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Welcome to the 2014 Walden University Research Symposium. National Harbor may be a new location for the research symposium this year, but we are still excited to be able to showcase research projects from our academic community, including work by our recent graduates. The presentations at this 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. Within the roundtable presentation format, a select group of researchers will be available for interactive discussions of their work, with handouts and visual materials available to support the discussion. This year’s roundtable presenters are particularly interested in getting feedback on their in-progress projects. For this symposium, we continue to see the diversity of research being conducted at the university. What is particularly striking for this group of presenters is the range of their populations of interests—from women studying robotics to samesex parents, from the Amish community to members of the military, from cancer survivors to users of mobile banking, and so many more! The theme that ties them together, however, is their focus on positive social change. Be sure to note that editors from each of the four research journals that are supported by Walden University are in attendance. If you are interested in these publication venues, you can get any questions answered. The "magic" of a research symposium can be found in the interactions between presenters and audience. So, please don’t be shy—step up, ask questions, make comments, and enjoy the experience.
National Harbor, MD