Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."

Early Deadline: 7 December 2020
Final Deadline: 7 April 2021

2021 Recipients

Richard L Velasco

Richard L Velasco

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, USA

Richard Velasco is a clinical assistant professor of STEM education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The University of Iowa (UI). Richard received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in STEM education from Texas Tech University in May 2020. His research interests include STEM teacher advocacy, STEM teacher leadership development, and informal STEM learning spaces. Prior to his position at UI, Richard was a secondary math teacher for 12 years and was a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, awarded by the National Science Foundation and the White House.

Tabitha Espina

Tabitha Espina

Assistant Professor, Eastern Oregon University, USA

Tabitha Espina is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Eastern Oregon University. Her research interests include Cultural Rhetorics, Decolonial Theory and Pedagogies, and Public Humanities, and how these relate to learning, research, teaching, service, and advocacy. She has published her work in Race and Pedagogy Journal, Asian Studies, Humanities Diliman, Pacific Asian Inquiry, Oregon Humanities, Humanities Washington, and Micronesian Educator and has forthcoming publications with College English, Duke University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, and the Modern Language Association. She has presented her work throughout the continental US and in eight countries.

Shrija Srinivasan

Shrija Srinivasan

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India

Shrija Srinivasan is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, Pilani Campus, Rajasthan, India. Her research interests include spatial and culture studies, crime fiction and digital cultures, and has published research articles in the same. She has qualified the National Eligibility Test making her eligible for teaching at Indian Universities. She is also an artist, trained in the Indian Classical Dance form: Bharatanatyam, and has performed at prestigious platforms in India and abroad. Shrija is motivated to learn and research in interdisciplinary fields and work on collaborative projects.

Contact details: Ph. No.: 9868599827; Email add: p2016411@pilani.bits-pilani.ac.in

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5517-0088

Aisling Keavey

Aisling Keavey

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Ireland

Aisling Keavey is a London and Dublin-based photographic artist and researcher. She is currently undertaking a Masters by Research in photography at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dublin, Ireland. This practice-led project is concerned with female members of the Irish diaspora living in England. The women were photographed and interviewed about their experience of being Irish in London, their reasoning for emigrating and their thoughts about what home means to them. She has presented at various international conferences, including the British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference and the Limerick Postgraduate Research Conference.

Priscalia Khosa

Priscalia Khosa

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Priscalia Khosa is a lecturer and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Social Work at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her fields of research include social work supervision and management; social work education; social policy, substance abuse and gender dynamics. Apart from her teaching role, she coordinates social work practice education for first-year students and supervises masters’ student's research on gender-based violence, school social work and medical social work, among others. She received a Social Work Emerging Educator of the Year Award by the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) in 2019.

ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7453-4417

In Their Words

The emerging scholar community is an awesome community and the friendships gained will surely stay with us and be helpful in both professional and personal terms."

Bria Yifei Yan, 2017 Awardee

It is the perfect space to meet and expose several ideas and projects and also get opinions and comments from wonderful people. There is no research without perspective and dialogue and this congress opens an invaluable window to do it."

Silvia Agreda, 2014 Awardee

I observed a variety of different presentation styles and learned about topics within, involving, and outside of my discipline. I also learned about organizing a conference and chairing panels on a much larger scale than previous experiences I have had."

Tuulia Law, 2014 Awardee