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FCE's annual Summer Institute is an opportunity for doctoral students, faculty, staff, alumni, and invited guests to engage in academic dialogue as well as face-to-face fellowship. The sections below provide information on what attendees can expect from the Summer Institute in addition to the overall Summer Institute agenda.

Regular registration for the summer 2017 semester began March 7th and will close on June 1st. Late registration begins on June 2, 2017 and a late fee of $100 will apply.

First Time Attendees (Doctoral Students)

As a first-time attending doctoral student (regardless if you are a first year student or have not yet met the summer institute requirement), this year’s Summer Institute will provide you with opportunities to explore topics related to your chosen area of concentration, and to acquire knowledge and skills that will assist you in successfully completing the program. 

All doctoral students are required to attend Summer Institute to fulfill degree requirements for graduation.  We are recommending (but not requiring) students to have already completed or be currently enrolled in RES 9300 or EDD 9300 (Methods of Inquiry) before attending the Summer Institute.

Returning Students

All students who have previously attended a summer conference but have not yet completed their dissertation should take advantage of this opportunity to move closer to the completion of the program.  At this year’s institute there will be a variety of workshops and presentations that are focused on components of the dissertation process.  There will be sessions on using library resources effectively, improving academic writing, understanding APA format and expectations, research methodology, and completing the dissertation benchmarks. 

NSU Alumni

This summer may be a perfect time for you to reconnect with your alma mater.  Join us for the NSU Summer Institute Alumni experience.  The 2017 Summer Institute will offer local, national, and international alumni a perfect time and place to experience engaging opportunities and vibrant growth at NSU as you connect with our active alumni network.

NSU's campuses have grown in the last several years, not only on our beautiful 314 acres in Davie/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but also throughout the state of Florida. With buildings representing contemporary architectural expression set amid a suburban green, the Alvin Sherman Library displays stunning Chihuly blown glass sculptures and 1.33 million scholarly works and artifacts, the 500 seat Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center features up­ and-coming student talent and performances,  while the 36,600 square foot University Center houses three NCAA completion courts to provide our student-athletes with competition and practice space, and, of course, the recently updated NSU Flight Deck, the local NSU pub and outdoor patio space, are a selected sampling among many NSU attractions and points of interest.

Throughout the institute our current students will be attending sessions in the morning and early afternoon.  Alumni may take advantage of the opportunity to explore innovative research in education with other like-minded professionals and researchers. Sessions will also offer valuable techniques to augment your research and writing skills. The institute fee is $99.

Guests and the General Public

The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education invites you to share in a unique opportunity. Please join us for the 2017 Summer Institute. This year we will offer workshops that are designed to provide information on the latest trends in education and tips for researching library databases

The Summer Institute offers a setting for participants to explore important research in higher education with other like-minded professionals. Sessions will also offer valuable techniques to augment your research and writing skills. The Summer Institute fee is $99.

2017 Summer Conference Agenda

Click here to download the agenda.

All the details you need to plan your days!

Daily Schedule of Events

Materials for your favorite Summer Institute sessions:

Track 1 – Required Sessions

Session 1: Navigating the Dissertation Process: The Components

Session 2: Alignment: The Key to a Strong Dissertation

Session 3: How to Write Chapter 3: Your Methodology and IRB

Session 4: Writing Your Literature Review

Session 5: Flavoring your Prospectus with Seasoned Library Resources

Session 6: APA Style and Format 101

Session 7: Managing Your Dissertation: Practical Tips for a Smooth Dissertation Journey

Track 2 – Required Sessions

Session 1: A Practical Plan for Proposal and Beyond

Session 2: An Overview of Methodology Types

Session 3: How to Write Chapter 3: Your Methodology

Session 4: Writing Your Literature Review

Session 5: Infusing Library Fuel for Dissertation Take-Off

Session 6: APA Style and Format A to Z

Session 7: Tips for IRB Submission

Elective Sessions

Writing and Communication

Changing Face of America: 21st Century Demographic Shifts

The Relevance of Ethics in Research

Theoretical Lens: Exploring, Learning and Identifying

Qualitative Design

Quantitative Research Methods

Mixed Methods

Survey Development: Process and Expectations

Qualitative Analysis

Statistical Analysis Made Easy: A Beginner’s Tutorial on How to Use SPSS Software

How to Use SPSS to Answer Basic Quantitative Research Questions

A Journey from Dissertation to Publication

Finding Tests and Instruments


Organizing Sources for a Literature Review

Identifying Theories and Landmark Studies

Sage Research Methods

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