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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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Amanda’s New Job!

Dr. Amanda Butz was a long time lab member who recently obtained her doctorate in educational psychology and is now a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin. We checked in with her to see how things are going. As a post-doc, she is a part of a three-person research team researching two grant-funded projects that …

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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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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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