Information and Announcements

APA Division 15 Dissertation Award

Division 15 invites graduate students who are members or affiliates of the division to apply for a Dissertation Research AwardThis year’s deadline has been extended to July 1, 2018.

The purpose of this award is to provide financial support for educational psychology doctoral students preparing to collect their dissertation data. Two awards will be provided, each including a $1,000 stipend to be applied toward the student’s dissertation research. Announcement of award winners will be made during the annual APA convention.

A formal call is attached; additional information may be found at the Division 15 website, here. We encourage all receiving this email to consider students and colleagues who may be a good fit for the listed criteria.

Please contact Co-Chairs April Taylor ( and David ( with questions.


Student Progress Reviews

Over the next two weeks, students will be receiving emails concerning faculty reviews of their progress in the program.  These reviews are meant to help students focus their efforts as they progress through their degree milestones. Please be on the look out for your review and please be sure to contact your advisor to follow up about next steps.


Doctoral Fellowship

Here are some details for a summer fellowship.  Further info and application documents can be found here.

Who: Any student enrolled in a doctoral program in economics, psychology, sociology, child development, child welfare, family relations, criminal justice, education, public policy, or related fields who has had a dissertation proposal or prospectus approved by his or her academic department.

Why: To pursue independent dissertation research on a policy issue related to low-income individuals, families, and communities while sharing in the intellectual life of MDRC.

Compensation: The fellowship includes a stipend of up to $5,000, which is disbursed in three installments following the fellowship start date.

Deadline: All application materials should be submitted by Monday, May 14, 2018.

Participatory and Inclusive Designs Event

This Friday we’ll be discussing participatory and inclusive design processes with Ralph Vacca over lunch. Join us in room 3-08 at Fordham’s Law School, located at 150 West 62nd St., New York, NY 10023. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. with discussion to follow.

A little info about Ralph Vacca:

Ralph Vacca’s teaching and research focuses on participatory design and culture. His current work focuses on how participatory design processes can empower marginalized groups and restructure ideas about the importance of diversity and cultural inclusivity in design. He employs a mixed-methods, critical-empirical approach that combines the theories and methodologies of media studies, cultural studies, and human-computer interaction.

Click here to RSVP.

Required Research Celebration for CLAIR & LLL

This annual event celebrates the progress that doctoral students in CLAIR, LLL, PES, and ELAP have made in their research in the 2017-2018 academic year.  All GSE students are invited to present their research – LLL and CLAIR are required to present!

Wed., May 9, 2018 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm (two sessions) in the Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge

Students must register in advance using this link:

  • Students can present their research (dissertation, research apprenticeship project, capstone project) at any stage of progress.
  • This event takes place in two one-hour blocks. All students are expected to attend for the entire two hours. One block you will present, and one block you will rotate to learn about your colleagues’ work. You will be assigned a time to present (use the Google Form to tell us about any time constraints that you have).
  • You are expected to have a visual product. That can be a posterboard, a computer with a Powerpoint, a poster that is professionally made at Kinkos / Staples, etc. The choice is yours and you are not required to spend $ on your visual. There are exemplary visuals on the halls of the 10th and 11th
  • This is a time to get feedback, identify additional resources, problem solve, and share your accomplishments with the GSE research community (doctoral students and faculty!)
  • Email with any questions.


Advanced Seminar Information

CLAIR students should not register for Advanced Seminar this summer as we have moved to a three semester enrollment that starts in a Fall and ends in the successive Fall semester with no intervening Summer semester.  This scheme will now allow students more time to complete their capstone as it allows for work over the summer.

Any questions should be directed to Fran or Molly.

Welcome back!

Molly and I welcome you back to school and trust that your new years started well! We have much to be thankful for as we begin our Spring semester including new graduates to be: Susan Chambre, Alexandra Garino, Staci Tedrow, and Lauren Zucker! Last semester, many of you also successfully defended your capstones and this year we look forward to admitting an incoming class for Fall, 2018.
Here’s to a new semester and to all members of the CLAIR community! Molly and I look forward to hearing from you and will get back to you shortly about new and exciting developments in our program as we complete 6th academic year!
Molly and Fran