FAQs


1. When and where is the SERA conference?

2. What is the conference hotel and rate?

3. How much are the registration fees, trainings, etc.?

4. Where do I register?

5. What is the address to submit a payment by check?

6. I submitted more than one proposal. Do I need to register for each proposal submission?

7. Can I register for the conference on-site?

8. What information is needed in the proposal system?

9. Where can I submit a proposal?

10. Can I insert Tables and Figures into the proposal system?

11. Do I include the title of my proposal within the body of my proposal?

12. When will the conference schedule be available?

13. I am a presenter, what do I need to bring with me?

14. What is appropriate conference dress?

15. What is the Dean’s award and who is eligible?

16. What is the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper award and who is eligible?

17. What is the SERA Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper award and who is eligible?

18. When will I know if my paper has been accepted for presentation?

19. How do I get more involved in SERA?

20. Are there any special meetings/networking opportunities for graduate students during the conference?

21. I am a faculty member and want to network with other faculty members. Is there any networking advice that can be given?

22. How do I find out more about the SERA Research Grants?

23. What is the format for the presentations?

24. Do I have to send copies of my paper(s) to anyone prior to the annual meeting?



1. When and where is the SERA conference?

 Please click ***here*** for information.

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2. What is the conference hotel and rate?

 Please click ***here*** for information.

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3. How much are the registration fees, trainings, etc.?

 Please click ***here***.

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4. Where do I register?

When the registration site is open, you can use the conference tab on the SERA website or click ***here*** for information.

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5. What is the address to submit a payment by check?

Please click ***here*** for the address.

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6. I submitted more than one proposal. Do I need to register for each  proposal submission?

No, you only need to register one time.

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7. Can I register for the conference on-site?

Yes, please click ***here*** for information about on-site registration fees.

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8. What information is needed in the proposal system?

Please click***here*** to preview the SERA proposal system.

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9. Where can I submit a proposal?

Before you submit, please click ***here*** to preview the SERA proposal system.
When the proposal site is open, please click ***here*** once you are ready to submit.

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10. Can I insert Tables and Figures into the proposal system?

Tables and Figures cannot be inserted in the proposal system.

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11. Do I include the title of my proposal within the body of my proposal?

No, you will submit the title of you proposal in a separate line within the proposal system.

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12. When will the conference schedule be available?

The draft of the program will be posted on the SERA website sometime in early December.

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13. I am a presenter, what do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring the following items:
a. A laptop computer or tablet that can connect to a VGA or HDMI ported projector.
b. (IF NEEDED) An adapter for your brand of computer/tablet.
c.  A copy of your presentation on a small storage device (i.e., flash/thumb/pen drive) or a mobile hotspot to access presentations stored on cloud-based storage.
d. Copies of your paper (10-15), summaries of your paper, and/or contact      information for those attending your presentation.

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14. What is appropriate conference dress?

Business to business casual. 

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15. What is the Dean’s award and who is eligible?

Please scroll to the bottom of the Awards tab on the SERA website for more information.

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16. What is the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper award and who is eligible?

Please go to the Awards tab on the SERA website for more information.

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17. What is the SERA Bruce Thompson Outstanding Paper award and who is eligible?

Please go to the Awards tab on the SERA website for more information.

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18. When will I know if my paper has been accepted for presentation?

Notifications will be sent sometime in early November.

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19. How do I get more involved in SERA?

Contact a board member and let them know of your interests. SERA Board Member names are listed in the current Newsletter.

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20. Are there any special meetings/networking opportunities for graduate students during the conference?

Yes, please click ***here*** to find out more.

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21. I am a faculty member and want to network with other faculty members. Is there any networking advice that can be given?

The culture of SERA creates an environment that encourages networking and collaborations. If you are interested in networking, attend sessions and visit with members between sessions. If you are interested in collaborating with someone, attend their sessions. Afterwards, begin a discussion about the research and how your research connects with their research.

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22. How do I find out more about the SERA Research Grants?

Please visit the Mentoring and Grants page within the SERA Conference pull down menu.

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23. What is the format for the presentations?

Each session will be about an hour long, and each presenter will have approximately 12-13 minutes to summarize a given paper. A timekeeper/chairperson is assigned to each session. This avoids some SERA members traveling very long distances to present and not getting their fair amount of time due to some inconsiderate person taking up too much time.

Each room will have a projector to which you can hook a laptop if you are using PowerPoint. It helps if everybody puts their slides on a single USB stick, or the desktop, rather than constantly switching out laptops. You, do, not, have, to, use, PowerPoint!!!! If you don’t really need PowerPoint to present your summary, do not use PowerPoint. Please do NOT read your paper because that would be dull. Instead, present your summary in a conversational manner.

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24. Do I have to send copies of my paper(s) to anyone prior to the annual meeting?

Only if you are a student and you are presenting in Division VI (students work “in progress”), you must submit your paper to the discussant assigned to your session once the draft program is posted to the Web. The Program Chair will send you an e-mail with the name and e-mail address of your Discussant if you are a student presenting in Division VI.
Note. Students (and faculty) presenting in Divisions I – V are NOT in sessions with Discussants, and do NOT need to send copies of their papers to Discussants.

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