational Research Association's annual meeting was recently held in New Orleans from April 8 to 12.

Amongst the many awards received was a 1st-place award for Outstanding Research Poster by Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, an LRF student, titled "Standing in the Gap: Higher Education Professionals Providing Support for Undocumented Students."

According to the press release, "Each poster was evaluated by three committee members using a five-point scale to assess the theoretical grounding, methods, conclusions, contributions to the field, and overall presentation. Total possible points for each poster was 25 points. Scores were tallied and averaged to determine the overall highest points earned. The high point poster earned 21.7 points."

"The topic of the winning poster, undocumented students and the support they receive on campus, was deemed timely and important and the presentation of ideas was clear and easy to read. Reviewers commented that the poster was 'clearly laid out,' 'identified key issues,' and included a 'clear delineation of theory, methods, and findings.'"

Lizardy-Hajbi will receive a plaque for the achievement.