Ellen Usher

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Meet our visiting scholar, Dekant Kiran!

This year, we have visiting scholar Dekant Kiran, joining our lab.  Dekant is a doctoral student from Turkey. Dekant made the decision to join the lab because of this interest in motivation and self-efficacy. He gained interest in the lab when he was reading articles written by Dr. Usher. His current program offers for him …

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Welcome new and returning lab members

The P20 Motivation and Learning Lab is thrilled to welcome five new undergraduate researchers to our team this fall in addition to five students who are returning to spend their second year with us in the lab. We also welcome a visiting doctoral scholar from Turkey, Dekant Kiran, two new doctoral students, and two new graduate …

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Dr. Tasha Mamaril accepts position with UIUC’s College of Engineering

Recent PhD graduate Dr. Natasha Mamaril has accepted a position as Coordinator of Undergraduate Research with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. Tasha’s collaborations with numerous undergraduate research members of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab has prepared her well for this exciting new step in her career. She is looking forward to working with …

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Amanda named 2014 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow

Amanda Butz has been named a 2014 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. Congratulations Amanda!

Student lab members present at local and national conferences in April

P20 Motivation and Learning Lab members presented research at four different conferences in April!

Congratulations, Dr. Mamaril!

Natasha Mamaril successfully defended her dissertation study, “Measuring Undergraduate Students’ Engineering Self-Efficacy: A Scale Validation Study.” Congratulations, Dr. Mamaril!

Amanda Butz receives multiple dissertation research honors

Amanda Butz, our research assistant, has been named one of 61 finalists for a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation dissertation fellowship. She was also accepted to the American Educational Research Association Division C’s professional seminar for doctoral students.
Congratulations, Amanda, on these well-earned honors!

Call for Posters: UKY Children at Risk conference

The fourth annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference for Research on Children at Risk will be held at the University of Kentucky in Lexington on April 17th and 18th, 2014. Send abstract to Dr. Christia Spears Brown (christia.brown@nulluky.edu) by March 14, 2014.
Posters will be printed by the Psychology department and authors of posters selected for presentation will receive prizes!

2014 Spring Research Conference (SRC): Call for Proposals

This year the University of Cincinnati is hosting SRC in Cincinnati, OH on April 12, 2014. Deadline to submit the abstract is March 8, 2014.

MARA Survey continues: Spring 2014

Survey administration for the Motivation and Achievement in Rural Appalachia (MARA) project is continued in January.