Federal Grant to Help UNCW, Partner Universities Build a Diverse Pool of Education Researchers
"The University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina Central University and Duke University are partners in a $1.1 million federal grant to develop the Research Institute for Scholars of Equity and build a diverse field of highly qualified education researchers... Collaborating institutions also include University of Pittsburgh, University of South Carolina, University of New Mexico and the New School for Social Research in New York City. Under the five-year grant, a total of 60 juniors and seniors will receive one-year research fellowships, beginning in summer 2017. "
One core feature of the fellowship is the eight-week summer research institute in which fellows will be introduced to critical race theory (as well as mixed-methods research techniques) as a means of studying issues such as teacher quality, education policy, and race and social justice in education. In addition to coursework, fellows will conduct several short research projects and begin conducting research related to the RISE theme as part of research interest groups (RIGs) under the supervision of their faculty mentors. Fellows will continue to conduct research through their RIGs during the academic year.
“So many of our students want to do something good in the world,” said Marta Sánchez, Faculty Affiliate at the Cook Center and Assistant Professor of Social Foundations at the Donald R. Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. “This shows them how they can go about that.”