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June 21, 2011

Literacy education Ph.D. candidate awarded dissertation fellowship

Candance Doerr-StevensCandance Doerr-Stevens, Ph.D. candidate in the literacy education program (Curriculum and Instruction), was awarded a 2011-12 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by the University of Minnesota Graduate School. These prestigious fellowships are given to select graduate students to allow them to devote full-time effort to their dissertations during their final year of study.

Doerr-Stevens's research examines the use of multiple modes of communication, such as image, sound, music, and motion, as students collaboratively create radio and film documentaries.

May 19, 2011

Casey awarded Hauge Fellowship

Zac CaseyZac Casey, Ph.D. student in culture and teaching (Curriculum and Instruction), was awarded this year's Hauge Fellowship in the amount of $4,000. He is advised by Tim Lensmire.

Congratulations, Zac!

May 11, 2011

PhD student Sara Levy wins thesis research grant

Sara Levy, a PhD student in social studies education (curriculum and instruction), received a competitive Thesis Research Grant from the Graduate School. The grant covers costs associated with thesis research, such as domestic travel and expenses for fieldwork, postage, and photocopying.

May 6, 2011

C&I students receive awards for photography contest

photo contest imagephoto contest imageOut of the numerous photographic entries submitted to C&I's 1st Annual Photo Contest, two students received awards for their outstanding images. Amy Frederick, a graduate student in the literacy education program, received the 1st place prize for her submission "Working with developing reader" and Suzan Koseoglu, a graduate student in the learning technologies program, received the 2nd place prize for her submission "LT Students getting ready for the Polar Plunge."

The photographic entries were judged on how well the image(s) portrayed a sense of C&I student life and culture.

Congratulations to Amy and Suzan!

May 5, 2011

Science educator Barb Billington wins 2011 Philanthropic Leardrship Circle Award

BillingtonB-(90x135).jpgCurriculum and Instruction PhD student Barbara Billington (science education) has been selected to receive a Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award for 2011. The award includes $1,500 for conference presentations and travel expenses.

Barb was selected from a large pool of highly qualified and impressive female graduate students to receive this prestigious award. The WPLC will be holding its annual awards celebration to honor Barb and other award recipients on June 15 in St Paul.

April 28, 2011

University-YMCA family literacy parthership succeeds at Sheridan Elementary School

Literacy education faculty, students, and preservice teachers from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction partnered with the YMCA to promote family literacy at Sheridan Elementary School on April 14. The goal of the partnership was to create a family literacy event to benefit Minneapolis students of various ages and skill levels, educate students and their families about the importance of literacy, and provide Minneapolis families with tips and activities that they can use at home to work towards these goals.

Specifically, literacy instructors and preservice teachers enrolled in a course on foundations of literacy partnered with YMCA staff to plan and carry out the family literacy event. Independent, practice level activities engaged children and modeled for parents easy activities to do at home that do not require a lot of materials. In addition, members of Voices Merging, a multicultural student group at the University of Minnesota, demonstrated that literacy is also about self-expression.

Madey Heins Israelson, a literacy PhD student and event leader, and Deborah Dillon, literacy professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, represented the University in coordinating the fun and successful event.

April 5, 2011

Literacy Ph.D. candidate presents at 2011 Doctoral Research Showcase

Jessica E. Moyer, M.S., C.A.S. (Ph.D. candidate in literacy education, Curriculum and Instruction) presented at the 2011 Doctoral Research Showcase on her dissertation research- Teens Today Don't Read Any More: A Study of Differences in Interest and Comprehension Across Multiple Formats. Jessica's presentation is part of winning a 2010- 2011 doctoral fellowship from the university. She was recently featured in an article in Finance and Commerce, an independent newspaper reporting news, analysis and commentary on Minnesota business.

April 1, 2011

C&I Student Research Day culminates in presentation of awards

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction celebrated Student Research Day with over 30 students providing poster presentations to faculty and students in Peik Hall on March 25. The culmination of the event was the presentation of awards to four outstanding students.

