EARA/SRA Summer School Testimonial Archive

 

 2012 EARA/SRA Summer School Report

The 2012 EARA/SRA summer school was held in Spetses, Greece from August 24th to August 28th. The site for the school was the historic Anargyrios-Korgialeneios School, located on Spetses, an island in the south of Greece. The summer schools have been hosted since 2001 by the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), and the events are funded in part by the Jacobs Foundation. For the past three years, the summer school has been jointly sponsored by EARA and SRA.

This year, 7 senior scholars and 22 junior scholars attended the event designed to train doctoral researchers. The summer school features intensive reading, lively intellectual exchanges, stimulating questions about theory as well as practice, and professional development opportunities. Junior scholars present their ideas to the senior scholars and their peers to receive valuable feedback.

Participant Testimonials

Sometimes, an offhand comment by an advisor or an unexpected listserv email can be the turning point that changes an academic career. These turning points can lead to new opportunities. They can lead to new collaborations. They can lead one halfway around the world. One of those – almost serendipitous – turning points in the academic career of twenty-two junior scholars has been this year’s EARA/SRA summer school in Spetses, Greece. This is a report from two of those scholars, roommates Pieter Baay and Chris Napolitano.

Our bags and computers packed with research articles from senior researchers, power point presentations on our dissertations and bathing clothes – just in case – we arrived at the beautiful island of Spetses. This inspirational environment seemed the perfect setting to improve our understanding on theories, research designs and methodological challenges that appear in adolescence research.

The opening communication workshop acknowledged the differences between the participants from all around the globe and set the stage for an ongoing discussion on commonalities and differences between all participants. We Americans were reminded to speak slowly. We Europeans were reminded to speak up. These reminders were important: wherever we were during Summer School, it seemed, Junior scholars from around the world shared ideas and plans to collaborate.

A focal point of the Summer School was the talks from the senior scholars on wide-ranging topics such as gene-environment interactions (Luc Goossens), family assistance (Andrew Fuligni), parent-child relationships (Jaap Denissen), sibling relationships (Susan McHale), planned missingness (Todd Little), civic engagement (Jim Youniss), and an evolutionary approach to aggression (Patricia Hawley). Apart from presenting their outstanding research, the seniors challenged us with diverse assignments and commented on our dissertation progress.

Equally important, the Senior Scholars were willing to share all their experience and suggestions relevant to our career development. This way, seniors and juniors got to know each other at a deeper professional and personal level, which many of us had not experienced before.

This summer school has not only affected the development of individuals’ academic career. The intense week of exchange of knowledge and ideas has led both seniors and juniors to discover previously unknown shared research interests. Juniors presented their theoretical framework, which appeared testable with a dataset from a Senior or which appeared to show considerable overlap with another Junior’s research. This way, cross-national and cross-disciplinary relations were built that will doubtlessly lead to senior-junior as well as junior-junior collaboration in the future.

On behalf of all junior scholars, we would like to thank the inspiring senior scholars, the organizing committee, (Lauree Tilton-Weaver and Sheila Marshall) and the generous Jacobs Foundation for creating this turning point in our academic career. Ευχαριστώ πολύ!

List of Participants

Senior Scholars:

James Youniss, The Catholic University of American
Todd Little, University of Kansas
Patricia Hawley, University of Kansas
Luc Goossens, Catholic University of Leuven
Susan McHale, Pennsylvania State University
Andrew Fuligni, University of California, Los Angeles
Jaap Denissen, Tilburg University

Junior Scholars:

