Ph.D. student Teya Rutherford has been awarded the UC Irvine Public Impact Fellowship in recognition of her current research's potential for substantial impact in the public sphere. Ms. Rutherford is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). Her research focuses on the improvement of motivation and cognition, and is especially concerned with novel interventions that can reach underserved populations. She has been recognized by the National Science Foundation with a graduate research fellowship (NSF GRFP) and has published peer-reviewed manuscripts in both psychology and education journals. She has taught a variety of subjects from computers to Algebra and draws on both her teaching experience and her legal background (J.D., 2003) to conduct and disseminate research meaningful to policy-makers and practitioners.
Ph.D. student Anamarie Auger is one of 10 UC Irvine graduate students who has been awarded Honorable Mention and a $1,000 stipend in the UC Irvine Public Impact Fellowship competition. Her selection is an acknowledgement that her research has the potential to significantly improve or enrich the lives of Californians and/or national and global communities. Ms. Auger is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). Her research interests are focused on understanding how the home and child care environments, and interventions aimed at improving these settings, impact children's development. Ms. Auger’s dissertation research is funded through a two-year dissertation grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Ph.D. student Chenoa Woods is one of 10 UC Irvine graduate students who has been awarded Honorable Mention and a $1,000 stipend in the UC Irvine Public Impact Fellowship competition. Ms. Woods is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Educationl Policy and Social Context (EPSC). Her research interests focus on college preparation, access, and enrollment, with an emphasis on social and educational inequalities perpetuated by differential access to precollege counseling and opportunities for college preparation. Ms. Woods represents UC Irvine as a UC Accord Fellow and works to expand access to higher education for underrepresented minority and low-income students. She is president-elect for the Association of Doctoral Students in Education (ADSE) at UC Irvine.
Ph.D. student Sonja Lind was a featured speakers at the Fall Olive Tree Initiative (OTI) university-wide presentation about OTI's summer travel to Turkey, Armenia, and Georgia. During the evening, selected participants shared stories of cultural encounters and self-reflection during and following their travels. Ms. Lind is an international student in her sixth year of doctoral work, specializing in Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT). Her research interests include English language instruction and international education equity, new literacies, service-learning, and online communities. She has been an active supporter of international students through UC Irvine's International Center and of OTI's efforts to promote conflict resolution through rigorous academic prepartion, experiential education, and leadership development. Text of Address
Ph.D. student Cathery Yeh has been invited by the Dean of UC Irvine Graduate Division to serve on the 2013-2014 Advisory Council on Diversity. The Council is composed of distinguished faculty with a record of commitment to diversity and selected graduate students and professional staff. The Committee serves as a consultative body to the Dean, providing ideas, insight, and expertise that will expand and enhance the Graduate Division's efforts to recruit and retain outstanding students from diverse backgrounds. Ms. Yeh is a fourth year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD). Her research interests include diversity and equity in education, teacher learning, pre-service mathematics teacher development, and teacher professional development. She is advised by Associate Professor Rossella Santagata.
Ph.D. student Sabrina Kataoka presented at the 92nd annual California Educational Research Association (CERA) conference in Anaheim on December 6. Her presentation, "The Student's Active Role in Common Core Outcomes," aligned with the 2013 theme: Implementing the Common Core: Opportunities, Challenges, and Innovation. During her presentation Ms. Kataoka reviewed bioecological models and individual characteristics research from the positive youth development and positive psychology literatures, and argued that future Common Core impact studies should account for how adolescents’ individual characteristics (e.g., self-regulation, perseverance) can actively moderate and mediate the person-context relations involved in youth development. Ms. Kataoka is a fifth year doctoral student specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development (LCD).
Fourth year Ph.D. students Katerina Schenke and Cathy Tran presented at the Southwest Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education (SCIPIE) Conference at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, November 7-8. SCIPIE is a biennial conference that examines teaching and learning. The theme for the Fall 2013 conference was "Teaching and Learning from Multiple Perspectives: Coming Together to Create New Meaning." Ms. Schenke presented at the session "Investigating Children's Environmental Values, Identities, and Actions." Ms. Tran presented a poster titled "The Role of Confusion in Designing for Persistence after Failure."