NyachwayaJ.jpgDoerr-StevensC.jpgOutstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award winners were Candance Doerr-Stevens and James Nyachwaya. Candace Doerr-Stevens is a doctoral student in the literacy education program specializing in critical literacy and English education (CLEE). Her research explores student engagement and identity construction through digital media composition. James Nyachwaya is a doctoral student in science education. His current research is tracking how changes in the instructor's approach to teaching the particulate nature of matter are producing improvements in student learning.

CaseyZ.jpgBillingtonB.jpgGraduate Student Instructor Award winners were Barbara Billington (science education) and Zachary Casey (culture and teaching). Highlights from the award nomination letter by Barb's advisor said, "Barb is unreservedly the best science teacher educator that I have met during my career and an excellent ambassador for our department." Zac's advisor wrote, "student comments point to how both the course content and Mr. Casey's instructional approaches promoted intense engagement with learning even as they focused attention on difficult and complex issues of diversity and difference." Both individuals were recognized for the quality of their contributions to students in the department.

View a listing of Research Day 2011 Poster Presentations.

March 30, 2011

Three literacy education doctoral students present papers at conference

Three doctoral students from literacy education (in the department of Curriculum and Instruction) presented papers at the Assembly for Research of the National Council of Teachers of English. Candance Doerr-Stevens presented "Forging Space for New Identities and Literacy Practices through Digital Media Consumption of Radio Documentaries"; Heidi Jones presented "Oscillating Identities: Utlizing and Online Role Play in a Writing Methods Course"; and Rachel Tholen Hatten presented 21st Century Skills, the Push for Blended Classrooms, and the View from the Trenches." A total of eight literacy education students attended the conference.

Rachel Tholen HattenHeidi JonesCandance Doerr-Stevens

March 9, 2011

Educational psychology grad student earns prestigious minority scholarship

2011-Photo-XIONG.jpgEllina Xiong, specialist certificate student in the school psychology track in the Department of Educational Psychology, received the 2011 National Association of School Psychologists Minority Scholarship at their convention in San Francisco last month. She was one of only four students in the country to receive this prestigious award.

Xiong works as a graduate research assistant under the guidance of professor Jennifer McComas and conducts interventions to improve the reading fluency of students. Her career aspirations are to work as a practitioner in an urban school district and conduct research on improving the educational outcomes of Hmong American students.

The scholarship program was established in 1995 to ease financial barriers facing some minority graduate students embarking on a specialist degree in school psychology. Its goal is for each scholar receiving the award to enter the field as a practicing school psychologist following graduation, infusing the profession with diversity and cultural awareness to benefit children and school communities across the country.

February 25, 2011

Ph.D candidate's research on relationships attracts international media attention

Jessica SalvatoreJessica Salvatore, doctoral candidate at the Institute of Child Development, and her ICD co-authors Sally Kuo and Andrew Collins recently published findings in Psychological Science that suggest how well couples move on after an argument is closely tied to how securely attached one or both partners were to their caregivers as an infant. The study has attracted media attention around the world, including stories in Time, U.S. News & World Report, WebMD, and the United Kingdom's Daily Mail. Salvatore has also been interviewed about the research by media outlets in Ireland, South Korea, and Chile.

In their longitudinal study, the ICD researchers discovered that having a romantic partner who is especially good at recovering (or rebounding) from conflict predicts increased relationship stability for those who were insecurely attached in infancy. "This research," says Salvatore, "provides some of the first prospective evidence suggesting that individuals may be able to compensate for the vulnerabilities that their romantic partners carry with them from earlier in their development."

See the article in Psychological Science online.

Read the story on UMNews and listen to more about the study on this U of M Moment podcast:

December 16, 2010

CEHD freshmen showcase First Year Inquiry capstone projects

capstone-4-web.jpgCEHD first-year students gathered in the Great Hall of Coffman Union Dec. 15 to showcase PsTL 1525: First Year Inquiry, Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing Capstone Projects. The FYI course is a writing intensive, team-taught course that addresses the common question: How can one person make a difference? All 450 CEHD freshmen take PsTL 1525 and participate in the showcase event presenting a wide range of projects including digital stories, performances, posters, videos, and dance.

