Selection Criteria and Expectations for Holmes Program Participants

Selection Criteria for Student Participants

Participating institutions select individual AACTE Holmes Program participants who meet the following criteria:

  • Are master’s, or doctoral students pursuing careers in the education field.
  • Are students who self-identify as racially or ethnically diverse pursuing graduate degrees in the field of education.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity and diversity.

Expectations for Student Participants

Students selected as Holmes Program participants agree to the following expectations:

  • Commit to a 3-year term.
  • Continue to participate in school-university-community collaborative partnership arrangements for research, service, or advocacy activities.
  • Attend the AACTE Annual Meeting (including the Holmes Program preconference sessions as well as the full AACTE Annual Meeting).
  • Participate at least once in the AACTE’s Washington Week (including the Holmes Summer Policy Institute and Day on the Hill).
  • Propose and implement a project that relates to or forwards the goals of AACTE and authentically engages the program in advocacy, policy, service, or research work.
  • Participate in activities and meetings sponsored by the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni during the final year in the Holmes Program (some of these activities take place during the AACTE Annual Meeting).
  • Participate in at least one other education conference or field trip.
  • Uphold program requirements in high regard.

Expectations for Sponsoring Institutions

Participating institutions agree to meet the following requirements:

  • Sign a commitment form to be officially added to the AACTE Holmes Program.
  • Commit to an initial 3-year term of participation.
  • Designate and support Holmes Program participants, in accordance with the program criteria (which includes supporting students’ participation in the AACTE Annual Meeting and Holmes Summer Policy Institute).
  • Designate a faculty/staff person as the Holmes Program coordinator.
  • Regularly inform AACTE of any new participants selected and/or any participants completing programs, graduating, or otherwise leaving the program.
  • Maintain active membership with AACTE (for postsecondary institutions).
  • Uphold the mission and values of the AACTE Holmes Program.
  • Send a representative to the Holmes Program coordinator and dean sessions at the AACTE Annual Meeting.
  • Promote the value of the AACTE Holmes Program and the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni network among program participants and during related events and programming.
  • Include reference to AACTE and the AACTE Holmes Program in any promotional materials (print or electronic) related to the program.

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2020 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Pre-Conference and Poster Session

Call for Research Proposals

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AACTE is now accepting proposals for the 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting Holmes Pre-Conference and Poster Session in Atlanta, GA. Master’s, doctoral, and postdoctoral students may submit proposals. This is an excellent opportunity to present your research and receive feedback in an open and supportive setting. The Holmes Pre-Conference, February 27-28, will include a roundtable, a job panel, 3-minute thesis, and the dissertation funding competition presentations. The Poster Session presentations will take place during the AACTE Annual Meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 29. Holmes Scholars may submit more than one proposal. Please review the session descriptions and submit your proposal here.

Submission Deadline: October 26, 2019

Session Descriptions

  • Roundtable – 30 minute session – This is a more relaxed session format for those who have a start for their research but still have questions. The format for this session includes a brief overview of your research interest area, a concise description of your proposed study or research line, followed by a discussion. During the discussion you can pose questions, ask for advice, or discuss alternate methods with those in attendance.
  • Job Panel – 20 minute session (Doctoral Candidates or Graduates who have completed dissertation) – This session will be presented in front of a panel. You will have approximately 15 minutes to discuss your dissertation (theoretical framework, method, results, significance) and the last 5 minutes will consist of questions and answers from the audience and panel, as well as feedback from the panel.
  • 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) – 3 minute session – This session is a chance to propose your research or present your pilot study. You have 3 minutes, 1 PowerPoint slide (no animation, no audio), and just your voice (no props, no costumes). This session provides excellent practice for your elevator speech that you will be giving when people ask what is your research interest or agenda.
  • Poster Session – 60 minute session – This session is free flowing. You will create a poster to display during the session and attendees will walk around the session viewing posters. Be prepared to summarize your poster, expand on elements of your poster, and answer questions. It is suggested you bring business cards or a handout for those interested in more information.
  • Dissertation Funding Competition (DFC) – 5 minute session (Doctoral Candidates only) – DFC finalists will present their anticipated dissertation at the “pre-data collection” stage (i.e., not completed). The purpose of the DFC is to support the finalists’ dissertation research proposal related expenses

Proposals Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be evaluated for acceptance using the following evaluation criteria:

  • Timely submission: Only submissions received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Saturday, October 26, 2019 will be considered for acceptance.
    Research described clearly: The description of research is understandable by a universal audience and free of subject specific jargon.
  • Research described concisely: The proposal includes a brief yet informative description of the research that provides the reader with the necessary information.
  • Methods: The description of methods is clear and detailed enough that the reviewer can understand what the applicant did. No jargon.
  • Goals clearly stated: Goals are clearly stated in a way that is easy to follow and provides adequate detail.
  • Innovation of results and/or methods: A brief, but strong description of the novelty or newness of the methods and/or results is provided.
  • Spelling, grammar, punctuation: The proposal is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.

Remember to submit your proposal by October 26. If you have questions, please contact AACTE Holmes Research Coordinator Valentina Contesse at

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