Hunter Student Research Conference

The Hunter Student Research Conference (HSRC) is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to share their research while gaining valuable experience proposing, preparing, and presenting their work in a supportive environment.

For over a decade, the student research conference at the School of Education and Human Development has provided an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their innovative research. The one-day event is held in the late spring and includes poster sessions, paper sessions, workshops, panels, and a keynote speaker. It is organized for students mostly by students (with the support of a faculty liaison and staff in the Dean’s Office), so it is also an opportunity for students to gain experience designing, planning, and running an academic conference.

Recently renamed in 2020, the Hunter Student Research Conference honors the barrier-breaking alumna, Dr. Louise Stokes Hunter, Educ ‘53. Dr. Hunter was the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Virginia.

HSRC 2021-2022 Planning Committee:

Chair: Melissa Lucas (
Co-chair: Helen Min (

  • Communications
    Kara Anderson - KINE
    Shoronda Matthews - EP-ADS
  • Outreach
    Todd Hall - EP
  • Program
    Molly Harry - KINE
    Mary Margaret Hughes - CISE
  • Proposals
    Sarah Beach - RSE
  • Logistics
    MacKenzie Pigg - KINE

As a student run organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion, we want to ensure that all students at the UVA School of Education and Human Development have the opportunity to be in a leadership position as Chair of a Committee or Chair Elect of the Hunter Student Research Conference. You can now make your nominations for the 2023 HSRC Chair positions at this link ( We accept self-nominations and nominations from anyone who is a student, staff, or faculty member at UVA.

Committee Responsibilities:

  • The Communications Committee coordinates conference promotion, upkeep of the website, and communication about the conference.
  • The Logistics Committee coordinates location, technology, food, and volunteers on the day of the conference.
  • The Program Committee coordinates presentation moderator training and presentation sessions, faculty involvement, creation of the program, and presentation schedules.
  • The Proposal Committee coordinates proposal submissions and review process.
  • The Outreach Committee develops monthly workshops leading up to the HSRC that prepares potential participants for applying to and participating in the conference.

Conference Submissions:

Submissions for the 2022 conference will open Monday, Nov. 22, 2021 and close on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.
When available, submissions can be made on the HSRC Canvas page. We encourage all students to consider submitting to the conference. We accept proposals for three different research types (empirical, theoretical, and literature review) in three possible presentation formats (paper session, poster session, and research-in-progress showcase). Additional information can be found in the Submission Guidelines in Canvas. Sample proposals can also be found on our Canvas page. If you have any questions please email!

Upcoming Events

Monday, Aug. 30 - Welcome Week Interest Meeting.
Link to recording: Password: @HSRC2022
Link to google slides:

Tuesday, Sept. 21 - 1st Monthly Planning Committee Meeting. Ridley Hall, room 206.

Outreach Workshops (please contact Todd Hall ( for more information):

Tuesday, Sept. 21 - 1st Monthly Planning Committee Meeting. Ridley Hall, room 206.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6 pm: Your First Research Conference: Why and How to Present as an Undergrad
  • Tuesday, Oct 5th: 12 pm: Turning Coursework into a Great Conference Presentation
  • Monday, Oct 12th, 12 pm: Citation Management for Conferences
  • Thursday, November 4th, 12 pm: Search Smarter Not Harder: Automated Tools for Lit Reviews
  • Tuesday, January 25th, 6 pm: Student + Librarian Panel: Undergraduate Conference Pro-tips

Friday, March 25, 2022 - Conference Day!

Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • Dr. Hunter's Family, including Yvette Washington and Hunter White
  • Dean's Office
  • EdOnline
  • VEST Keynote Team
  • Education & Social Science Research Library
  • EdCouncil