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Welcome to the 2015 Walden University Research Symposium. A Walden tradition for several years, the Research Symposium is an annual event where we are able to showcase research projects from our academic community, especially work by our recent graduates. The presentations at a symposium appear in two different formats. Poster presentations provide an opportunity for researchers to engage with all individuals attending the symposium and potentially to network with other interested researchers. Using a roundtable presentation format, a select group of research teams is available for interactive discussions of their work, with handouts and visual materials available to support the discussion. This year’s roundtable presenters are focused specifically on creative and novel solutions to the challenges facing researchers, thus continuing the theme from the 2015 Research Colloquium in January. As you will see from the abstracts in this program—one of the largest groups that we have had over the years—the research being conducted at the university is quite diverse. Beyond their shared focus on positive social change, I was most struck by the timeliness of the research topics, including improving the effectiveness and delivery of healthcare, responding to the increasingly complex world of public education, reaching beyond the borders of the United States, and addressing public health concerns from avian flu to Ebola. For 2015, we have also expanded the Meet-and-Greet area of the symposium. The editors from each of the five academic journals supported by Walden University are in attendance. If you are interested in these publication venues, you can get any questions answered. We also have members of our Institutional Review Board in attendance, along with colleagues to discuss our Research Dissemination Support (RDS) Program and our institutional repository, ScholarWorks. The “magic” of a research symposium can be found in the interactions between presenters and audience, however. So, please don’t be shy—step up, ask questions, make comments, and enjoy the experience.
National Harbor, MD