December 14, 2010

CEHD students win Scholarly Excellence in Equity & Diversity awards

Vue.jpgHynes.jpgDiggles.jpgThree CEHD students were among the 2010 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award winners announced in November. Kimberly Diggles, Ph.D. student in marriage and family therapy (family social science); Kevin Hynes, senior in family social science; and Bai Vue, senior in human resource development were honored at a University ceremony for their outstanding work on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice in the classroom and in the community.

Diggles is a recipient of an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Fellowship. She is a former McNair Scholar and has research interests in racial and cultural socialization in minority families.

Hynes is majoring in psychology as well as family social science. He has worked on adoption research and cites his own adopted person status and Korean birth culture as contributors to his deep interest and understanding of cultural diversity.

Vue, in addition to his human resource development major, has minors in leadership and human resource industrial relations. He is the education co-chair for the Hmong Minnesota Student Association and has been a McNair Scholar and Multicultural Kickoff Ambassador.

For more details on the awards and a video of the 2010 SEED award winners, see the Equity and Diversity website.

November 18, 2010

Jensen presents Golden Femur Award

Murray JensenMurray Jensen, associate professor in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, hosted the 2nd annual Golden Femur competition. The Golden Femur Awards were held November 17 at the Mayo Memorial Auditorium as part of Jensen's College in the Schools Human Anatomy and Physiology Program. Prizes were awarded for the best group video productions.

This year's theme was "talking to your grandparents about food," which is related to the notion that people were generally healthier in the 1940s and 1950s than they are today. This year's winners were Eagan High School - Golden Femur, Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts - Silver Scapula, and Richfield High School - Bronze Ulna. To view the top student videos from 2009 and the three winners from 2010 go to

Marina Nemat discusses her memoir, Prisoner of Tehran

On November 10th PsTL and CEHD Reads hosted the third annual Common Book author event. All First Year CEHD students gathered in Northrup Auditorium for a special session of the First Year Inquiry course (PsTL 1525W) to hear Marina Nemat discuss her memoir, her childhood in Iran, her time in Evin Prison and her road of recovery. In an evening event, Nemat told the story of her childhood, her imprisonment and recovery to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public. Nemat encouraged an engaging and moving discussion that provided participants with multiple perspectives on Iran and the power of words.

November 8, 2010

Ph.D. student receives Tekne award for innovations in K-12 teaching

scot hovan class.jpgThe Tekne: Innovation in Teaching Award recognizes innovative classroom use of technology in K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, and expands opportunities for students to be successful in technology-related careers.

Scot Hovan, Ph.D. student in science education (Department of Curriculum and Instruction) and engineering coordinator for the Mahtomedi school district, has been instrumental in the creation of the Mahtomedi Engineering Leadership Program (MELP). It currently consists of three facets: engineering curriculum, engineering integration, and community engagement. Through Hovan's relationship with the University of Minnesota's STEM Education Center, he has helped incorporate the use of Model Eliciting Activities (MEAs) in several non-engineering classes. Hovan also has led evening engineering events to promote awareness and excitement around engineering, regularly attracting over 500 community members. The community engagement activities of MELP also include engineering summer camps for kids and extracurricular engineering activities.

In addition to the integration of science and engineering into the ninth grade curriculum, Mahtomedi middle school students are now required to take engineering courses. This widespread implementation of engineering is pioneering the future of STEM education in Minnesota.

Congratulations to Scot for this well deserved reward!

October 20, 2010

FYI students make 2,000 sandwiches to feed the hungry

Jill TritesKristin CoryStudents in Jill Trites and Kris Cory's section of PsTL 1525W: First Year Inquiry (FYI) class made 2,000 sandwiches to feed the hungry on Oct. 20. In FYI, students focus on the question "How can one person make a difference?" The 2,000 sandwiches were donated to 363, a grass roots organization created by Allan Law, with the mission of feeding 2,000 homeless people in Minneapolis every day.

Law, a retired Minneapolis school teacher, spoke to the class about the level of poverty and homelessness faced in Minneapolis and his lifelong commitment to helping those in need. His message is: Treat people well, don't worry about what you can't control, and there are no excuses for not getting your work done.

