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Dr. John McConnell, Ronnie Roberts, Dr. Lauren Wells

Ronnie Roberts, who goes by “Devin”, is a senior in the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education, studying elementary education for grades K-5. During his undergraduate studies, Roberts has participated in several undergraduate research conferences and presented his research titled, “The Effect of Proficient Reader Strategies on Reading Comprehension in College Age Students”.

Roberts attended the MISA (Mid-Southern Interdisciplinary Sciences Association) conference in October 2017 and took first place for the presentation of his research. Previously Roberts presented his research at the APSU Research Symposium in April of 2017 and won best overall poster presentation. Roberts also attended the NCUR (National Counsel of Undergraduate Research) conference in Memphis placing in the top 10 percent of all abstracts submitted, with approximately 4,000 submissions. Additionally Roberts attended the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators (SRATE) in Arkansas, and Poster on the Hill event at the Capitol building in Nashville.

Roberts experience with research has been a positive one. “When you hear the word “research” you think it is complicated and daunting, but after experiencing the research and presentation process, it is something I have become passionate about. The support from the faculty in the College of Education, and the Office of undergraduate research, changed the trajectory of my educational path. I now want to continue my education by obtaining advanced degrees. Research can be life changing, and I want to encourage others to take advantage of the opportunity”, said Roberts.

Dr. Lauren Wells and Dr. John McConnell, in the College of Education, were instrumental in guiding Roberts with his research, and Dr. Erin Lynch, Office of Undergraduate Research assisted Roberts in locating conferences where his research could be presented. Roberts additionally said, “I wouldn’t have had this experience if it weren’t for the incredible measures my faculty mentor, Dr. Lauren Wells, accomplished on my behalf. Dr. Wells is there every step of the way with me”.



Dr. Erin Lynch-Alexander, a faculty member in the Department of Educational Specialties, spoke about ways to increase and support diversity among faculty during a workshop at the University of Missouri.