Student Preconference

Two workshops offered for the student preconference on Wednesday, July 15, from 9:00am – 3:30pm at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

Workshop 1 will be an all-day session led by Jessica Logan of Ohio State University and Yaacov Petscher of Florida State University/FCRR on quantile regression. Workshop 2 will be an all-day session on eye-tracking led by Gary Feng of the Educational Testing Service. Descriptions of the sessions are below; please pay attention to the requirements set out by the workshop leaders.  There is no charge for the preconference, and it is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (first two years). Registration will remain open until capacity is reached. The exception is for Workshop 2; if you wish to attend this session, you must pre-register before April 30.  Dr. Feng will select the 12 participants from among those who have pre-registered on April 30. After April 30, you will no longer be able to register for Workshop 2.  A complimentary box lunch will be provided to all participants.

If you have questions about the student preconference, please contact Dr. Young-Suk Kim at


Workshop 1: Quantile Regression
(Capacity: 50 participants)

Topic: Quantile Regression
Instructor: Yaacov Petscher, Ph.D.
Florida State University/FCRR and
Jessica Logan, Ph.D.
Ohio State University


Quantile regression is a flexible way to evaluate whether a correlation between your dependent and independent variable is representative for all individuals in your sample.

From a more conceptual orientation, while linear regression helps to answer a question such as, “What is the relation between vocabulary and reading comprehension?” quantile regression helps to answer the question, “For whom does a relation between vocabulary and reading comprehension exist?”


The session will cover a conceptual discussion of quantile regression and practical application of quantile regression, and conducting a quantile regression using R software.

The following types of analyses will be demonstrated using High School & Beyond data:

  • Simple quantile/linear analysis with a continuous predictor
  • Simple quantile/linear analysis with dichotomous predictor
  • Multiple quantile/linear analysis with continuous and dichotomous predictors
  • Quantile/linear analysis for estimating treatment effects
  • Quantile/linear/nonlinear analysis for estimating growth over time
  • Quantile/linear analysis for estimating multilevel models
  • Estimating an effect size for quantile regression

Participants need to have a working knowledge of simple and multiple regression. The workshop focus is less on the statistical complexities and more about conceptual reasons for using this technique and how to actually run it and interpret the results.

Participants need to bring their laptops! We will be writing and running the scripts during the session so that you can get comfortable with the mechanics. The demonstration will focus on using R software (because it’s free!); however, SAS versions of all scripts will be available to participants as well. Data will be provided to the participants prior to, and the day of, the workshop.



Workshop 2: Eye-Tracking
(Capacity: 12 participants)

Using Eye-Tracking Technology in Reading Research
Instructor: Gary Feng, Ph.D.
Educational Testing Service


This is an introductory workshop on using eye-tracking technology in reading research.

The ideal participants should have a clear research interest, have seen or read about eye-tracking studies, and are thinking about applying the technology in their field.

The session will cover an introduction to eye-tracking research in reading and give a tutorial of how to carry out a reading eye-tracking study. The morning session will be lectures and group discussions and the afternoon session will be working with eye-trackers. Two eye-trackers will be available so that students can design 2 studies and carry them out in the afternoon. The purpose is to give students an opportunity think through how they would design and implement an eye-tracking study.

This is designed for graduate students and junior researchers with no prior experience in eye-tracking. Participants should have basic graduate-level training in experimental design and statistical analysis. There might be a couple of readings required prior to the session.

Participants are expected to bring a study idea and materials (passages to read, websites, images, etc.) for the group project. Researchers new to eye-tracking and have their own eye-trackers are welcome, although methods and software discussed may not be supported on their own systems.

This session is capped at 12 participants, and we expect that it will be over-subscribed. Please note that to pre-register for this session you must write a paragraph describing a research question that you would like to explore using eye-tracking. Dr. Feng will select the 12 participants from among those who have expressed interest, or pre-registered, after April 30.