AERA Minority Meta-Analysis Fellows, Call for Applications—Deadline: March 16
AERA Minority Meta-Analysis Fellows, Call for Applications—Deadline: March 16

February 2020

With support from the Spencer Foundation, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites applications from underrepresented minority researchers to become part of a cohort of minority scholars seeking to pursue meta-analyses in their education research. Selected fellows will participate in one of two courses offered by the professional development program at the 2020 AERA Annual Meeting. Joined by the editors of the Review of Educational Research and other meta-analytic experts, selected fellows will also meet as a cohort to discuss their research programs, appropriate methodologies, the potential for meta-analytic work, and publishing opportunities.

The first course, Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, will be offered on Thursday, April 16, 2020, and the second, Advanced Meta-Analysis, will be offered on Friday, April 17, 2020.

AERA aims to expand the number of underrepresented minority scholars with interests and expertise in undertaking meta-analysis as integral to their education research programs and to diversify the backgrounds of scholars serving as reviewers of manuscripts and research proposals.

Successful applicants will receive a course fee waiver and up to $700 to defray the cost of lodging (maximum 2 nights) and travel incurred as part of participating in the course and related activities at the Annual Meeting. Up to 10 awards will be given.


Applicants must be underrepresented minority scholars engaged in education research who are either advanced graduate students or early career scholars (up to 10 years from receipt of the doctoral degree).

To apply:

Applications must include the following materials:

  • A letter overviewing the applicant’s current research areas of interest;
  • A list of the quantitative and qualitative coursework or other specialized training completed as part of graduate study or other professional development; and,
  • A 1-page summary vita summarizing current and recent professional positions, educational background, representative publications, and any relevant research funding.

Applicants should indicate which of the two courses they are interested in attending. See descriptions below.

Applications must be submitted electronically to by 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Monday, March 16, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. In order for your application to be considered complete, all required materials must be received by the application deadline.

Successful applicants will be notified approximately one week after the application deadline.

Course Descriptions:

Applicants should indicate which course is aligned with their background and interests.

PDC04 Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis


  • Amy L. Dent, University of California – Irvine
  • Terri D. Pigott, Loyola University Chicago
  • Joshua R. Polanin, American Institutes for Research
  • Joseph Taylor, UCCS

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This one-day course will introduce the basics of systematic review and meta-analysis. Topics covered include developing a research question, searching the literature, evaluating and coding studies, conducting a meta-analysis, and interpreting results for various stakeholders. Participants are encouraged to bring an idea for a systematic review to the course, with time reserved for discussion about it with course instructors. Course activities will include lecture, hands-on exercises, small-group discussion, and individual consultation. The target audience includes those new to systematic review and meta-analysis as well as those currently conducting either type of project. Knowledge of basic descriptive statistics is assumed. Participants are required to bring a laptop computer.

PDC07 Advanced Meta-Analysis


  • Terri D. Pigott, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ryan Williams, American Institutes for Research
  • Ariel M. Aloe, University of Iowa
  • Tasha Beretvas, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Wim Van den Noortgate, KU Leuven

Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This one-day course will introduce advanced methods in meta-analysis. Topics covered include the computation of effect sizes from complex research designs, models for handling multiple effect sizes per study (dependent effect sizes) and exploring heterogeneity, power analysis in meta-analysis, the use of meta-analysis structural equation modeling (MASEM), and an introduction to single-case experimental design meta-analysis. The statistical package R will be used to conduct the statistical techniques discussed. Participants are encouraged to bring their own research in progress to the course. The activities will include lecture, hands-on exercises, and individual consultation. This course is designed to follow the course Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis, given by the instructors in prior AERA Professional Development training sessions and at the 2020 Annual Meeting (see AERA PDC04). The target audience consists of researchers with experience in systematic review and meta-analysis who are interested in learning advanced methods for meta-analysis. Knowledge of basic descriptive statistics, systematic review, and basic meta-analysis is assumed. Students are required to bring a laptop computer.

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