AU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies to host “Quint State” graduate student symposium

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, in the College of Human Sciences, will host the 32nd annual Southeastern Symposium on Child and Family Development from Feb. 21-23. This student-run conference provides a supportive environment for graduate students to share their research and to develop a network of professional contacts with peers and faculty scholars from other universities in the region.

The conference is widely known as Quint State, to reflect the participation of five member institutions. Along with their Auburn counterparts, graduate students and professors from departments of human development and family studies at the University of Georgia, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Virginia Tech will participate in the three-day series of events.

Francesca Adler-Baeder, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies at AU, recalls giving her first research presentation before an audience of her graduate student peers at a Quint State conference, and credits contacts she made at Quint State to her being given a research opportunity and eventually a faculty position at AU. Adler-Baeder received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

“It was a safe, appropriately challenging environment to do this, and by the end of the experience, my knees were no longer shaking and I felt confident and empowered,” said Adler-Baeder in describing this unique and innovative event. “Having faculty other than your own that have first-hand knowledge of your work and skills can be key to securing a position when you’re ‘on the market.’”

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