AERA Announces Dissertation and Research Grant Awardees
AERA Announces Dissertation and Research Grant Awardees

February 2022

AERA has announced 15 recipients of its Dissertation and Research Grant Awards. Their research encompasses relevant and innovative topics in education research that addresses or ultimately informs STEM, education policy, and equity and inclusion in education. The grant recipients are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool and through a rigorous proposal review process. These awards are supported by the longstanding AERA-NSF Grants Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. Proposals were received in October 2021 and reviewed by the program’s Governing Board in November.

These scholars are examining education research questions and issues using large-scale federal data sets or federally funded data sets such as from the American Community Survey (ACS), Common Core of Data (CCD), Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS), Private School Universe Survey (PSU), and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Many awardees analyze Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) such as the SLDS data from Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia in their research. These studies use rigorous quantitative methods and advanced statistical techniques to analyze these data.

The grants provide advanced graduate students with $27,500 for one year as they write up their dissertation research; early career scholars receive up to $35,000 for a maximum two-year study. In addition, scholars participate in professional development and training activities aimed at building their research capacity and encouraging the use of large-scale data in education research.

“For over three decades, the AERA-NSF Grants Program has continuously supported new studies in STEM education and education policy that use the latest research methods and data innovations” said Barbara Schneider (Michigan State University), chair of the program’s Governing Board. “These newly funded scholars are poised to develop salient research using large-scale data.”

Since 1990, the AERA-NSF Grants Program has supported over 600 graduate students and early career scholars as they launched their careers and developed their research agendas in STEM education research.

Current and former AERA-NSF Grants Program grantees will present their research in poster sessions during the 2022 AERA Annual Meeting in San Diego. For more information about the Grants Program, visit the AERA website. The next proposal deadline for Dissertation and Research Grant Awards will be Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

AERA Grants Dissertation Awardees
Recipient Project Title

Sean Darling-Hammond
UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy

Effects of Exposure to Restorative Practices

Kaylee Matheny  
Stanford University

Does Equalizing School Funding Lead to More Equal Outcomes? 

Hadiza Mohammed
The University of Texas at Austin

Texas High School Graduation Requirements: Tracking the Endorsements

Tara Nicola
Harvard University

Writing the Right Thing: Do Counselor Recommendation Letters Support Equity in the Selective College Admission Process?

Katherine Parham
Teachers College, Columbia University

Whose IDEA Is This? A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of the Federal Emphasis on Inclusive Education

Ye Shen
University of Delaware

Intrinsic Functional Connectivity: What Is the Relation Between a Heritage Language and the Neurobiological Correlates of Emergent English Reading?

Tucker Smith
Vanderbilt University

Can Environmental Policy Reduce the Black-White Achievement Gap? The Achievement and Sorting Effects of New Air Quality Standards

Daniel Sparks 
Teachers College, Columbia University

To Give or To Take: Effects of Reductions in Pell Lifetime Eligibility on Community College Transfer Student Success in STEM

Carrie Townley Flores          
Stanford University

Early Childhood Opportunity, PreK to Grade 3


AERA Grants Research Awardees
Recipient Project Title

Monnica Chan
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Social Benefits and College Affordability: Exploring the Role of SNAP Benefits in College Student Success

Xiaodan Hu
Northern Illinois University

A Head Start to College: Does Dual Enrollment Equalize Students' Academic and Labor Market Success in STEM?

Hyeon-Ah Kang
University of Texas at Austin

A Multivariate Latent Markov Model for Understanding Students' Interaction Patterns in Low-Stakes Computerized Assessments: An Application to PISA

Paul Polanco
University of Texas at Austin

Latinx & Bilingualism: Understanding the Relation Between Bilingualism and Academic and Career Success

Youmi Suk    
University of Virginia

A Within-Group Approach to Random Forests for Evaluating Educational Programs in Multilevel Studies

Sara Witmer    
Michigan State University

Exploring the Role of Meaningful Accessibility Tool Use for Addressing Math Test Score Validity Concerns