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2016 AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

ITP alum Noelle Crooks (Psychology '14) is highlighted for her inspirational teaching in PearsonEd online journal. Student Vanessa Montoya says of Cooks, “That class is what really got my passion for psychology going. It was how my professor taught the course and let us ask questions, basically getting us involved with the class. We learned about the whole lifespan of a human being as well as what developmental psychology is all about.”

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ITP alum Chris Hulleman (psychology '07) will speak at the commencement ceremony of Central College in Pella, Iowa on May 14, 2016. Hulleman graduated from Central College in 1993 and is now a research associate professor at the University of Virginia.

At the 2016 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Washington, DC, ITP fellow in psychology Stacy Priniski received the Paul Pintrich award for the best paper given by a student in the Motivation Student Interest Group. She received a plaque and gave a brief talk, in addition to her paper presentation.



Stacy Priniski with award for best student paper
in the 2016 AERA Motivation Student Interest Group

Katie Broton (sociology) won a dissertation research award for 2016-17 from the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty. The award provides 12 months of support for her research on “The Evolution of Poverty in Higher Education: Material Hardship, Academic Success, and Policy Perspectives,” supervised by ITP faculty Sara Goldrick-Rab.

2016 PLACEMENTS

Ryne Marksteiner (economics '16) has accepted a position as economist for the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, in Washington, DC.

Starting in fall 2016, ITP fellow Libbie Brey (psychology '16) will be an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii, and Elizabeth Canning (psychology) will be a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University.

Pooja Sidney (psychology) will graduate in August 2016, and has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in mathematical cognition. She will be working with Dr. Clarissa Thompson in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University.

Jason Engle (political science '16) was a consultant for three years (2013-2016) at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Office of Educational Accountability. In 2016, Jason accepted the position of Dean of Organizational Learning, a quantitative research/ evaluation administration position at Columbia Basin College, a community college in Pasco, Washington.

Hannah Miller (sociology '16) has accepted a position as a senior researcher at Abt Associates in Cambridge, MA.

Rachel Fish (sociology '15) has accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University. Her dissertation on "Racial Disproportionality in Special Education" examines institutional contexts and mechanisms that produce racial disproportionality in special education and gifted/talented services. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame.

Annie Riggs (psychology '16) has accepted a position as assistant professor of psychology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Her dissertation examines the impact of scope inferences on children’s learning in formal and informal learning contexts.

David Rangel (sociology '16) has accepted a position as assistant professor in Brown University's Department of Education. His dissertation explores how to build social capital in predominantly low-income Latino school communities.

2015 AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Jared Knowles (political science '15) was selected as the second place winner ($2000) of the 2015 Gladfelter Award given out by the La Follette School of Public Affairs. In addition, Jared is the PI on a new $5.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant that will fund the largest research collaboration to date between Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction and UW-Madison's Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Over the next four years, researchers will analyze data from all state public schools in order to identify proven practices teachers can use to narrow gaps in student opportunity and achievement levels across all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and family income levels.

Chris Hulleman (psychology '07), associate professor at the University of Virginia, helped launch a national researcher-practitioner partnership network, coordinated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, that focuses on translating the latest knowledge about the social psychology of student motivation into teaching practices.

Arnold Shober (political science '06), an associate professor of government, received Lawrence University's Award for Excellence in Scholarship on June 14 at the university's 166th commencement exercises.

Arnold Shober Profile Picture
Dr. Arnold Shober, Lawrence University

The award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained scholarly excellence for a number of years and whose work exemplifies the ideals of the teacher-scholar. Arnold joined the Lawrence faculty in 2006. His scholarship focuses on public policy, particularly higher education and K-12 education, as well as local and state government and American political development. Arnold has authored two books on education policy-- Splintered Accountability: State Governance and Education Reform (2010) and The Democratic Dilemma of American Education: Out of Many, One? (2012)--and is currently completing a third that examines the policies and politics surrounding Common Core. Lawrence Provost and Dean of Students David Burrows credited Shober with the ability "to engage in extensive, careful scholarship at an impressive rate that shows every sign of continuing for many decades."

