Information for Students

Conference Artwork Design Contest

To promote the GSRC 2022, we encourage the OISE community to submit original artwork or graphic design for the conference themeMoving Mountains: Uprooting and Pushing Boundaries in Education, as part of a contest. The winning design will be used on the conference website, programs and banners, posters and other promotional graphics for the conference. Other entries will be featured as art installations during the conference.

Contest period: September 30 – October 30, 2021

Conference Subcommittee Team

In addition to conference co-chairs, conference subcommittees support the ongoing planning and implementation of the conference. OISE Graduate students can apply to volunteer for positions in the following:

    • Communications Sub-Committee 
    • Publications Sub-Committee 
    • Logistics Sub-Committee
Subcommittee application period: September 30 – October 15, 2021

Rapid Talk Competition

What is a Rapid Talk?

Inspired by presentations such as the 3 Minute Thesis and Pecha Kucha storytelling, interested students can compete in a rapid talk presentation to share their research in a fast paced and visual presentation to a broad audience. For GSRC 2022 we are requiring:

  • Maximum 15 slides with images, minimal text allowed, 20 second per slide
  • No audio aids and no visual aids beyond the slide deck
Competition details:

The competition will take place during the morning of Saturday, April 9, 2022 between 10:00 AM – 12:00PM EST. During the presentation, students are responsible for transitioning their own slides and marks may be deducted for going over the time limit.

  • Judges’ Choice Prizes: A faculty judging panel will award a first, second and third prize ($50, $25 and $10 UofT Bookstore Gift Card, respectively).
  • Audience’s Choice Prizes: Audience members attending the competition will be able to nominate for their favourite rapid talk. Top three rapid talk presentations nominated by the audience will also be awarded prizes ($50, $25 and $10 UofT Bookstore Gift Card, respectively).
How to Sign Up:
  • Each Rapid Talk is single-presenter
  • Students can sign-up to compete in the Rapid Talk once
  • The Rapid Talk must be on a different topic if students are also submitting to present at the conference

Competition registration period now closed.

Abstract Reviewers

Students who present at the GSRC first submit an abstract of their proposed research. The abstracts are peer reviewed by a team of volunteer OISE graduate students. Reviewers may provide comments for presenters and make recommendations to the conference planning committee.

To be eligible to be a volunteer abstract reviewer you must:

  • Be currently enrolled as an OISE student
  • Be available to provide timely feedback on presentation submissions
  • Maintain confidentiality in presentation submissions

As a volunteer abstract reviewer, you will:

  • Gain knowledge of how to apply rubrics to conference abstract submissions
  • Provide thoughtful feedback to your peers in areas of research you have familiarity in
  • Have the opportunity to grow your CV/Resume, highlighting your experience as an abstract reviewer

This commitment will take 2-3 hours of your time between January and February. If you have submitted an abstract to present at this year’s GSRC, you can still volunteer as an abstract reviewer. You will not, however, be reviewing your own submission.

Reviewer application period now closed.


Students who are accepted to present at the GSRC must first submit an abstract of their proposed research. The abstracts will be peer reviewed by a team of volunteer OISE graduate students. Reviewers may provide applicants with comments and feedback.

We prioritize and welcome conference submissions across the board from students whose work reflects and builds on understandings of anti-colonial and anti-racist education frameworks. 

Conference Format

We welcome individual and group proposals.

Students can present through the following modalities:

  • Research Talk
  • Practitioner Talk
  • Poster and Artistic Displays
  • Workshops

Students can indicate the areas of research that pertains to their talk using the following categories:

  • Administration, Organization, and Leadership in Education
  • Community Organizing and Learning
  • Counselling, Wellness and Human Development
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Evaluation, and Assessment in Education
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Measurement and Research Methodologies
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Social Context of Education
  • Teaching and Teacher Education

If apply to present multiple talks, please complete one form for each talk.

Students are encouraged to review details for each of the modalities and areas of research categories prior to submission under Conference Guidelines for Students. 

Abstract submission period now closed.