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EHE Office of Research
December 27, 2015

Each year, the College of Education and Human Ecology, Office of Research, hosts a Student Research Forum. The forum highlights the research of our graduate and undergraduate students. Last year, there were almost 100 student presentations, both oral and poster, describing completed, in-progress and proposed studies as well as literature reviews.

This year’s forum will have over 100 student presentations from each of our departments within EHE. Student research topics range from determining financial constraints of young adults to implementing a new kindergarten readiness assessment to food security status of food pantry clients.

The forum also includes a keynote luncheon. This year’s keynote speaker will be Shayne Piasta, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning. Piasta specializes in reading and literature in early and middle childhood. She also is a faculty associate for the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy (CCEC). Her research focuses on early literacy development and how it is best supported during preschool and elementary years.

Piasta has received the Outstanding Pre-Doctoral Fellow Award from the Institute of Education Sciences and the Dina Feitelson Research Award from the International Reading Association, and her research has been funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Piasta has served on advisory boards for the Ohio Department of Education, on the editorial boards for The Elementary School Journal and Annals of Dyslexia and various review panels related to her professional work.

This year’s event also includes a raffle and door prizes. To be eligible for the raffle, presenters and attendees will complete a “passport,” obtaining signatures and stamps from the presentations they attend. Door prizes will be drawn at random during the keynote luncheon from the list of registered attendees. Door prize winners must be present to win. Door prizes include an official Ohio State football autographed by Urban Meyer and an official Ohio State basketball autographed by Thad Matta.

The 2016 EHE Student Research Forum will be held on February 12, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43210. Please direct any questions about the forum to Rebecca Chacko at

For additional information about the 2016 EHE Student Research Forum, including schedule information and abstracts, please visit our website at


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