A poster by sociology fellow Jessa Valentine (pictured below) and ITP faculty Eric Grodsky won an award at the Population Association of America 2015 annual meeting, Session P8: Economy, Labor Force, Education, and Inequality/Gender, Race and Ethnicity. Titled "All or Nothing: Economic Returns to College Credits and Degrees," the research addresses the labor market payoff to postsecondary credits and degrees in an era of increasing postsecondary enrollments, rising attendance costs, and low degree completion rates.


Jessa Valentine at the 2015 PAA conference

David Rangel (sociology) has won a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to support his dissertation research in 2015-16. The awards are made to individuals who “in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”

Elizabeth Canning (psychology) is one of only 20 selected applicants to participate in the 2015 AERA Division C Graduate Seminar April 15-16, to be held in Chicago prior to the AERA conference. She also received the AERA Motivation SIG Graduate Student Travel Award.

Katie Broton, a doctoral candidate in sociology, and Meghan Condon (political science '12) were named Emerging Education Policy Scholars for 2014-15 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. With this distinction they join ITP political science alums Deven Carlson ('12), Lesley Lavery ('11), and Sara Dahill-Brown ('12).

Jessa Valentine (sociology) received $5000 from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 1997 Postsecondary Research Network, to conduct dissertation research using student transcript data. She is exploring racial and ethnic variation in sub-baccalaureate attainment and subsequent economic returns, focusing in particular on Hispanic students given their large representation in two-year colleges. As part of the award process, Jessa will present her research at the Network's January 2016 meeting in Austin, TX.

2015 PLACEMENTS

After two years as an IES postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Jill Bowdon (sociology '13) has accepted a researcher position at the American Institutes for Research. She will be working in Chicago with the Regional Education Lab Midwest on several projects, including an RCT evaluating an Early Warning System for Dropout Prevention.

Meghan Condon (political science '12) has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor at DePaul University's School of Public Service. From 2012-2015 she was a visiting assistant professor of urban affairs and public policy at Loyola University Chicago.

Chris Rozek (psychology '14) accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he will work with Sian Beilock in the Human Performance Lab.

Rachel Fish (sociology '15) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Notre Dame starting in fall 2015.


ITP fellows Rachel Fish and Jeremy Fiel at graduation with their advisor, former ITP director Adam Gamoran.
May 15, 2015


Jared Knowles (political science '15) graduated in May and currently works as a policy research advisor at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Lauren Schudde (sociology '13) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin, starting fall 2015.

Amanda Gaulke (economics '15) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in economics at Kansas State University, starting fall 2015.

Jeremy Fiel (sociology '15) has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in sociology at the University of Arizona, beginning in fall 2015.

Drew Anderson (economics '15) will start a UW-Madison postdoctoral research fellowship with the Wisconsin Hope Lab, under the direction of Sara Goldrick-Rab. The fellowship is co-sponsored by the UW Center for Financial Security.

2014 PLACEMENTS

Chris Rozek (psychology '14) is a UW-Madison postdoctoral research fellow. He works with Geoffrey Borman on the Madison Writing and Achievement Project (MWAP), an efficacy trial designed to reduce stereotype threat vulnerability and close academic performance gaps.

Noelle Crooks (psychology '14) has accepted a position as assistant professor in the social and behavioral sciences program at Broward College in Florida.

Jeffrey Grigg (sociology '14) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Starting August 1, he'll be working for the NSF-funded project STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES), a Partnership between core partners Johns Hopkins and Baltimore City Public Schools.

Megan Shoji, Jeffrey Grigg, and Paul Hanselman at graduation, May 2014

 

Alyn Turner McCarty (sociology '14) will be joining the UW-Madison Center for Women's Health and Health Disparities Research as a postdoctoral fellow starting in fall 2014. Her dissertation looks at the role of parent social resources in high poverty schools and the promise of family engagement programs for reducing income-related inequality in children's mental health and academic skills.