Sara Accomazzo, University of California, Berkeley
Laura Baams, Utrecht University
Pieter Baay, Utrecht University
Milena Batanova, University of Texas, Austin
Kris Bevelander, Radboud University
Jane Chipman, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Lavina Damian
Maria Fernandes-Jesus, University of Portugal
Aline Gauchat, University of Montreal
Aisha Griffith, University of Illinois
Kaisa Haverinen, UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND
Priya Iyer, U OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON
Danilo Jagenow, FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN
Parissa Jahromi, Stanford University
Christine Lackner, BROCK UNIVERISTY
Hana Machackova, MASARYK UNIVERSITY
Noel Malandam, MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Gregory Mantzouranis, University of Lausanne
Lies Missotten, KATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF LEUVEN
Christopher Napolitano, Tufts University
Selma Salihovi, OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Kim Tsai, UCLA

EARA/SRA Summer School Testimonial Archive

 


2011 EARA/SRA Summer School

2011 EARA/SRA Summer School Report

The 2011 EARA/SRA summer school was held in at the University of Arizona in Tucson from May 16-21th. The summer schools have been hosted since 2001 by the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA), and the events are funded in part by the Jacobs Foundation. For the past three years, the summer school has been jointly sponsored by EARA and SRA.

This year, 7 senior scholars and 24 junior scholars attended the event designed to train doctoral researchers. The summer school features intensive reading, lively intellectual exchanges, stimulating questions about theory as well as practice, and professional development opportunities. Junior scholars present their ideas to the senior scholars and their peers to receive valuable feedback.

Visit the Emerging Scholars Blog to read reflections from several 2011 junior scholar participants! Be sure to watch for the call for applications to next year’s summer school.

Senior Scholars 2011

Junior Scholars 2011

  • Kevin Barnes-Ceeney
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Karen Bluth
    University of Tennessee
  • Kristen Gilbert
    Yale University
  • Sara Johnson
    University of Connecticut
  • Jessica McKenzie
    Clark University
  • Christopher Salas-Wright
    Boston College
  • Cindy Sangalang
    University of California
  • Jama Shelton
    University of New York
  • Julia Tang
    Claremont Graduate University
  • Elizabeth Tilley
    University of Arizona
  • Kristina Webber
    University of North Carolina
  • Chris Lee
    University of California
  • Jolien van der Graff
    Utrecht University
  • Danielle van der Giessen
    Utrecht University
  • Beiwen Chen
    Ghent University
  • Jan Serek
    Masaryk University
  • Kirsten Lochbuhler
    University of Vienna
  • Mette Ranta
    University of Helsinki
  • Sabrina Ruggieri
    University of Bern
  • Giulia Zucchetti
    University of Turin
  • Eveline Teppers
    Catholic University of Leuven
  • Marion Reindl
    University of Wuerzburg
  • Marko Luftenegger
    University of Vienna
  • Umit Morsunbul
    Ankara University

 

The ÖREBRO Summer School


Summer Schools are training grounds for young scholars interested in adolescent development. The 2010 summer school was held between June 22nd and June 26th in Örebro, Sweden. This summer school was jointly sponsored by the European Association for Research on Adolescence (EARA) and SRA, with the generous funding from the Jacobs Foundation.

During five days a group of 24 doctoral students and some of the best researchers in the field of adolescence came together to enjoy this experience. During the summer school participants were able to learn about different areas of adolescent research, receive feedback and advice about their own research and take part in methodology workshops, while enjoying the company of scholars from 12 different countries under the Nordic daylight.

2010 Orebro Summer School Participants

And this is only one of the many activities offered for emerging scholars who are members of EARA or SRA. Stay connected to learn more about this and other great opportunities!

History of EARA/SRA Summer Schools

Participant Testimonials


“The recent EARA/SRA Summer School was a very valuable and unique learning experience. We had the opportunity to interact with and get constructive feedback on our research by prominent investigators. I appreciate the personal connections with other students and faculty I made. The workshops were relevant and interesting, and the social and cultural activities were really enjoyable. Swedish Midsummer was a highlight. I highly recommend attending!”

