Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award
Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award
Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award

2024 Award Recipient 

Tamara Clegg
University of Maryland

The recipient of the 2023 Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award is Dr. Tamara Clegg, for her outstanding success with providing STEM learning opportunities to youth, families and communities, and more recently college athletes. Her research is centered around multifaceted research-practice partnerships that facilitate community-based STEM learning in minoritized, resource-constrained communities. Taking an asset-based community development perspective, Dr. Clegg’s work focuses on the assets these communities bring to bear in STEM engagement through everyday activities, experiences, and cultural practices. She has published her research findings in the American Educational Research Journal, Science Education, the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Big Data & Society, and Learning, Media, and Technology.

The Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award is presented to an education research scholar or scholars in recognition of collaborative project(s) between researchers and practitioners that have had sustained and observable effects on contexts of practice.

Research conducted in settings in which collaboration between researchers and practitioners is integral to addressing challenging issues, constructing research-based innovations, or undertaking research‐based evaluations that have an impact beyond a single program or site are eligible for consideration. 

For purposes of this award, practice settings are understood to span the spectrum of educational contexts and levels of education, including informal environments, in which learning occurs. This award excludes work designed to influence the larger public or policy makers, or to have an indirect influence on education settings or practice though publications or research. 

The award will be presented annually, but may represent work conducted within a five-year time frame preceding the year in which the award is conferred. 

Past Recipients

2023 - Christopher Emdin
2022 - Robin Starr Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn
2021 - Okhee Lee
2020 - 
Maria Coady
2019 - Cristina Santamaría Graff
2018 - Angela Calabrese Barton
2017 - 
Ann M. Ishimaru
2016 - Robert Cooper III

Before 2016, this award was recognized as the Relating Research to Practice Award. 


Call for Award Nominations

AERA is now accepting nominations for the 2025 AERA Awards. The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 9, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.