July 16, 2010

Literacy Ph.D. candidate receives leadership award

The University of Illinois' Graduate School of Library and Information
Science recently awarded Jessica E. Moyer, M.S., C.A.S. (Ph.D. candidate in literacy education, Curriculum and Instruction) their Alumni Leadership Award. Jessica is honored for her excellent writing, teaching and her professional presentations. The leadership award, is given to an alumnus who has graduated in the past ten years and who has shown leadership in the field of library and information science.

June 16, 2010

Two C&I grad. students receive distinguished award

Please join the Curriculum and Instruction community in congratulating
their two Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipients. Brant Miller
(PhD candidate in the science education track, adviser Gill Roehrig)
and Jessica Moyer (PhD candidate in the literacy education track,
adviser David O'Brien) have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation
for 2010-2011 from the Graduate School. This highly
competitive fellowship will support Miller and Moyer in their research
and dissertation research during the the 2010-11 academic year.
Miller's research involves looking at the development of science
agency in American Indian middle school students as a result of
experiencing a culturally relevant science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics (STEM) curriculum. Moyer's research is a study of
comprehension, engagement and interest across three leisure reading
formats: print books, e-books, and digital audiobooks among older

May 14, 2010

Culture and teaching student receives Hauge Fellowship

Lisa Johnson, a doctoral student in culture and teaching (Curriculum and Instruction) was recently awarded a Hauge Fellowship. She is advised by Tim Lensmire and Thom Swiss.

May 6, 2010

Doctoral student receives AERA award for research proposal

HansenS.jpgAt the recent annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Sarah Hansen received the 1st Place Proposal Award at the Division D (Measurement and Research Methodology) In-Progress Research Gala. Sarah's award-winning proposal featured ethnographic research that illuminated the discourse models informing Indian immigrant parents' school engagement experiences. As a recipient of the award, she will give an invited paper at the 2011 AERA Annual Meeting. Sarah is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's culture and teaching track (Bic Ngo and Thom Swiss, co-advisers).

April 29, 2010

Thesis research grants awarded to Hansen and Smalkoski

Sarah Hansen.jpgSarah Hansen and Kari Smalkoski, doctoral students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, have each been awarded Thesis Research Grant funds by the Graduate School. Grant funds help students cover expenses associated with their thesis research, such as domestic travel, fieldwork, postage, and photocopying.

Hansen's research (Bic Ngo and Thom Swiss, advisers) will explore the stories Indian-American participants at a community-based ethnic organization document about their everyday lives--stories that converse with, but also complicate, dominant discourses about what it means to be a South Asian youth in a global context.

Kari SmalkoskiSmalkoski's research (Bic Ngo and Tim Lensmire, adviser) examines the layers of multiplicity within the Hmong community by looking at the the ways in which Hmong masculinities and popular cultural practices impact males' non-school and school identities.

April 20, 2010

Kinesiology's Austin Calhoun wins 2010-11 Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award

Austin Stair CalhounSchool of Kinesiology second-year sport sociology doctoral student and Tucker Center research assistant Austin Stair Calhoun has been selected to receive a Women's Philanthropic Leadership Circle Award for 2010 in the amount of $2,000. She was selected from a large pool of highly qualified and very impressive female graduate students to receive this prestigious award. The WPLC will be holding its annual awards celebration to honor Austin and other of the Circle's award recipients on June 15 in St Paul.

April 19, 2010

Undergraduate programs foster leadership

Connect cover Through the First Year Experience, all incoming College of Education and Human Development freshmen work to identify their individual strengths. This two-semester program focuses on helping students succeed academically and socially at the University and to identify the majors and careers where they can have the most impact. The college is also academic home to the University-wide leadership minor, which provides knowledge about leadership in the context of social action and change.

Learn how these programs tap students' natural potential in the Winter/Spring issue of Connect.

April 16, 2010

Patrick Reese awarded 2010-11 Edith Mueller Parks & Recreation Memorial Award

Patrick Reese, undergraduate student in the School of Kinesiology's Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies program, has been awarded the 2010-11 Edith Mueller Parks & Recreation Award in the amount of $1500. The award seeks to reward participation and enthusiasm of undergraduate students pursuing a program in recreation, park, and leisure studies, and to encourage students to further their involvement and deepen their commitment to this discipline. The fund was established in the Tucker Center by Van and Mildred Mueller in loving memory of their daughter Edith. Mr. Reese will be presented with the award certificate prior to the Tucker Center's Spring Distinguished Lecture on the evening of April 21.

