AACTE Holmes Program Awards Dissertation Funding Awards at #AACTE20 Preconference
Holmes Program Scholars Monique Matute-Chavarria, Claudine McLaren Turner, and Ayan Mitra are the first, second, and third place winners, respectively, in the 2020 Holmes Scholars Dissertation Funding Competition (DFC). The competition was held during the Holmes Preconference at the AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.
The DFC is a 10-minute session open to doctoral candidates to present their anticipated dissertation at the “pre-data collection” stage in a creative and compelling way. The first place awardee receives $3,000, the second place winner receives $1,250, and the third place winner receives $750 to support the finalists’ dissertation research proposal related expenses.
Matute-Chavarria is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She won the top prize for presenting her dissertation, “Families’ Beliefs of Cultural Considerations During the IEP Process: A Delphi Study.” Currently, Matute-Chavarria is an editorial assistant for Intervention in School and Clinic, a Hammill Institute of Disabilities fellow, and a graduate teaching assistant in UNLV’s Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual and Special Education.
Turner is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She was awarded second prize for delivering her dissertation, “An Ethnographic Exploration of the Socialization to Teaching and its Impact on Instructional Practice in College Physics.” She presently serves as graduate assistant, Academic Program Quality Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at UCF.
Mitra is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Carolina (USC). He earned third prize for his dissertation, “A Neuroimaging Study of Phonological Processing and Word Reading Ability in Children.” Mitra is currently a research fellow in education and neuroscience at UCF.
The Holmes Scholars Dissertation Funding Competition is supported by AACTE, National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA), Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), Teacher Education Council for State Colleges and Universities (TECSCU), and Association for Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (AILACTE).