— Roseann M. Larstone, University of British Columbia, Canada

“The 2010 EARA/SRA Summer School was an excellent opportunity for professional development, especially in terms of receiving meaningful advice about the directions of our careers and research. More than enjoying the beautiful summer days in Sweden, we were able to develop new relationships and expand our perspectives about what it means to be a researcher in the field of adolescence. The senior scholars were very friendly and available, and provided us with engaging lectures, group projects and consulting sessions that expanded our knowledge while challenging us to step into the field as active players. It was also great to learn about the findings and challenges brought by students from a varied group of countries, which gave a unique cross-cultural nuance to the Summer School. For me the Summer School was a very delightful experience, and I strongly recommend it to other colleagues.”

— Josafá Cunha, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

“EARA/SRA Summer School is a place where prominent “surnames” from the articles you read become real persons who are ready to answer all of the questions emerged in your head while reading their papers. They are also happy to embark on the challenge of helping you with your own struggles and dilemmas by giving you some very useful advices and ideas for your studies. Summer School is a place where you realize that you are capable of being astonishingly creative and efficient in an almost-impossibly-short period of time. It is also a place where you work so hard that by the end of the Summer school (unless you’re a native English speaker) you are not sure anymore in what language you think. But it is also a place where you have really lot of fun, and what is most important, where you meet many nice people who become your friends and future research partners…”

— Ana Tokiæ, University of Zagreb, Croatia

“Attending the EARA/SRA summer school in Sweden gave me the opportunity to meet and interact with leading adolescent researchers. The lectures presented by the faculty covered a wide range of interesting topics and they were all so open to hear our dissertation ideas and provide feedback. Additionally, meeting with an international group of doctoral students and collaborating with them on activities throughout the summer school was a memorable and positive experience.”

— Guadalupe Espinoza, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

“I was really astonished to receive Dr. Stattin’s email informing me that I would be one of the 24 students to attend the Orebro summer school in Sweden. I still couldn’t believe it when I was preparing for the travel to Europe. But I would definitely say it was a never-forgotten experience in my life. During the 5-day summer school, the great senior experts stayed together with all the students almost all the time, presenting their researches, talking about career development, and communicating with us individually. I felt lucky to be exposed to the cutting-edge researches, learned more advanced data analyzing skills, and even more importantly, how to do good research and how to present research. Particularly, I received great advices about my dissertation proposal from both senior experts and fellow students. Communicating with fellow students and listening to their presentations also inspired me a lot. This event would be in my memory forever.”

— Lixian Cui, Oklahoma State University, USA

List of Participants


Senior Scholars
Gian Vittorio Caprara, University of Roma, Italy
Nancy Darling, Oberlin College, US
Manfred Van Dulmen, Kent University, US
Sandra Graham, University of California – Los Angeles, US
Margaret Kerr, Örebro University, Sweden
Paul Klaczynski, University of Northern Colorado, US
Brett Laursen, Florida Atlantic University, US
Sheila Marshall, University of British Columbia, Canada
Debra Pepler, York University, Canada
Håkan Stattin, Örebro University, Sweden
Lauree Tilton-Weaver, Örebro University, Sweden

Junior Scholars
Erika J. Bagley, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, USA
Deborah M. Casper, University of Arizona, USA
Lixian Cui, Oklahoma State University, USA
Josafá Cunha, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Carolien van Damme, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Ella Daniel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Guadalupe Espinoza, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Terese Glatz, Örebro University, Sweden
Amaranta D. de Haan, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Marieke Hiemstra, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Meredith C. Jones, University of Denver, USA
Roseann M. Larstone, University of British Columbia, Canada
Rebecca Lazarides, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Andrea D. Mata, Kent State University, USA
Sina Nitzko, University of Mainz, Germany
Stijn van Petegem, Ghent University, Belgium
Lili Qin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , USA
Edin T. Randall, Loyola University Chicago, USA
Eeske G. H. van Roekel, Radboud University, the Netherlands
Sarah V. Spencer, University at Buffalo, USA
Elisabeth Stefanek, University of Vienna, Austria
Eva H. Telzer, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Ana Tokic’, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Rongqin Yu, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

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