Recipients of Global Spotlight grants include four from OLPD

VavrusF2008W.jpgFour recipients of the new Global Spotlight grants from the Office of International Programs (OIP) are members of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. These grants will support research and other scholarly initiatives related to the spotlight area of "Africa and Water in the World" and continue development of a global network of engagement and scholarship across the University.

International Collaborative Seed Grants

The Cultural Politics of Pedagogy and Development in Tanzania
Principal Investigator: Frances Vavrus, associate professor

Doctoral Fellowships for International Research

Factors Associated with Partnership Experiences, Attitudes, and Perceptions: A Comparative Case Study of Two African Universities
Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education

OIP International Pre-Dissertation and Small Grants Awards for Doctoral Students

Navigating Pacific Identities through Sport: A Comparison of Water-Based and Land-Based Physical Activity Approaches to Health and International Development in Samoa and American Somoa
Christina Kwauk, Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education

Teachers as Political Tools in Tanzania
Matthew Thomas, Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education

April 15, 2010

CARE grant fosters grad. student research

Eighteen graduate students from the comparative and international developmental education program in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) are learning from a unique opportunity to conduct research alongside faculty in such countries as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Honduras, and Malawi. Their experiences are part of a partnership between the college, CARE USA, and CARE's partners in eight developing countries.

Honduran school children The college is in the final year of an initial $1.1 million grant from CARE. OLPD assistant professor Joan DeJaeghere and Christopher Johnstone, the college's director of international initiatives and relations, are co-principal investigators. OLPD faculty members Fran Vavrus and David Chapman also lead research teams in some of the countries.

Find out more about these unique research partnerships in the Community section of Connect.

Kinesiology Ph.D. candidate Kristen Pickett offered postdoc at Washington U

Kristen PickettKristen Pickett, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology, has accepted a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis beginning next fall. Pickett will be working with Dr. Gammon Earhart and Dr. Joel Perlmutter at Washington University through a joint appointment in Movement Science, the Department of Physical Therapy, and the Department of Neuroscience in the Medical School.

As part of her fellowship, she will be working on an MRI/Parkinson's disease study that will look at patients' gait function and brain function in the pathology group. Pickett will be traveling to a conference in Glasgow, Scotland next fall with her WU research team to present her work. She is an advisee of Dr. Juergen Konczak.

April 14, 2010

Kipp awarded Eloise Jaeger Scholarship

Lindsay KippLindsay Kipp, School of Kinesiology PhD student in Physical Activity Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been awarded the 2010-11 Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship for Students in the Tucker Center award in the amount of $2,000. The Eloise M. Jaeger Scholarship was established to ensure that the best female and male students in the nation are able to participate in significant education and research initiatives designed to improve the lives of girls and women.

This scholarship provides an opportunity for promising young students to meet their educational and career goals, especially those who might not otherwise have the financial means to further their aspirations. Kipp will use the funds to support her project titled, "Predictors of Well-being in Female Adolescent Athletes," researching determinants of female adolescent athletes' physical and psychological well-being. The research intersects the areas of gender, adolescent psychology, and prevention science and explores a series of relationships among mechanisms of coaching influence, psychological need, satisfaction, and indices of physical and psychological well-being. Findings from the study will be used to design an intervention study to promote positive coaching behaviors in an effort to improve perceptions of competence, autonomy, and relatedness, and ultimately indices of subjective well-being.

April 13, 2010

Kremers reflects on a tumultuous tenure

Kristi KremersKristi Kremers, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is wrapping up her second term as president of the Graduate and Professional Student's Association. In the face of a restructuring of the Graduate School, she made sure students had a place among decision makers.

Read more about her accomplishments and her plans for the future in the latest issue of Connect.

April 12, 2010

Ph.D. student Chiteng Kot receives doctoral fellowship for international research

Felly Chiteng Kot, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, is the recipient of a doctoral fellowship for international research from the Office of International Programs. Chiteng Kot's research focuses on international partnerships of the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

April 9, 2010

Center For Clinical Movement Science will host CCMS Research Day 2010 on April 16

The Center for Clinical Movement Science invites faculty and students to its second annual 2010 Research Day on Friday, April 16. CCMS Research Day is an opportunity for faculty, medical and allied health professionals, and graduate students to interact in an interdisciplinary forum and to learn more about each others' work.