Megan Shoji (sociology '14) accepted a Researcher position with Mathematica Policy Research in their Cambridge, MA office. She will work in the Human Services Research division, studying policy issues in areas such as education and family support.

Paul Hanselman (sociology '14) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the UC-Irvine School of Education. He will be working with the Irvine Network on Interventions in Development, an interdiscipliary NIH-funded working group, focusing on investigating heterogeneity and distributional impacts of interventions in school and early childhood, under the direction of Greg Duncan, Marianne Bitler, George Farkas, and others.

Hilary Shager (social welfare '12) became Associate Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the UW-Madison in March 2014. She formerly was a research analyst at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, where she designed and conducted evaluations of the state’s early care and education, child welfare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and child support programs.

 

2014 AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

ITP fellow David Rangel and former fellows Alyn McCarty ('14) and Megan Shoji ('14) were among five finalists in a national competition for "the most outstanding contribution to research on education equity by an up-and-coming scholar." Megan Shoji took home the prize! Pictured are our three finalists along with ITP fellow Mai Youa Miksic, equity research fellow at the CUNY Institute for Education Policy, which sponsored the event, and former ITP director Adam Gamoran who now lives in New York City where the event took place.

Former ITP Director Adam Gamoran with fellows David Rangel, Megan Shoji, Aly McCarty, and Mai Miksic at the Yale Club, Oct. 23, New York City More photos

ITP graduate Meghan Condon (political science '12) was awarded a National Science Foundation: Time-Sharing Experiments for the Social Sciences (TESS) research grant for her project "Prosocial Motivation, Social Position, and Support for Social Welfare Policy."

Rachel Fish (sociology) received a Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, and a University of Wisconsin-Madison Educational Innovation Mini-Grant. She also received an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.

Congratulations to Michelle Robinson (sociology), who was selected as one of eight UW-Madison Outstanding Women of Color in Education. A campus-wide reception was held October 1, 2014 in the Pyle Center to honor awardees for their academic achievement and/or contributions to the life of the university and beyond, in one or more of the following areas: Social justice, activism and advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged, marginalized populations; community service; Scholarly research, writing, speaking and/or teaching on race, ethnicity and indigeneity in US society; and Community building on or off campus to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all.

Katie Broton (sociology) was invited to join the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together many of American's leading scholars to address pressing public challenges at the national, state, and local levels. Katie's research profile and policy briefs can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Jeremy Fiel (sociology) and Rachel Fish (sociology), both of whom won National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowships for the 2014-15 academic year. Since only 30 awards were made from a pool of over 400 applicants, this award is a strong expression of the organizations' confidence in their potential contribution to the history, theory, or practice of education.

Amanda Gaulke (economics) was selected as a 2014-15 UW Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellow. She will receive a year of support to complete her dissertation research on higher education access and persistence.

Mai Miksic (social welfare) was awarded an Equity Research Fellowship for 2014-15 with the CUNY Institute for Education Policy. She will be conducting research for her dissertation on "Parent Involvement in Head Start and the Mediating Role of Social Capital."

In March, the American Educational Research Association's Sociology of Education Special Interest Group awarded Jeremy Fiel (sociology) the Maureen T. Hallinan Graduate Student Paper Award. In April, Jeremy received an honorable mention for the David Stevenson graduate student award given by the American Sociological Association's section on the sociology of eduction, for his paper "Closing Ranks: Closure, Status Competition, and School Segregation." And in June, the American Sociological Association methodology section selected Jeremey's paper "Decomposing School Resegation: Social Closure, Racial Imbalance, and Racial Isolation" as the Clifford Clogg Best Graduate Student Paper.

In January, Noelle Crooks (psychology) was chosen as a Writing-Across-the-Curriculum TA Fellow, based on her outstanding performance as a Communication-B instructor in psychology. The recognition carries a $500 award.

Chris Rozek (psychology) was second author on a publication that won the Cialdini Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. This award is designated "for the publication that best explicates social psychological phenomena principally through the use of field research methods and settings and that thereby demonstrates the relevance of the discipline to communities outside of academic social psychology.” Harackiewicz, Rozek, Hulleman, & Hyde (2012). Helping parents to motivate adolescents in mathematics and science: An experimental test of a utility-value intervention. Psychological Science 23(8) 899-906.

