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Student Congratulations (compiled Jan. 2011)

An article acknowledging College of Education students for their accomplishments

Shawn Datchuk, doctoral candidate in the Special Education program, has been selected by the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children (DR-CEC) to participate in the 2010–2011 cohort of Doctoral Student Scholars in Special Education Research.

Ten DR-CEC Doctoral Student Scholars were selected in a national competition. They will participate in an online seminar and discussion series designed to foster connections among students at different universities and contribute to raising the standard of research in the field through sustained inquiry into the question, “What makes for excellence in special education research?” Seminars will be led by noted scholars recognized for making outstanding contributions to the field, including Karen Harris of Vanderbilt University, Stephanie Al Otaiba of Florida State University, and Michael Wehmeyer of the University of Kansas.



Hongli Li, a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Psychology program, is one of four recipients nationwide who were awarded the 2010 Spaan Fellowship by the University of Michigan English Language Institute; and one of 10 recipients of the 2011 TOEFL Doctoral Dissertation Grants awarded by Educational Testing Services.

Hongli’s awards will support her dissertation research to detect latent skill differences between ESL students from different linguistic backgrounds using state-of-the-art sophisticated cognitive diagnostic modeling and differential skill functioning techniques. Her research is expected to provide important information to guide curriculum and instruction for English language learners from different countries.