The Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium is an annual bilingual research conference organized by graduate students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. This symposium provides opportunities for graduate students to share their work in progress or completed research, engage with their colleagues, and participate in the development of new ways of understanding, thinking, and doing. Through the poster session, oral presentations, and workshops, students are brought together to learn from each other and to develop and grow as academics.

For many students, this will be their first academic conference, as such, it has been a strong part of the Symposium’s tradition to work towards building a supportive and congenial atmosphere while allowing students to showcase their work to the greater educational community and gain experience in presenting at peer-reviewed academic conferences.

Founded in 1985 by Professor Jean-Paul Dionne, the Symposium has grown to encompass two full days of activities and attracts graduate students from across Canada and the United States to participate.

Dr. Jean-Paul Dionne

Dr. Jean-Paul Dionne joined the University of Ottawa community in 1966 as a lecturer in mathematics. First becoming an adjunct professor in 1971 in the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Dionne joined the Faculty of Education in 1976, where he stayed, until his retirement, twenty years later, in June of 1996. He was widely recognized for the quality of support he provided to his students, his intellectual rigour, and his contributions to the fields of quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics, and cognitive science.

In 1995, Dr. Dionne was nominated for, and won, the University of Ottawa’s prestigious Award for Excellence in Teaching, an acknowledgement of his outstanding work as a thesis supervisor and as a professor. This symposium, founded by Dr. Dionne in 1986 as the Graduate Student Symposium, was part of his commitment to helping students gain the experience and skills necessary to succeed. Organized by graduate students within the Faculty of Education, it was, and continues to be, the embodiment of his motto, “Listen, challenge, and support”, providing opportunities for students to present their scholarly work and participate in the organization of an academic conference.