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SFERC FAQs

  • Where does the conference take place?

The 2016 Annual South Florida Education Research Conference takes place at Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center (WUC) Ballrooms. Campus map is available.

  • When should I arrive at the conference?

All presenters, moderators, guest speakers, and attendees are encouraged to come to the conference in the morning, between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m., to register, get a continental breakfast and attend the welcome speech to hear the Keynote speaker.

  • Where can I park?

Free parking is available at Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus. Campus map is available.

  • How much is the registration fee?

Registration information is available http://education.fiu.edu/research_conference/index.html

  • I am presenting a paper. Do I still need to pay?

Yes, all presenters and attendees need to register and pay. All presenters, moderators, guest speakers, and attendees are encouraged to arrive at the conference between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. to check in, enjoy a continental breakfast, and attend the Keynote welcome speech. Plan to stay for the entire day to network with your south Florida research colleagues and take full advantage of this professional development experience.

  • How can I find out the room number where I present?

The conference program is usually available on the conference website a week before the conference date. Also, the program will be included in the conference package which you will receive once you arrive at the conference. All rooms are located a few feet from each other, can accommodate a similar number of people, and are equipped with a screen, laptop, and a projector, so no need to worry!

  • How can I find out the time of my presentation?

The time of each presentation appears on the conference program, which is usually available on the conference website a week before the conference date. Also, the program will be included in the conference package which you will receive once you arrive at the conference. Sessions are scheduled in each room at consecutive times during the day.

  • Can I choose the time of my presentation?

No. The program planning committee organizes the program long before the conference day and usually groups paper presentations thematically. Presenters are encouraged to attend the entire day and enjoy the other presentations.

  • Do I need to bring a laptop?

No, the conference provides a laptop in each room.

  • Will the room be equipped with the projector and a screen?

Yes, each room is equipped with a projector and a screen for the conference.

  • Do I need to pay an extra fee for the laptop/projector?

No, your registration fee covers the rental of a laptop, screen, and projector for your presentation.

  • Do I need to make a reservation to have a laptop/projector?

No, each room is equipped with a laptop, screen, and projector for the conference.

  • Does the conference fee include breakfast/lunch?

    Yes, your registration fee covers a tasty lunch and coffee and refreshments in the morning and throughout the conference day.
  • Do I have to use power point and bring handouts?

    No, you do not have to use a power point or bring handouts. Presenters are free to determine how they will present the information in the paper. Presenters usually use power point and are encouraged to use power point or any other type of media that can enhance the presentation of the paper.
  • How many people usually attend the conference?

    The number of presenters and attendees grows each year. 150-200 people would be a good estimate.
  • How much time do I have to present a paper?

    Each paper is presented during a 50 minute session. Usually, two papers are presented in a session. Therefore, when two papers are presented in a 50 minute session, each presenter has about 20 minutes for the presentation and Q and A.
  • Can I attend the conference if I do not present a paper, a poster, or a symposium?

    Absolutely! All are welcome for a small registration fee.
  • How can I volunteer for SFERC?

    The conference is built on the volunteer efforts of many faculty, students, administrators, and staff members. To learn how you can help with preparations for the conference or activities the day of the conference, you can contact the conference Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Tonette S. Rocco via email (roccot@fiu.edu)
  • I co-authored a paper with a colleague. Do both of us have to be at the conference to present it or can only one of us present our paper?

    If a paper has multiple authors, it is not necessary for all authors to come to the conference to present. However, it is better if all authors present and it is required that at least one author register and present the paper.
  • I heard my paper will be published. Where can I find it?

    The paper will be published in the conference Proceedings, which will be available on the conference website and FIU Digital Commons. Both are open access sources, which means that once the conference is over, anybody who does a Google search would be able to find and read your paper.
  • How do I get the most out of the conference?

To benefit the most from the conference, you should plan to attend the entire day from 8 am to 5 pm. Select the sessions that have relevance to your research interests or what might inform your daily practice and attend these sessions. Participate actively by engaging the presenters by raising questions or concerns with the work. Complete the evaluation forms. Think about how you might increase your participation in subsequent years.

  • How do I know if I won an award for my paper or poster?

To be considered for an award, you need to present your paper or poster at the conference. If your paper was accepted and included in the program and the Proceedings, but you did not show up to present it, you will not be considered for an award. The awards are given at the awards ceremony. The awards ceremony usually concludes the conference day and is scheduled sometime between 4 pm and 5 pm. To win the award, you have to be present at the awards ceremony. If the winner is not present, he or she will be disqualified and the award will not be given that year. If the paper or poster is co-authored, only one author has to be present.

  • How will I receive the award if I won an award? 

The awards are given at the awards ceremony. The awards ceremony usually concludes the conference day and is scheduled sometime between 4 pm and 5 pm. To win the award, you have to be present at the awards ceremony. If the winner is not present, he or she will be disqualified and the award will not be given that year. If the paper or poster is co-authored, only one author has to be present.

  • What does it mean that my paper (or poster) goes through a double blind review process when I submit it to the conference?

Double blind review process means that reviewers of your paper (or poster) will not know your name and you will not know the names of the reviewers of your paper (or poster). This process reduces bias in the review process.

  • I plan to submit a paper. Do I need to include an abstract? Should I provide it on a separate page?

Yes, all paper submissions require an abstract. An abstract provides a short summary of the key points of the paper. If an abstract is not provided, the paper will be returned to the author and not put through the peer review process. For SFERC, the abstract should not exceed 50 words and should appear on the first page of the paper, right between the manuscript title and the first line of the first paragraph of the paper. SFERC requires all authors to follow the guidelines of the Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). You should check the Manual to learn what should be included in an abstract.

  • What is a track? Do I have to choose a track?

You can think of a track as a theme or a category. Each track is related to one or more fields or sub-fields that are included in and welcomed by the conference. You have to choose one track that fits the topic of your paper the best. If your submission fits in more than one track, then choose the one that you think is the best fit.

  • My paper is longer than 8 single spaced pages. Will it be accepted?

No, the paper will not be accepted if it exceeds the maximum length requirement, which is 8 single spaced pages including references. If the paper contains tables, figures, and illustrations, then we allow an extra 2 pages.

  • I do not think my paper fits any paper categories. What should I do?

Most likely, your paper fits one of the paper categories. If you are a student, you should talk to your advisor or dissertation chair who can help you understand the paper categories and choose the right category for your paper. If you are a faculty member, contact Tonette S. Rocco (roccot@fiu.edu).

  • Can I submit a paper that is a literature review?

 Yes, SFERC welcomes submissions of papers that are conceptual. Your paper does not have to be empirical. A conceptual paper can be submitted in three paper categories: “Methods and Issues in Research”, “Theory, Model Development, and Literature Reviews”, and “Perspectives in Practice”.