The Doctoral Research Symposium is an annual UNF event presented by the department of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management. Each year, presenters address a wide range of topics across education seeking to share their passion for pressing educational issues and develop their research further through dynamic participation with an informed audience. The symposium is a powerful tool for graduate students, helping them develop their own understanding of research, education, publication, and dissertation development. In this way, the UNF Doctoral Research Symposium is a significant opportunity for students hoping to participate in the broad, and often daunting, world of research. Highlighted each year by a keynote address given by an eminent educator, the symposium acts as a powerful tool bridging the gap between students and professors. As the symposium continues to grow, it will play an increasing role in student preparedness, research development, and community enlightenment.