Ellen Usher

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Chelsea Adams recognized in UKnow Story

Our own lab member, and soon to be lab alumna, Chelsea Adams, has been featured in this UKnow story. Chelsea joined our lab five years ago as a sophomore. This weekend we celebrate her Master’s degree and her enormous contributions to the research our lab conducts. Because of Chelsea, we have been able to shed …

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Lab at AERA 2017 in San Antonio

Members of our research lab presented research at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Antonio, Texas, last week. They had a chance to converse with outstanding scholars in the field of motivation and educational psychology, including Bernie Weiner, Ed Deci, Dale Schunk, Jacque Eccles, Mimi Bong, Judy Harackiewicz, and Tim …

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Reflecting on fall 2016 projects and activities

As our fall semester comes to a close, each lab member had an opportunity to present the semester’s focal project to the full group. Students in the lab are currently working on 11 projects in many domains, including music education, physical education, teaching students with autism, mindfulness and motivation, stigma consciousness, sources of language learning …

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Lab members present at Spring Research Conference

All members of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab have been involved in spring research presentations at the tri-university (University of Louisville, University of Cincinnati, UK) Spring Research Conference on education and at the Kentucky Psychological Foundation’s Spring Academic Conference. Here is a list of presentations made this spring. All presentations will be available soon on …

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Welcome Pilvi Peura – Our Visiting Scholar!

This year, we have visiting scholar Pilvi Peura, joining our lab.  Pilvi is a doctoral student in Special Educatio n from Finland. Pilvi made the decision to join the lab because we are currently one of the few research labs studying self-efficacy in primary schools, which is her main interest. She gained interest in the …

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Meet our new undergraduate students!

This semester we have six new students who joined our lab: Madelyn, Jordan, Caitlyn, Haley, Shawn, and Alicia! We asked each of them to share something about themselves and what they most look forward to doing in the lab. Madelyn is excited to get the real life experience of working in a lab rather than …

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Chelsea Adams receives Eller/Billings Award for her thesis on Appalachia

Congratulations to Chelsea Adams who has received a 2015 Eller/Billings Award for her research on the self-beliefs of adolescents from rural Appalachia. Chelsea is a second-year Master’s student in educational psychology. Her thesis research will explore how students’ awareness of stigma is related to their academic motivation and achievement.

Congratulations Dr. Butz!

Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Butz on the successful defense of her dissertation study, “Connecting the Dots: Social Capital and the College-Going Beliefs of Rural Appalachian Students”! We are so proud of all the work Amanda has done not only in her own research but in making our research lab what it is. Congratulations, Dr. Butz! Dissertation Abstract …

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Lab members present MARA research at upcoming research conference on Appalachia

Educational psychology graduate students and undergraduate members of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab led by Dr. Ellen Usher will be presenting research papers on a panel at the upcoming UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase. The panel, entitled “Exploring Contextual Influences on Students’ Educational Beliefs in an Eastern Kentucky School District,” will feature …

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Lab Alumnus, Ashley Hall, to work at Univ. of Maryland

Ashley Taylor Hall, lab alumnus and recent graduate of the Master’s program in educational psychology has landed a position as a data analyst for the Office of Extended Studies program at the University of Maryland. She will be responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting for Office of Extended Studies programs. She will also assist …

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