I am seeking your assistance identifying potential candidates for the
American Educational Research Association (AERA) Undergraduate Student
Education Research Training Workshop. Offered during the 2009 AERA Annual
Meeting in San Diego, this workshop is intended to increase the talent
pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in
education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education
issues. The workshop will focus on applying to graduate
school, pursuing graduate education, and education research as a field.
Awardees will be provided with mentoring support from senior and early
Below is the call for applications and the description of the workshop.
AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop
2009 AERA Annual Meeting, San Diego
Monday, April 13-Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Call for Applications
Deadline February 20, 2009
The American Educational Research Association invites fellowship
applications for an Undergraduate Student Education Research Training
Workshop to be held at the 2009 Annual Meeting in San Diego. This
workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students
who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in
disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are
sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education
researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the
The workshop, led by junior and senior scholars, will give fellows an
overview of how education research is designed across fields, how
quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in studies, and how
research is applied to education policy and practice. Senior
researchers and faculty from both academic institutions and applied
research organizations (i.e., ACT, the American Institutes for Research,
Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and the Urban Institute)
will introduce education research as a field and share their area of
expertise and knowledge with the fellows. Workshop activities will also
focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school, and
beginning a career in education research.
Fellows will be paired with a faculty member and a graduate student who
will serve as program mentors. In addition to attending the workshop,
fellows will attend preselected paper sessions and presentations during
the AERA Annual Meeting.
Dates: Monday, April 13-Wednesday, April 15, AERA 2009 Annual Meeting, San
Award: Fellows will participate in the Undergraduate Student Education
Research Training Workshop during the AERA 2009 Annual Meeting in San
Diego. They will also have the benefit of a distinguished mentor as part
of the award. The award includes conference registration and two nights of
lodging. The fellows and/or their home institutions are responsible for
transportation costs to San Diego.
Eligibility: Candidates may come from a broad range of fields across the
arts and sciences. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women
are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be
* Students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college
in good academic standing.
* Interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree that
can lend itself to education research areas such as children and youth,
school and schooling issues, higher education, education policy, student
achievement, curriculum and instruction, education psychology, or
* U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
* Complete on-line application at www.aera.net
* Official college transcript from current institution.
* Letter of recommendation and evaluation form from a faculty
member who is familiar with your academic ability and potential.
* Resume which includes any educational background, training,
jobs, activities, honors, and other academic achievements. Include
information on any research experiences you may have had.
* Personal Statement
In one statement of no more than 500 words (double spaced) the applicant
should address the following:
1. How are your course work, extra-curricular activities,
leadership roles, work experiences, and/or other academic and life
experiences preparing you to pursue a graduate or professional degree?
2. What are your education research interests and what are you doing
to help further develop these interests and enhance your research and
Applications: AERA will accept applications via the online application
reviewed by a selection committee of senior scholars and researchers. All
materials must be received by 11:59pm on February 20, 2009. Official
transcripts and letter of recommendation and evaluation form must be
AERA Fellowships Office
1430 K St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Direct all questions to George Wimberly, Director of Social Justice and
Professional Development, at 202-238-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
George L. Wimberly,
AERA, Director of Social Justice and Professional Development