Another Successful Spring Research Conference!

Picture from Left to Right: Jaeyun Han, Kelsey Corcoran, Bri Stanley, Veronica Scott, and Leanna Asher

The Spring Research Conference is a jointly sponsored educational research conference hosted by the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. The  conference draws College of Education graduate students who study a multitude of topics in education, sport, and mental health.  It has allowed for undergraduate, master and doctoral students an opportunity to present research proposals in a friendly, yet formal, setting and to get constructive feedback from faculty and colleagues.


Calah Ford’s presentation on robotics self-efficacy and failure mindset draws a crowd!


The P20 Motivation and Learning Lab attends the Spring Research Conference every year.  This year, the conference took place right at home in the beautiful Gatton Student Center at the University of Kentucky. Our Lab presented a total of nine presentations and shined throughout each paper and poster session.

Kelsey Corcoran and Lauren Zahrn discuss what first-year students want to change about themselves in college.



Some presentation topics included robotics self-efficacy, a social belonging intervention, willpower mindset, and first year college students’ self-efficacy in a multitude of domains (i.e. environment, sport, and STEM). To find our presentations, please visit our presentations page. More highlights from an amazing conference below!



Special thanks to the University of Kentucky’s College of Education for hosting such a wonderful research conference. See you in Cincinnati, next spring!

Jaeyun tells us that although there is a gender gap in STEM self-efficacy at the beginning of college, this gap is reduced by the end of the first year of college!

Our postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Narmada Paul, sits with lab alumni, Dr. Caihong Li, to enjoy some great discussion about educational research!

Our fearless undergraduate student, Bri Stanley, critically examines the scales used to measure Self-Efficacy for Environmental Behavior.

Kaitlyn Stevens and Olivia Huffman present their findings about athlete motivation.