Fellowships awarded to institutional research grad students

July 20, 2009

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) awarded 11 Penn State College of Education graduate students a fellowship to attend the prestigious National Summer Data Policy Institute at the Bolger Center in Potomac, Md., June 21 - 27.

The students are enrolled in the Institutional Research (IR) graduate certificate program at Penn State. Led by Fred Volkwein, emeritus professor of education, the program is designed to provide students with the skills that support institutional planning and policy formation.

Ying (Jessie) Liu, Kadian McIntosh, and Andrew Nichols are the resident graduate students who received a fellowship. The online graduate students are: Jean Constable, Texas; Mary Flagg, Pa.; Mary Jo Harmon and Marilyn Valencia, both of Ohio; Ben Klimczak, Conn.; Sally Mikel, Ill.; Margaret Moreman, Ga.; and Kelli Rainey, N.C.

About 50 fellowships are awarded each year to attend the one-week program, which introduces students to intensive instruction on the use of data sets from the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics, both of which provide support for the institute. Fellows also use large national data sources to learn about research methodologies.

“It’s quite an achievement for this many of our students to be selected given the limited number of fellowships available. I’m proud of the talent and effort it took for each student to be selected,” said Volkwein.

  • IMAGE: Sally Mikel

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