Sarah Ferguson elected graduate representative to SERA board

In February, Sarah Ferguson, a PhD student in educational research, was elected as the graduate representative to the Southwest Educational Research Association (SERA) board. In the board position, Ferguson will represent graduate students from all participating institutions. She will communicate with the graduate representatives, who distribute information to graduate students within their institution. In the fall, Ferguson will coordinate the Dean's Award submissions for participating universities and work with the institutional graduate representatives to select the winning papers.

"My passion is education research, as this is the field I am working on for my PhD. So having the opportunity to represent graduate students in education research is especially meaningful for me," said Ferguson. "Already this year, we are working on possible changes to the way graduate student presenter photos are taken at the annual conference, and we are in the early stages of a possible new initiative to help graduate students network and collaborate across the SERA community for research and dissertation projects."

Ferguson will not be the only SERA board member from the UNT department of educational psychology. Associate professor of educational psychology Prathiba Natesan was elected to serve as the president-elect and program chair for 2015-2016 and president for 2016-2017.

More about SERA can be found on their website.

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