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The Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. In addition to funding doctoral students from the seven affiliated departments across NYU the program includes a proseminar series. The series brings together presentations by both NYU and external experts who will help to introduce, reintroduce, and consolidate students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are open to the public (note that anyone unaffiliated with IHDSC may be asked to provide a photo ID at the security desk). Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are scheduled at 12:00pm-1:30pm in Kimball Hall, 246 Greene Street, Room 607W.

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

September 16

Dr. Nora Gordon

Associate Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Title: What Makes Research Relevant and Convincing


September 30

Dr. Paul Morgan

Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University

Title: Are Schools in the U.S. South Using Special Education to Segregate Students by Race?


October 21

Dr. Maria Fitzpatrick

Director of Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and Associate Professor, Cornell University

Title: Beyond Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: The Role of Teachers and Schools in Reporting Child Maltreatment

November 4

Dr. George Farkas

Professor, University of California, Irvine

Title: District-level Achievement Gaps Explain Black and Hispanic Over-representation in Special Education


November 18

Dr. Diane Schanzenbach

Director of Institute for Policy Research and Professor, Northwestern University

Title: Increasing Children's Access to Breakfast