Innovating for equity
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Six graduate students in the College of Education have been selected to present their research in just a few weeks at the Harvard Student Research Conference. This event, hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the nation's largest student-run conference on education research. The conference theme this year is "Innovating for Equity: Creating Opportunity through Research" and will feature approximately 140 presenters from 21 universities across the country. Temple’s graduate students will add to this group of outstanding presenters with their research-which covers a wide range of topics both interesting and applicable to the field. To learn more about their work, the office of Career and Student Development & Special Events reached out to the students and asked them to share with us. 
 

Robin-Renee Allbritton, is a native Philadelphian and a product of the Philadelphia School District.  In December 2015, Ms. Allbritton earned a Masters in Urban Education from Temple University and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Educational Leadership program. Additionally, Ms. Allbritton was selected as a speaker for the upcoming College of Education May 2016 commencement.  Her presentation will cover her graduate research focus on “The Influence of Black Fraternity Mentoring Initiatives on First Generation College-Bound, African American Male Students.” 

Bernadette Maher is completing her final semester of coursework in the educational psychology doctoral program.  Her proposal for presentation is: “How student-athletes’ academic identities respond to the psychological effects of serious injuries.” Also the topic of her dissertation, it is inspired by Ms. Maher’s previous experience as a Division I lacrosse player at American University. The majority of research centers on the athletic identity of recovering student-athletes- the goal of Ms. Maher’s study is to better understand how they are affected in the classroom which has been lesser explored in the field. 
 
Benjamin Brock, MSW, is a student in the educational psychology doctoral program. He is currently the graduate assistant to Dr. Joseph DuCette, Senior Associate Dean of Assessment and Evaluation in the College of Education. Mr. Brock’s proposal is: “Student Emotional Distress and Academic Achievement: Investigating Possible Impacts of School Closures in the City of Philadelphia.” Mr. Brock’s presentation and research will focus on the following: 1. Do students who have been transitioned to a new school due to school closures report significantly higher levels of emotional distress than students who voluntarily moved to a new school or students who did not make a move? 2. Do students who have been transitioned to a new school due to school closures demonstrate significantly lower levels of academic achievement than students who voluntarily moved to a new school or students who did not make a move? 3. How do students interpret their circumstances? 
 
Carly Champagne received her Master’s in Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is currently in her third year for the educational psychology doctoral program here. The title of the proposal she will present is “Young children's reactions to achievement related failure and feedback.”  Ms. Champagne’s research is based on her interest in academic failure-specifically how students’ view and cope with academic failure and how these experiences impact their self-perceptions. The research data she is presenting chiefly examined how young children (ages 3 1/2 - 4 years) experience achievement related situations and feedback, and how these experiences impact things like their performance on and approach to challenges. 
 
Danielle Sutherland and Kristyn Stewart are both in their final semester of coursework for the urban education doctoral program. Their research proposal for the conference is: "Immersive Service Learning and College Students: Changes in Perception, Consciousness and Ideology." The presentation will explore their research focus which was an ethnographic case study of a week-long immersive service learning program, an “alternative spring break” where five undergraduate students had the opportunity to develop relationships with people who were experiencing poverty and homelessness by living in the impoverished community. The research also covers the students learning about social justice through activism. In addition to presenting their research at the Harvard Student Research Conference, they will also be presenting at the American Education Research Association conference in Washington DC this April. 
 
A strong congratulations is extended to these individuals, not only on their selection for this exciting opportunity but for their hard work and passion towards their areas of research! “We are proud to have graduate students that possess a relentless work ethic, critical thinking skills and research expertise that brings an uncommon drive to education!” says Assistant Dean Jason Bozzone. We hope our fellow owls enjoy the experience and wish them the best of luck in Boston!
 
Written by: Kaitlin Fitzsimmons, Graduate Intern for the office of Career and Student Development & Special Events
 
 
 
 
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