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Steinhardt Doctoral Student wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Patrice Ryce, a doctoral student in school psychology at NYU Steinhardt, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The $30,000 award is renewable for three years.

Ryce is the project director of an ongoing study, funded by the Foundation for Child Development, called "Longitudinal Immigrant Families and Teachers Study" (LIFTS), for which Selcuk Sirin, assistant professor of applied psychology, is primary investigator. LIFTS is a three-wave study that examines the influence of cultural discontinuity on teachers' academic achievement expectancies for children of immigrants. Cultural discontinuity refers to differences in culture between home and school contexts. Teachers, the majority of whom are Euro-American, may potentially misunderstand immigrant students' aptitudes or abilities due to cultural differences.

Ryce's research will focus on the role of parental involvement in math and science achievement among children of immigrants. She will investigate the extent to which parental involvement moderates the relationship between cultural discontinuity and achievement in math and science.