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Title: Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences
Center: NCER Year: 2014
Principal Investigator: Schanzenbach, Diane Whitmore Awardee: Northwestern University
Program: Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences      [Program Details]
Award Period: 5 years (9/1/2014 - 8/31/2019) Award Amount: $3,908,332
Type: Training Award Number: R305B140042

Co-Principal Investigators: Jackson, C. Kirabo; Rapp, David Rapp; Spillane, James

In 2004, Northwestern University established the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) (R305B040098) training program, followed by an additional grant in 2008. Through this 2014 grant, MPES continued to provide doctoral students from a variety of disciplines (including economics, human development, learning sciences, psychology, sociology and statistics) the knowledge, expertise, and technical skills to conduct rigorous empirical research that is also usable and useful in the policy and practice worlds.

Over the course of this grant, MPES recruited and provided training to doctoral students, offering them 3-year training fellowships that included annual tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a small research/travel fund.

Fellows participated in an interdisciplinary core curriculum that included (a) multidisciplinary training in policy research and evaluation, design, cognition and student learning, mathematics and reading, and human development and (b) rigorous methodological training that addressed both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Fellows received additional training through workshops, a proseminar, and research apprenticeship with Northwestern faculty. All fellows also participated in a year-long research practicum experience offered in conjunction with MPES's partner district, Evanston Township High School (ETHS). In the practicum, fellows diagnosed and defined a problem using their research skills and then, using the findings from their diagnostic work, engaged in research to address the problem. MPES also offered fellows opportunities to participate in a 10-week summer research internship at the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

The total projected costs of the training program are $5,580,671. In addition to the $3,931,552 grant from IES, Northwestern University committed to contributing $1,369,645 in cost sharing plus another $279,474 to provide 1 year of training to the final cohort of MPES fellows after the IES grant concluded.

List of Completed Fellows: Below is a list of the 22 fellows who received funding support from this award and completed the training program.

Anderson, Erin Paquin Morel, Richard (ORCID)
Berry, Allena Peko-Spicer, Sarah
Blaushild, Naomi (ORCID) Salomon, Meghan
Fitzgerald, Kaitlyn (ORCID) Schauer, Jacob (ORCID)
Handsman, Emily Stein, Mary (Abby)
Healy, Olivia Svoboda, Ryan
Hittner, Emily (ORCID) Swen, Carolyn
Kamel, Ayah Villaume, Sarah (ORCID)
Kessler, Courtenay Wigger, Cora
Kinghorn Busby, Andrea Xiong, Heyu
Martin, David (Kit) Zivic, Aliza

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Related IES Projects:  Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (MPES) (R305B040098), Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences (R305B080027), Multidisciplinary Program in Educational Sciences (R305B200037)

Products and Publications

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Updated November 2022