Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award

The Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Award honors the memory of Mitchell Leaska who was Professor of English at the Steinhardt School for more than 40 years. This fund awards a $5,000 non-renewable stipend to help students in financial need complete their doctoral dissertations. Awards are available to students whose doctoral programs are in mathematics education, science education or doctoral programs in applied psychology (counseling, developmental, PSI), educational sociology, or social studies education.

Award

$5,000 stipend

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to participate in this program, you must:

  • Be a doctoral student whose doctoral programs are in mathematics education, science education, applied psychology (counseling, developmental, PSI), educational sociology, or social studies education. If you are not enrolled in one of the above programs then you must provide additional justification as to why you feel your research is related to one of these fields.
  • Have an approved dissertation proposal
  • Not be the recipient of any other current dissertation support funding

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the online application
  • Provide the required supporting documents, listed below, as one rolling PDF to  Steinhardt.Research@nyu.edu
  1. Two letters of support
    • From your dissertation chair and
    • From one other individual who is not a member of the dissertation committee but who is familiar with your work;
  2. 10-page synosis of dissertation proposal
    • Should not exceed 10 pages (minimum Arial 11 pt font, 1/2" margins, double spaced) excluding all pictures, graphs, and tables).
    • The following sections must be included:
      • Background & Significance
      • Program Overview, Design, and Procedures
      • Dissemination
  3. The outcome of review letter from the proposal defense;
  4. IRB Approval Letter
  5. Timeline for completion of dissertation
  6. Budget narrative indicating how the funds will be used.
  7. If required, additional justification of how your proposal fits within one of the programs of interest (only required for students whose doctoral program is outside of those listed in the eligibility criteria).

Deadlines:

  • October 1, 2014 for November award
  • February 2, 2015 for March award

Award decisions will be made within 30 days after deadline and awards will be made shortly thereafter.

Previous Recipients

Spring 2014

 
Jonathan Friedman
International Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dissertation Title: Crafting Cosmopolitanism?  Elite Socialization and the Global Grammar of American and British Universities
 
Allison Friedman-Krauss
Psychological Development, Applied Psychology
Dissertation Title: Instability in Education Settings During Preschool and Elementary School: Influences on Children’s Self-Regulation and Academic Success
 
Rachel Garver
Urban Education, Teaching and Learning
Dissertation Title: Stratification of Educational Opportunity within Segregated Minority Schools
 
Meghan McCormick
Psychology & Social Intervention, Applied Psychology
Dissertation Title: Insights into Social-Emotional Learning and Achievement: An Approach for Strengthening Causal Inference

 

Fall 2013

Justina Grayman
Psychology and Social Intervention, Applied Psychology
Dissertation Proposal: Challenging the Assumption of Spontaneous Collective Action: Community Organizers' Messages that Predict Future Collective Action.


Spring 2013

Catherine Voulgardes
Sociology of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Dissertation Proposal: Special Education Law and Disproportionality: Does Compliance Really Matter.