April 16
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
400 Walter Library
Free lunch buffet for Research Day participants

Keynote Address at 2 p.m.: "The Representation of Space and Time Through Sensory-Motor Learning"
Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi is an international expert on motor learning and control.

For more information, contact John Anderson, 612-626-0685,

April 7, 2010

Social work student receives university leadership award

Teresa ObreroTeresa Michelle Mamanche Obrero, a social work dual degree student, has won a University of Minnesota President's Student Leadership and Service Award. The award is given to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Obrero is a master's degree candidate in social work and public policy. The award will be presented at the President's Award Banquet on May 3 in the Great Hall of Coffman Union.

April 4, 2010

C&I student research poster sessions on Friday, April 9, 2010

Graduate student research conducted in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction will be highlighted in poster sessions in 28 Peik Hall and several adjoining rooms from 1:00 and 4:00 PM on Friday, April 9. Each student presenter will have space allocated to exhibit their research and participate in discussions with faculty and student attendees. (View list of presenters.)
Midway through the event, from approximately 2:30-3:00 PM, awards will be presented to a graduate student who has done outstanding research in the area of diversity and a graduate student who has done exceptional work as a supervisor.

The event is free and open to all interested faculty and students. Refreshments will be provided.

Art education student receives 2010 Bush Leadership Fellowship

Judi Petkau Judi Petkau, Ph.D. student in art education (Curriculum and Instruction), and educator at the Weisman Art Museum, has been awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship to support her research in art museum-based learning for the upcoming academic year. The fellowship includes an opportunity to work with leading museum education researchers at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, focusing on the recently opened Sackler Centre for Education and the institution's creativity and diversity initiatives. Petkau plans to complete her thesis research during the fellowship year and return to help reopen the expanded Weisman Art Museum in the fall of 2011.

April 1, 2010

Alumni Relations student worker receives Outstanding Student Employee Award

Andrea.JPGAlumni Relations student worker, Andrea Styczinski received the Outstanding Student Employee Award at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. This award recognizes the top 10% of the student employees on campus for outstanding contributions to their department and the University community during the 2009-2010 academic year. Andrea and other recipients will be honored at a reception in late April.

Kinesiology M.A. student speaks out on supplements

Patrick Wilson, Kinesiology M.A., was featured in an article on supplements in the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Wilson, who is a registered dietitian, commented on the prevalent use of supplements, often in very high doses, that many weight lifters take to increase performance. "When you talk about these high doses, it is alarming," said Wilson. "I think it's ludicrous to think you can take as much as you want and not have any harmful effects."

The complete article is available at Wilson is the advisee of Dr. Stacy Ingraham.

March 31, 2010

Ph.D. student Selander receives Ramp-Up to Readiness grant

Julie Selander, Ph.D. student in higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, received a grant from Ramp-Up To Readiness, a program of the University of Minnesota's College Readiness Consortium, to partner with Minneapolis and St. Paul public high schools to help high school seniors prepare themselves financially for attending a postsecondary institution. The goal of the Ramp-Up to Readiness grants is to help University colleges, campuses and offices create new or enhance existing partnerships with preK-12 schools and community-based organizations to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and habits that are needed for success in college.

March 26, 2010

Joshua Ellis is awarded an Alumni Society Advanced Study Student Scholarship

Joshua Ellis, a student in the Science education M.Ed. initial licensure program, Department of Curriculum and Instruction) has been chosen by the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Society as one of four winners of the Advanced Study Student Scholarship. The Society's criteria for granting this award are academic performance and potential for making a significant contribution to the field of education and human development. Joshua's selection as a recipient denotes excellence in both areas. The college will honor Joshua and other scholarship recipients at the Celebration of Scholars in October.

March 24, 2010

Educational Psychology graduate students selected for ETS internships

Julio Cabrera and Catherine Close, graduate students in Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods in Education), have been selected to participate in the Educational Testing Service (ETS) psychometric summer internship program. This program is very competitive, selecting fewer than 25 graduate students from around the country. Julio and Catherine will spend two months in Princeton New Jersey, working closely with ETS researchers on measurement related projects. ETS is the largest educational research non-profit organization in the world.

