U.S. Department of Education Awards NYU Steinhardt $4 Million to Train Next Generation of Educational Researchers

Steinhardt’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) has received a $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to train students to conduct research in a range of areas in the field.

“Education is a cornerstone to a nation’s well-being—from spurring economic growth through an effectively trained workforce to serving as a gateway to pursue the American dream,” says Pamela Morris, director of IHDSC and a professor of applied psychology in NYU’s Steinhardt. “Therefore, it is vital to understand which policies and practices are most effective in educating our students.

“To do so, we must train the next generation of researchers so they are prepared to undertake the rigorous, interdisciplinary research necessary to evaluate what is working in the classroom and what is not, and how families and communities can additionally support student learning.”

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

The five-year grant will support students in IES’s Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program, an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. This current phase of the IES-PIRT will be housed at a select number of universities across the country, including: NYU, Stanford, Northwestern, the University of Virginia, and the University of Chicago.

Under the grant, NYU will offer doctoral students two- or three-year training fellowships that annually include tuition and benefits, $30,000 stipends, and a research fund. These students will participate in an interdisciplinary core curriculum focused on quantitative training and data science as well as the development of expertise in the following areas: enhancing outcomes beyond test scores and understanding the impact of policy influences on education–key areas for the next generation of research in education sciences.

Fellows will receive additional training through seminars, workshops, and mentored research apprenticeships with NYU faculty. They will also participate in practice/policy internships to learn how to apply practice, policy, and research skills to one or more areas of education science, understand and analyze sets of roles and processes within education practice/policy organizations, and integrate theory and research with education practice/policy toward new directions for education science. Partnerships with the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, MDRC and American Institutes for Research, and the New York City Department of Education will expand opportunities for doctoral training in this program.

Editor’s Note:
The IES-PIRT program is administered by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC). The Institute brings together faculty members from across multiple units within New York University, including the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, Human Development, The Wagner School of Public Service, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. For more, please visit:http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/ihdsc/iespirt.