IES grantee Carol McDonald Connor has received a 2006 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), "the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent scientific research careers."
On November 1, 2007, Connor received her award in a ceremony presided over by John H. Marburger III, science advisor to President Bush and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Connor, an assistant professor at Florida State University, has received IES grants through NCER and NCSER and is one of the faculty providing training to graduate students in Florida State's IES predoctoral research training program.
Her PECASE citation reads: "In recognition of innovative research in the development and evaluation of an instructional tool to improve literacy instruction; outstanding studies of reading instruction and literacy development for children with and without disabilities; and exemplary service to improve reading outcomes through professional development for teachers and individual tutoring of students in her community."
The Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers were established in 1996 to recognize the country's most promising researchers. According to a White House press release, nine federal departments and agencies "annually nominate scientists and engineers who are at the start of their independent careers and whose work shows exceptional promise for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge." This year there were 56 PECASE recipients.
For more information about Connor's research, visit http://ies.ed.gov/ncer/projects/grant.asp?ProgID=5&year=2004&grantid=70.