Ph.D. student Elizabeth Miller is lead author on the article "Head Start Found More Beneficial for Children Whose Parents Provide Less Early Academic Stimulation." The article will appear in the next issue of Child Development, a publication of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD). Professors George Farkas, Deborah Lowe Vandell, and Greg Duncan are co-authors. In drawing her conclusions, Ms. Miller analyzed data from the Head Start Impact Study, a nationally representative sample of nearly 5,000 newly entering eligible 3- and 4-year olds. Ms. Miller, a third year doctoral student advised by Professor George Farkas, is specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). Her research interests include socio-emotional development, parent-child interactions, early childhood care and education. SRCD Press Release
Ph.D. student Sarah Gilliland was presented with the Education Section “Adopt a Doc” Scholarship at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), held February 3-6 in Las Vegas. The APTA program awards one $2,500 scholarship per year to increase the number of doctorally prepared faculty teaching in Physical Therapy (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) education programs. The award provides financial support to current or former PT or PTA faculty members who are in the dissertation phase of their doctoral programs. Ms. Gilliland, who holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, has been an adjunct faculty member at Chapman University teaching human anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, complementary medicine and wellness, neurology, and assisting in a variety of laboratory courses since 2008.
Ph.D. student Marcela Martinez has been invited to present at the first annual Associated Graduate Students (AGS) Symposium to be held on April 18 at UC Irvine. The title of her talk is "Motivational Predictors of Math Course Persistence." The AGS Symposium provides a venue for outstanding graduate and professional student researchers to showcase how they are utilizing collaborative or innovative methods to tackle important problems in their field. AGS, a student-administered organization open to all UCI graduate students, advocates on behalf of graduate students interests at local, state, and national levels; funds graduate-student initiated events and projects; and provides conference support opportunities. Ms. Martinez, a Eugene Cota Robles Scholar, studies macro- and micro-level factors contributing to individual academic success. Abstract
Ph.D. student Alma Zaragoza-Petty shared findings from her dissertation research during the Chican@ Studies Alliance conference at California State University, Fullerton's on March 1. The title of her presentation was “(De)Colonizing Futures: ‘At Risk’ Students.” In her research Ms. Zaragoza-Petty examined how the notion of "at risk" informs the practices and policies in a charter school environment. Ms. Zaragoza-Petty, a Eugene Cota Robles scholar, is a fourth year doctoral student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). Her research interests include race/ethnicity, gender, class, and educational achievement,
higher education access and equity. She is advised by Assistant Professor Tesha Sengupta-Irving.