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Doctoral Students Awarded Research Initiation Grants

The College of Education has awarded ten doctoral students with Graduate Student Research Initiation Grants. The grant acknowledges students who have developed strong dissertation proposals for their area of research.

By Michelle Roche

The College of Education has awarded ten doctoral students with Graduate Student Research Initiation Grants (RIGs). The grant acknowledges students who have developed strong dissertation proposals for their area of research. 

The Research Initiation Grant program was established by the College of Education to support students in the development of their major research projects with the hope that students will locate other funding for the duration of the study. Students may use the funds for research expenses, including traveling, data collection and analysis, sponsor involvement, and research materials. 

The 2007 Graduate Student RIG Grant winners are:

  • Laurence Boggess on “Home Growing Teacher Quality Through District Partnerships with Urban Teacher Residencies”
  • Jennifer Domagal-Goldman on “Teaching for Civic Capacity & Engagement:  How Faculty Members Align Teaching with Purpose”
  • Carson Ham on “The Wounded Healer:  A Phenomenological Investigation of the Recovering Substance Abuse Counselor”
  • Betty Harper on “An Investigation of the Role of Continuous Improvement in Student Learning Outcomes”
  • Emily Janke on “Faculty-Community Partnerships:  Understanding the Effects of Organizational & Personal Identities.”
  • Hilary Knipe on “Working Memory, Reasoning and Mathematics Proficiency Elementary School Students”
  • Brenda Lutovsky on “Understanding Why College Students Cheat,”
  • Randy Patterson on “Relational Health, Perfectionism, and Eating Disorders:  Effects of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Factors on Eating Disorder Status”
  • Hector Sambolin on “The Changing Role for the University President During An Era of Accountability”
  • Hsin-I Yung on “Effects of Animated Agent with Instructional Strategies in Facilitating Student Achievement of Different Educational Objectives in Multimedia Learning”


To apply, students are required to submit documentation including a research topic, the significance of the research activity, a research plan, budget amounts, and the correlation between the expenditures and research plan. The Faculty Council's Committee on Graduate Studies and Research Policy reviews applications and awards the grants.