March 22, 2010

Kari Smalkoski named Hmong Studies Fellow, 2010-11

The Program in Asian American Studies and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota are hosting Kari Smalkoski as a graduate fellow in Hmong Studies, generously funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Smalkoski is a Ph.D. student in Culture and Teaching in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. Read her profile on the Institute for Advanced Studies site. A post-doctoral position in Hmong studies is also being hosted.

M.Ed. student Stork awarded Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship

Julie Stork, special education student in Educational Psychology, has been awarded the CEHD Alumni Society's Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship.This scholarship recognizes academic performance and potential for making a significant contribution to the field of education and human development for an undergraduate student or a student enrolled in the college's initial teacher licensure program. The college will honor Julie and other scholarship recipients at the Celebration of Scholars event in the fall.

March 17, 2010

Ph.D. student Parker awarded CEHD Alumni Society Scholarship

David Parker, doctoral student in Educational Psychology, was awarded the CEHD Alumni Society's Advanced Study Scholarship. The Society's criteria for granting this award are academic performance and potential for making a significant contribution to the field of education and human development--David's selection as a recipient denotes excellence in both areas. The college will honor David and other scholarship recipients at the Celebration of Scholars event in the fall.

March 12, 2010

Kinesiology student Ruggeiro elected to International Olympic Committee's Athletes' Commission

Kinesiology M.Ed. student and Women's Sports Foundation Board of Trustee member Angela Ruggiero was recently elected to the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission. Ruggeiro, who was elected by her peers, will serve an eight-year term representing Olympic athletes to the IOC. Commission members also take part in evaluating cities competing to host the Olympic Games, reviewing sports programs for the Games, and anti-doping efforts.

Ruggiero, a star player on the U.S. Olympic women's hockey team, recently participated in her fourth Winter Olympic Games.

March 11, 2010

Graduate student Brant Miller joins GoNorth! Greenland 2010

MillerB-10.jpgBrant Miller, Ph.D. candidate in science education (Curriculm and Instruction), will be joining the GoNorth! Greenland 2010 team in April. Along with learning technologies associate professor Aaron Doering and the GoNorth! Adventure Learning team, Brant is preparing to explore Greenland with K-12 classrooms around the world. Brant will be responsible for scientific and traditional ecological knowledge research duties, along with supporting the education and expedition activities throughout the adventure. For more information visit and learn more about team member Brant Miller.

March 10, 2010

ICD undergraduate Hughes receives 2010 President's Student Leadership & Service Award

ICD undergraduate child psychology major Laura Hughes was selected as one of the recipients of the 2010 President's Student Leadership & Service Award. This annual award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. On behalf of the president, it is presented annually to approximately one-half of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Laura and the other President's Student Leadership & Service Award winners will be honored at a banquet on Monday, May 3rd, in Coffman Memorial Union. Congratulations, Laura!

March 5, 2010

Kinesiology student bowls to success

Azizah Jor'dan, Kinesiology Ph.D student in the Movement Science emphasis, has been splitting her teaching assistantship responsibilities between supporting faculty and teaching bowling in the Physical Education program. Now students will be getting their bowling lessons from a coach certified by the US Bowling Congress. Ms. Jor'dan was awarded Level 1 Certification on February 24. Congratulations!

Kinesiology Ph.D. student, undergrad offer tips on hockey success

Jim Winges, Ph.D. student in Kinesiology, and Sarah Erickson, U of M Communication Studies undergrad, co-authored an article on guidelines for parents and coaches to help their young hockey players achieve their best. The article appeared in Minnesota Hockey HEP Newsletter.

March 1, 2010

Ph.D. student to participate in UCEA's Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Mohammed Elmeski, a Ph.D. student in comparative and international development education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), has been selected to participate in the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) at AERA in April 2010. Mohammed's dissertation topic focuses on a policy analysis of an education reform initiative in Morocco to create stronger teacher and parent partnerships through a decentralized school governance process. He is co-advised by David Chapman and Deanne Magnusson.