ITP graduate Sarah Bruch (sociology '12), currently an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, has been named a distinguished visiting fellow for 2014-15 at the City University of New York's Advanced Research Collaborative. In August 2013, Bruch received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to support her research (with Joe Soss): "Integrating Racial Relations in Understandings of the Politics of Inequality."

Two ITP graduates were named Emerging Education Policy Scholars for 2013-14 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute: Lesley Lavery ('11), assistant professor of political science, Macalaster College; and Sara Dahill-Brown ('12), assistant professor of political science, Wake Forest University. They join ITP graduate Deven Carlson ('12), assistant professor of political science, University of Oklahoma, who was honored in 2012-13.

Two ITP faculty earned American Educational Research Association awards for excellence in education research. Sara Goldrick-Rab (EPS & sociology) is one of two winners of the "Early Career Award." Outgoing ITP and WCER director Adam Gamoran (sociology), now president of the William T. Grant Foundation, is one of three winners of AERA's Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award. This honor, according to the news release, is the “premier acknowledgment of outstanding achievement and success in education research. It is designed to publicize, motivate, encourage and suggest models for education research at its best.”

Adam Gamoran was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014.

ITP international affiliate Seong Won Han (sociology '13), currently an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo, was awarded a Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). This fellowship program aims to support quantitative research to provide evidence-based analysis relating to improvements in education quality and equity. Seong Won will have an opportunity to work with OECD staff in Paris headquarters, and conduct research on “Teacher Pay, Working Conditions and Students’ Career Expectations for the Teaching Profession: Evidence from PISA 2000 and 2006”.

 

2013 PLACEMENTS

In June, Jason Engle (political science) began working as an education consultant for School Accountability & Data Systems in the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Jill Bowdon (sociology '13) has accepted a 2-year postdoc with the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education. She will be working with Dr. Laura Desimone and Dean Andy Porter on on education policy research using both large scale randomized trials and observational data. The postdoc is funded through IES.

Steven Alvarado (sociology '11) accepted a tenure-track faculty position in sociology at Cornell University. Steven will begin in fall 2013.

Anna Haskins (sociology '13) accepted a tenure-track faculty position in sociology at Cornell University starting in fall 2014, after she completes a post-doc year at Columbia University working with Irv Garfinkel in the School of Social Work. Anna was also awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research postdoctoral fellowship (declined) as well as a Michigan Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowship (declined).

In July, Lauren Schudde (sociology '13) will start a two-year position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, an IES-funded center at Teachers College of Columbia University. She will be conducting research to better understand the earnings and benefits associated with various postsecondary pathways.

In fall 2013, ITP international affilate Cher (Hsueh-Hsiang) Li (economics) will start as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Colorado State University.

Also this fall 2013, international affiliate Seong Won Han (sociology '13) will begin a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership Policy and Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology at University of Buffalo, The State University of New York.

In January 2013, James Benson (sociology '10) joined the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) National Center for Education Research as a Program Officer in the Policy and Systems Division. James previously worked at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research as a post-doctoral researcher.

2013 AWARDS

Michelle Robinson (sociology) was elected to a 1-year term as student representative to the American Sociological Association Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Her duties will include reviewing books and articles for awards, assisting the publications committee, and serving as the voice of graduate students on the council. The section has over 800 members, and is one of the largest in the ASA.

Lauren Schudde's (sociology '13) dissertation "Heterogeneous Treatment Effects in Higher Education: Exploring Variation in the Effects of College Experiences on Student Success" recently received the Albert Shanker Institute's Dissertation Prize. A chapter of the dissertation, "A New Look at the Experiential Core of College Life: Unveiling Sources of Persistent Inequality in American Higher Education" was selected for the Society for the Study of Social Problem's (Educational Problems division) Graduate Student Paper Award and received honorable mention for the Maureen T. Hallinan Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association's Sociology of Education Special Interest Group.

