AERA Travel Scholarships

Division K will award ten $300 travel scholarships to early career scholars and advanced doctoral students in financial need who will be presenting a paper at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX in April.

Applicants must be members of Division K.

Requests should include the following information:

  1. Name, title, and institutional affiliation.
  2. Contact information, including mailing address, phone and email address.
  3. An abbreviated CV (no more than 3 pages).
  4. Copy of AERA acceptance note for paper proposal.
  5. Title of your paper presentation and a short abstract of your paper.
  6. A brief description of your need for travel assistance.

Send materials as ONE PDF document to :Dr. Gholnecsar Muhammad, Division K Affirmative Action Chair.

Deadline for submission: March 3 at 5:00PM EST.  Notifications will be made by March 15.


Spotlight: Veronica Szczygiel

CLAIR student Veronica Szczygiel was recently honored as a Centennial Scholar.  Within the Graduate School of Education, five doctoral students were chosen who embody Fordham’s motto Sapientia et Doctrina (Wisdom and Learning). The scholars were chosen based on their contributions to the community and their individual academic research and coursework.  

Veronica’s research focuses on how an individual’s value of school aligns with achievement. You can catch her full interview in the Inside Grad Ed publication celebrating 100 years of Fordham’s Graduate School of Education.

Congratulations Veronica!!


CLAIR Spotlight: Douglas DiStefano

CLAIR doctoral candidate Douglas Distefano has been awarded entry into the Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at Columbia Business school. This highly competitive program provides a no-cost opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurial teams to go from concept to launch.

Doug’s project seeks to “hack” racism, or systematically change how “race” is taught, learned and discussed in academic and educational settings through a “bottom up” approach and a “top down” approach.

Congratulations to Douglas!

More information on the program can be found here.

CLAIR Spotlight: Lauren Zucker

Lauren Zucker was elected by fellow graduate students to serve for a two-year term (2017−2019) as the Membership Director on the Leadership Team for the Graduate Strand (CEE-GS) of the Conference on English Education, a subdivision of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

CEE-GS organizes social events and sessions of interest to graduate students at national conferences, publishes a bi-annual newsletter, and manages Facebook and Connected Community groups to connect graduate students from around the country.

For anyone interested in joining CEE-GS, contact Lauren.

In case you missed it…GSE Newsletter

Here are a few highlights from the GSE newsletter that may specifically interest or pertain to CLAIR students.

Important October Dates:

Monday, October 24th, 2016: GSE Sapientia et Doctrina Lecture by Richard Rothstein, Lowenstein 12th Fl. Lounge, 5:30pm- 8:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 26th, 2016: Brown Bag – Toward a Deeper Understanding of Female Leadership: A Multinational Study of Women in Educational Leadership, Lowenstein 12th Fl. Lounge 12pm—1:30pm

Valerie A. Rowe Scholarship Reception, President’s Dining Room, 4pm—5pm

Monday, Oct 31st, 2016: Online Registration for Spring 2017 begins.

Fall 2016 Doctoral Candidates

Dissertation Deadlines

  • Friday, October 7 – deadline to submit dissertation to division chair.
  • Tuesday, October 18 – deadline for oral defense of the dissertation.
  • Tuesday, November 22 – deadline for approved dissertation format review
  • Mon., Jan. 9, 2017 – deadline for completing SED survey (only Ph.D. candidates) and for successfully uploading the dissertation to ProQuest.

Resources and more information:

The GSE Academic Calendar

The GSE Doctoral Procedures Website

APA Workshop

  • October 15 Sat., at 9-11am (Lowenstein 1022)     
  • Nov 9 Wed., at 7-9 pm (Lowenstein 1022)

Workshops are FREE to all GSE doctoral students. Will be hosted by Dr. Katherine Landy, an APA format reviewer. Questions should be directed to Dr. Molly Ness.

Register HERE.

IRB Workshop Series

The Office of the Institutional Review Board will host a Fall workshop series for ALL

When: Monday, October 31, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Center Campus, Law School Building Room 8-01

Advanced Topics – This vs. That workshop entails a participatory session to discuss various topics that are often confusing for researchers such as Anonymity vs. Confidentiality, Consent Vs. Assent, and Minimal Risk vs. More than Minimal Risk illustrated through case studies.

Any questions contact the IRB Manager, Michele Kuchera

To register and for more info click here.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Funding

2017-2018 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research is available for graduate students.

This program provides mentoring and funding support to develop research skills and conduct studies in education related fields and topics.

Deadline: Tues., November 1, 2016

For more info, to submit proposals, and for the online application click HERE.

Join AERA as a 2017 Doctoral Student Cohort Program and receive complimentary membership from now through December 31, 2017. The benefits of membership include: complimentary subscriptions to Educational Researcher and one additional AERA journal of choice, valuable networking opportunities through SIGs, Divisions, and the AERA Graduate Student community.

For more info click HERE.


*Compiled by Breya Tatum Carrasquillo

AERA 2017-18 Minority Dissertation Fellowship

If you are in the dissertation stage of your program, the American Educational Research Association is conducting the Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research competition for graduate students.  Students will receive mentoring and funding while composing their dissertation.
Register for Live Informational Webinar: Thursday, September 22, 2016 (3:00pm – 4:00pm EST)

All program details available here. The application deadline is November 1, 2016.

Contact: or 202-238-3200 if you have any questions or concerns.

New Fellowship and Mentorship Opportunities

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools is offering a new Postdoctoral Fellowship to study inequality in New York City education. The two selected fellows will collaborate with Research Alliance senior leadership to conduct research and related activities in one of two areas: 1) examining the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to educational inequities in NYC, and 2) representing the full educational landscape of NYC by incorporating charter school information into our pre-k through college database. For more information on the fellowship requirements, responsibilities, application process, and compensation, please visit this Postdoctoral Fellowship page.

Are you interested in studying giftedness, creativity, and talent? Do you want to meet others who are involved in the field? If you are attending the 2016 AERA annual meeting, you are invited to apply to participate in the seventh annual ROGCT Gifted Connection, a mentorship opportunity that will take place during the 2016 AERA annual meeting. For details about the program, links to apply, and eligibility, review this flyer.  Applications are due March 4, 2016.

Applications for Financial Aid and Assistantships Due Feb 1

students who want to apply for financial aid for the next academic year 2016-2017, MUST complete applications via the portal page under the GSE “Student Tab” by February 1.  

The GSE Financial Aid links can be found under “My Accounts.  

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For students who are pre-dissertation:

If you plan to attend full-time (9 credits per semester), you can apply for a GSE Assistantship.  Each assistantship is 100 hours.  Traditionally, these 100 hours are completed by working with a faculty member or in one of the offices at GSE.  Next year, there may be GA positions for 100 hour research projects that do not require office work time during the day.  If you are taking 9 credits per semester but have not accepted a GA position in the past because of your work schedule, you might want to consider applying because of these new opportunities.  GAs will be matched with faculty projects later this spring.

Students who are completing coursework (pre-dissertation) and qualify for financial aid may be eligible for a 25% scholarship on tuition in the fall and spring semesters.  You must complete a FAFSA by Monday, February 1.  GPA requirement for scholarships is 3.75.