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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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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!