Meghan Condon (political science '12) was selected as co-winner of the APSA experimental research section best dissertation prize for her dissertation "Practice Makes Participants: How Communication Skills Acquired in School Affect Political Engagement." Her award will be recognized at the section business meeting at the 2013 APSA convention.

Elizabeth Canning (psychology) received an NSF GROW (Graduate Research Opportunity Worldwide) travel award and will spend summer 2013 at the University of Bergen in Norway working with Dr. Rolf Reber.

Paul Hanselman (sociology) was awarded a $750 travel grant from the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility to attend the RC28 meeting at the University of Queensland (Australia), July 16-19, 2013. The committee wrote that they were very impressed with his paper “School Context Differences in Effects of Self-Affirmation Activities on Race/Ethnic Achievement Gaps.”

Megan Shoji (sociology) received a $10,000 summer 2013 fellowship from Mathematica Policy Research in Oakland, CA. Shoji will pursue research on her dissertation "Nice to Meet You? Exploring the Development of Supportive Parent-School Relationships in Low-Income Latino Communities."

Alyn Turner McCarty received an Institute for Research on Poverty Graduate research award for 2013-14, as well as an American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grant.

Congratulations to ITP alum Sarah Bruch (sociology '12), a co-winner of this year's Lumpkin Award for the best dissertation in the Wisconsin Sociology Department. Bruch's dissertation is titled "Discipline, School Community, and Racial Dynamics: Understanding How Authority Relations Affect Student Experiences of School and Citizenship Outcomes."

David Rangel (sociology) was selected to participate in the Carlos J. Vallejo Research Fellowship for Latinos/as in Education. The Vallejo Research Fellowship is designed for graduates students and newly minted doctoral degree holders (without a tenure track position) who are pursuing careers in the professoriate. During the 2013 AERA annual meeting in San Francisco, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in a day-long seminar with leading Latino/a scholars in the field of education.

David Rangel and Megan Shoji received an Honorable Mention for Best Graduate Student Paper at the August 2013 American Sociological Association, Section on Children and Youth. Their paper is titled "Unequal Childhoods? The Untold Story of Latino Childrearing as Cultural Capital."

2012 AWARDS

Alyn Turner McCarty received several awards for 2012-13: in addition to being a finalist for the NAEd Spencer Disseration Fellowship, she received UW-Madison Vilas conference presentation funding and a travel award from the International Sociological Association Research Committee 28 on Social Stratification. She also received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health & Society Scholars Program Population Health Dissertation Grant.

Elizabeth Canning (psychology) won a graduate student paper award at the Midwestern Psychological Association annual meeting in Chicago in May 2012.

ITP fellow Hilary Shager (social welfare '12) who now works at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, was one of the lead writers on Wisconsin's successful Race to the Top: Early Childhood grant. The award will enable the state to build a data tracking system for early childhood in Wisconsin, and to improve its rating system for childcare providers to better serve children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

ITP fellows Sarah Bruch (sociology '12) and Andrew Young (psychology) received Mentor Awards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School in recognition of excellence in mentoring fellow students .


Sarah Bruch and Andrew Young receive UW-Madison Mentor Awards

Lauren Schudde (sociology) was the recipient of three fellowship awards this spring: a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship; an AERA Dissertation Grant; and an Association for Institutional Research (AIR) fellowship. Lauren will use the Spencer Fellowship in 2012-13 to complete her dissertation "Disadvantaged and Disengaged? How Financial Constraints Impact College Experiences and Success for Low-Income Students."

Anna Haskins (sociology) was awarded a Ford Foundation dissertation fellowship to complete her research on "Mass Incarceration and the Black-White Achievement Gap: The Effects of Families, Schools and the Penal System on Racial Inequality in Educational Outcomes." She also received the 2012 ASA Section on the Sociology of Poplulation Student Paper Award for "Unintended Consequences of Mass Imprisonment: Effects of Paternal Incarceration on Child School Readiness."

