Epicenter Research Summit
From Designing Education Lab
Attendees from 29 institutions and organizations came from fields ranging from engineering to psychology to design. The gathering attracted faculty members and administrators, undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and research and evaluation specialists from the U.S. and Europe. Attendees included students in Epicenter's University Innovation Fellows program and faculty in Epicenter's Pathways to Innovation Program.
Session topics at the summit included students’ entrepreneurial development, research on programs and curricular approaches, and the landscape of the field. Participants took part in workshops to address how students could help come up with new research ideas and collaborated in groups to form brand new research questions.
The value of bringing this community together is immense and widespread. The impact is not only on engineering education, but higher education as a whole. Participants expressed interest in continuing to meet as a community, defining research needs, and reaching out to other scholars and practitioners who would like to share insights and collaborate.
The organizers of the event were Dr. Sheri Sheppard, Epicenter’s Co-Principal Investigator and leader of the research team; and Dr. Helen L. Chen and Dr. Shannon Gilmartin, both Epicenter Research Scientists. Summit co-hosts were Professor Mary Besterfield-Sacre of the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Nathalie Duval-Couetil of Purdue University, Professor Bill Damon of Stanford University, and Dr. Anne Colby of Stanford University.
View Summit materials including session notes, posters, recommended resources and the Summit evaluation report: http://epicenter.stanford.edu/page/epicenter-research-summit-2014
Read more about the event and watch a video featuring the members of the research community: http://epicenter.stanford.edu/story/big-questions-epicenter-research-summit-2014
Learn more about the Epicenter research initiative: http://epicenter.stanford.edu/page/research