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Research Initiation Grants Awarded to Three Faculty in Fall 2007

Article about the winners of Research Initiation Grants in the Fall 2007 semester

by Joe Savrock

Three College of Education faculty members were awarded Research Initiation Grants (RIGs) in the Fall 2007 semester. RIGs are designed to help College faculty members incubate their developmental research ideas in anticipation of pursuing external funding for the full study.

RIG awards generally are in the amount of $9,000 or somewhat below. The awards may be used to support travel to libraries or research sites, to collect and analyze data, to develop instrumentation, to meet with potential sponsors, to seek a release from teaching, to purchase research materials, or to fund a research assistant.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty of the College of Education at University Park are eligible to apply for the grants. For more information, please visit http://www.ed.psu.edu/research/rigp.htm

The Fall 2007 winners were:

Gerald LeTendre
$9,000
Teachers Quality in Global Perspective: Intensification, Specialization and Transnational Mobility

Barbara Schaefer
$9,000
Pilot Testing of IQ and Behavior Rating Measures for School-Aged Youth in Kathmandu, Nepal

Deborah Smith
$6,750
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