Seong Won Han, ITP international affiliate in sociology, was awarded an AERA Dissertation Grant for 2012-2013 to complete her doctoral thesis "Cross-National Study of Students' STEM Career Aspirations: Evidence from PISA."

Katie Broton (sociology) was awarded an NSF fellowship to support her graduate study. She is the sixth ITP student to win this prestigious honor, following Alyn Turner, Steven Alvarado, Anna Haskins, Jeremy Fiel and Elizabeth Rempe.

Jill Bowdon
(sociology) was selected as a 2012-13 Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellow. She will receive a year of support to complete her dissertation research on “Non-Cognitive Skills and the Emergence of the Black-White Test Score Gap.” Jill also won a Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award. The $25,000 fellowship supports students whose dissertations further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.

2012 PLACEMENTS

Sarah Bruch (sociology '12) has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in Sociology at the University of Iowa, starting in fall 2012.

Deven Carlson (political science '12) accepted a tenure-track position starting next fall at the University of Oklahoma. He will join the Political Science faculty and will be a faculty affiliate of the Center for Applied Social Research. Deven was recently named an "Emerging Education Policy Scholar" by the Fordham Foundation and American Enterprise Institute. The program brings talented, promising scholars to connect with other scholars in their field and introduces them to key players in the education- policy arena.

Meghan Condon (political science '12) was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola University of Chicago, 2011-13.

Sara Dahill-Brown (political science '12) has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in Political Science at Wake Forest University, where she will teach public policy and research methods. She is completing her dissertation, "Racing to the Top? Centralizing School Governance to Increase Accountability and Improve Achievement."

In fall 2011, Jared Knowles (political science) began working as the Policy Research Advisor for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Lesley Lavery (political science '11) graduated in fall 2011 and has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in Political Science at Macalester University starting in fall 2012.

2011 PLACEMENTS & AWARDS

Megan Brown (psychology '11) accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Georgia State University in Language and Literacy. 

Anna Haskins (sociology) was elected as the graduate student representative to the Sociology of Education Section Council of the American Sociological Association.

JOBS--ITP fellow Hilary Shager (social welfare) began a new position this winter as an advanced research analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Shanta Hattikudur (psychology '11) has accepted a position in the College of Education at Temple University, starting in fall 2011. Steven Alvarado (sociology '11) accepted a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Notre Dame, also starting next fall. ITP international affiliate Hiren Nisar (economics) has accepted a position in the Washington, D.C. office of Abt Associates, a research consulting firm.

Deven Carlson (political science) was awarded an AERA dissertation grant for 2011-12 to complete his thesis “Out of the classroom and into the voting booth? Analyzing the effects of education on political participation.”

ITP international affiliate alum Fabian Pfeffer (sociology) was chosen to be a 2011-12 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. He's currently a Faculty Research Fellow/Faculty Associate at the University of Michigan.

Lauren Schudde (sociology) was selected as the 2011-12 Institute for Research on Poverty Dissertation Fellow. She will receive a year of support for dissertation research on “Affording Success: The Causal Impact of Financial Constraints on the College Experience,” supervised by ITP faculty sponsor, Sara Goldrick-Rab.

Two ITP fellows have been awarded NSF fellowships to support their graduate study. Jeremy Fiel (sociology) and Elizabeth Rempe (psychology) are the fourth and fifth ITP students to win this prestigious honor, following Alyn Turner, Steven Alvarado, and Anna Haskins.

A story in The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 6, 2011) describes research by ITP graduate Brian P. An (sociology '09), assistant professor of educational policy and leadership studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. An and UW-Madison doctoral student in sociology Kia Sorensen examined the impact of divorce and related family disruptions on students' college-going prospects. The full article can be found here.

2010 PLACEMENTS & AWARDS

Rachel Fish (sociology) received a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for the summer of 2010.

Sarah BruchSarah Bruch (sociology) was selected as the 2010 Beth B. Hess Memorial Scholarship recipient. The Hess Scholarship is awarded by the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. It carries a stipend of $3,500 to be used to support the pursuit of graduate studies.

Steven Alvarado (sociology) was awarded a Mathematica Policy Research 2010 Summer Fellowship to pursue independent research in Washington, D.C.

