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2024 AERA Adolescence & Youth Development SIG Scholars Retreat

The AYD SIG Scholar Retreat is designed to provide professional and personal guidance to historically underrepresented doctoral students who demonstrate exceptional potential for leadership in adolescent and youth development research.

The AYD SIG Scholar Retreat is a two-day mentorship program that takes place at the AERA Annual Meeting. Each year, a new cohort of scholars is selected through an application process to participate in a gathering at the annual meeting of current and alumnus scholars and faculty of the AYD SIG, AERA, and the professional community devoted to adolescent study. AYD SIG scholars share a desire to engage in intellectually stimulating conversations about the publishing process, sharpening and focusing a research agenda, developing research questions, navigating the job search at the end of graduate school, balancing work and life, as well as achieving tenure.  We are particularly interested in applicants seeking to bridge research and practice for equity and social justice-related outcomes for adolescents.  

The retreat will consist of workshop sessions and also require participation in the AYD SIG business meeting and other community-building activities. Ideal candidates have scholarly, professional, and personal experiences with people from diverse backgrounds and can reflect on the significance of these experiences to the candidate's research or emerging identities. Candidates’ career history should clearly indicate an interest in adolescent and youth development research topics and an ability to engage in community-based partnerships with child and youth-serving organizations.  Members of underrepresented racial minority groups and those who were previously first-generation undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, doctoral students should submit the following materials to the AYD SIG chair, Dr. Andrea Dawn Frazier ( by 11:59PM Eastern Time on Friday, March 1, 2024, using “AYD SIG Scholars Retreat Application” as the subject line:

  1. Cover Letter describing the goals/aims of your research agenda.  Explain how you might benefit from an opportunity to engage in reflective conversations connecting and extending knowledge from your academic field to issues of diversity, social justice and/or socialization into the professorial ranks. 
  1. CV that includes the following: Name & address; position and affiliation; phone; email; educational background; and teaching, research and service experiences.

Participants will be selected based on the strength of the cover letter and academic record. There will be a limited number of participants. Selected participants will receive reimbursement for annual meeting registration dues and a poster tube.

Participants need not be members of the Adolescence & Youth Development SIG but must register for the annual meeting and attend all retreat activities.