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Carnegie Mellon University Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER)

Year: 2009
Name of Institution:
Carnegie Mellon University
Goal: Training
Principal Investigator:
Klahr, David
Award Amount: $4,433,486
Award Period: 5 years
Award Number: R305B090023


Carnegie Mellon established the Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER) with funding from a 2004 IES grant. With the 2009 grant, PIER continued to train scientists to conduct rigorous research on learning conditions related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve academic outcomes for diverse prekindergarten through postsecondary students. PIER fellows earned an education sciences certificate by fulfilling a set of course and project requirements and conducting a dissertation involving applied research in education, while simultaneously earning a doctorate in one of Carnegie Mellon's participating departments (human computer interaction, economics, machine learning, philosophy, psychology, robotics, and statistics). PIER training focused on skills relevant to IES's development and efficacy goals in the areas of cognition and student learning, math and science education, and educational technology. Training emphasized the use of cognitive modeling, process-tracing tools, and advanced statistical techniques for analyzing complex data sets with an emphasis on causal modeling.

List of Completed Fellows:Below is a list of the 28 fellows who received funding support from this award and completed the training program.

Aleahmad, Turadg (ORCID)* MacLellan, Christopher (ORCID)
Ayers, Beth* Matlen, Bryan*
Cross, Jennifer (ORCID) Olsen, Jennifer
Davy, Colleen* Patel, Rony
Finkelstein, Samantha Presson, Nora*
Galyardt, April* Rivers, Kelly (ORCID)
Gerritsen, David Stampfer, Eliane
Godwin, Karrie Studer, Casey
Goldring, Thomas (ORCID) Sudol (DeLyser), LeighAnn* (ORCID)
Harpstead, Erik (ORCID) Sweet, Tracy  (ORCID)*
Heilman, Michael* Tenison, Caitlin (ORCID)
Howley, Iris* (ORCID) Unger, Layla (ORCID)
Imbrogno, Jason VanHoudnos, Nathan
Lomas, Derek Williamson, Courtney Denise

*Denotes fellows who also received funding from award R305B040063.

Project Website:

Related IES Projects: Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (PIER) (R305B040063), Program in Interdisciplinary Education Research (R305B150008)

Products and Publications

ERIC Citations: Find available citations in ERIC for this award here.


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Updated November 2022