Understanding Education IndicatorsITP fellow (political science) Deven Carlson's book Understanding Education Indicators: A Practical Primer for Research and Policy (with co-author M. Planty) was published by Teachers College Press in August 2010.

ITP fellow in sociology David Rangel has been awarded a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship. The fellowship provides three years of support for doctoral study.

ITP international affiliate Fabian Pfeffer has accepted a faculty position at the University of Michigan. He will be a Faculty Research Fellow at the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research beginning in July 2010. Fabian will receive his Ph.D. in sociology in June 2010, with a thesis titled "Wealth and Opportunity in the United States and Germany."

Anna Haskins (ITP fellow in sociology) won the 2010 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association's Section on Sociology of Education. This award is presented to "a graduate student or junior faculty person ...whose research shows exceptional promise and will likely influence the field over the course of his/her career."

Hilary Shager, ITP fellow in social work, has been awarded an AERA Dissertation Grant to complete her thesis "The Role of Peer Effects in Early Education: Evidence from the 2003 Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES)."

Jason Engle, ITP fellow in political science, accepted an invitation to join the graduate student committee of Division D: Measurements and Research Methodology, of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). He will serve on the committee for two years, 2010-2012.

Likewise, Lauren Schudde, ITP fellow in sociology, has accepted an invitation to serve for two years as the graduate student representative of AERA's Divsion J: Postsecondary Education.

ITP fellow Brian An (sociology) has accepted a faculty position at the University of Iowa in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Brian received his Ph.D. in 2009, with a thesis titled "The Effect of Dual Enrollment on College Persistence and Attainment." He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of Notre Dame.

2009 PLACEMENTS & AWARDS

ITP fellow Josh Cowen (political science '08), an assistant professor since fall 2008 at University of Kentucky's Martin School of Public Policy, has received funding from the Spencer Foundation for a two-year project titled "Teaching Careers in Rural Schools." Josh is co-PI, along with colleagues Dr. Eugenia Tom (PI) and Dr. J.S. Butler (co-PI).

ITP international affiliate Fabian Pfeffer has won a dissertation fellowship from the Spencer Foundation. Only 20 fellows were selected from a pool of approximately 600 applicants. Fabian is the third international affiliate to win a Spencer fellowship, following Martín Santos, who graduated in 2009, and Carolina Milesi, who graduated in 2007.

ITP alum Chris Hulleman (psychology '07) has received APA's Division 15 (Educational Psychology) Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award.  The title of his dissertation is "The Role of Utility Value in the Development of Interest and Achievement."  Chris was a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt from 2007-9, and will start as an assistant professor at James Madison University in fall 2009.

Graduating fellow David Fleming (political science '09) has accepted a position as assistant professor at Furman University in Greenville, SC, starting in fall 2009.

Graduating fellow Richard Prather (psychology '09) will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University in fall 2009. He'll be working with Dr. Linda Smith on an IES funded grant investigating early development of arithmetic concepts.

Graduating fellow Brian An (sociology '09) has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at Notre Dame in fall 2009.

Graduating fellow Nick Mader (economics '10) will begin next fall as a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago, joining Professor James J. Heckman (of the economics department) in his research on the GED and role of non-cognitive skills in producing labor market outcomes and social behaviors.

2008 PLACEMENTS & AWARDS

ITP fellow Anna Haskins has won an NSF fellowship to support her graduate study. She is the third ITP student to win this prestigious honor, following Steven Alvarado and Alyn Turner.

ITP international affiliate Martín Santos has won a dissertation fellowship from the Spencer Foundation. Only 30 fellows were selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants. Martín is the second international affiliate to win a Spencer fellowship, following Carolina Milesi who graduated in 2007.

Graduating fellow Joshua Cowen (political science '08) has been appointed assistant professor at the Martin School of Public Policy, University of Kentucky.

Graduating fellow Sheree Schrager (psychology '08) has taken a position as statistician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. She will also continue her affiliation with our experimental study of elementary science in Los Angeles.