AERA Announces Recipients of 2015-2016 Minority Dissertation Program
AERA Announces Recipients of 2015-2016 Minority Dissertation Program
August 2015

AERA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015–2016 Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research and Travel Awards. The fellowship program, targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education, offers doctoral fellowships to exceptional minority graduate students and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies. The fellowship aims to support exemplary minority graduate students in hopes of enhancing the diversity of faculty at major research universities.

AERA awards each fellow up to a $19,000 stipend to study education, teaching, learning, or another education research topic. The program provides the fellows, and the travel awardees, $1,000 each for travel expenses to attend the 2016 AERA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where they will present their research in an invited dissertation poster session, along with awardees from other prestigious fellowship programs. Members of the AERA Minority Fellowship Selection Committee will meet with the new awardees at a mentoring and career development workshop held during the Annual Meeting.

The new fellows are in the final stages of their dissertation research across a broad range of topics, including examining predictors of Head Start enrollment across racial and ethnic groups, investigating gender and racial minority representation in science and math fields, and exploring the effectiveness of statewide transfer associate degree policies.

The fellows represent several fields and disciplines in education research, including economics, human development and education, and sociology.

The application deadline for the 2016–2017 competition is November 2, 2015. For further details about the program, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, visit the AERA Funding Opportunities webpage.

If you have questions about the AERA fellowship and grant programs, contact George L. Wimberly, AERA Director of Professional Development, at

2015–2016 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellows in Education and Travel Awardees

Award Recipient

Doctoral Institution

Dissertation Title

Lydia Bentley

Vanderbilt University

Black Students’ Postsecondary Academic and Career Choices: Towards an Integrative Framework for Analyzing Influences on Their Decision-Making Process

Janine de Novais

Harvard University

The Higher Learning of Race: Classroom Experiences and the Racial Imaginary

Leslie Duhaylongsod

Harvard University

Toward Effective Citizenry: Understanding and Teaching Argumentation in the Social Studies Classroom

Denisa Gandara

University of Georgia

A Seat at the Table: How Performance Funding Policies for Higher Education Are Designed

Adrian Huerta

University of California, Los Angeles

“College Gets You More Respect”: Examining Gang Knowledge Versus College Knowledge for Latino Male High School Students

Zoelene Hill

Duke University

Bridges and Barriers to Head Start: Predictors of Head Start Enrollment Across Racial and Ethnic Groups

Archana Prakash

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Negotiating Modernity: Education and Translation in 19th-Century Egypt

Ying Shi

Duke University

Stemming the Gap: Increasing Female and Minority Representation in Science and Math Fields

George Spencer

Harvard University

Improving Postsecondary Pathways: The Impact of Statewide Transfer Associate Degree Policies

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