Announcements for Feb. 26th:
( many of last week's announcements take place this week or next, see archive or sidebar for specific events)

EAD Colleagues and PhD Students:

Please see the attached announcement for EAD Doctoral Research Small Grants. PhD students are eligible regardless of full-time, part-time, or graduate assistantship work commitments. Grants must be used to support research expenses (not living expenses or salary) and are designed for students who have not yet reached the final stages of writing a dissertation. Rather, they are intended to encourage students who are conceiving of and building research projects to be more ambitious in their work.

DEADLINE IS 5 PM on MONDAY, MARCH 8. Applications are submitted electronically. No letter of recommendation is needed from a faculty member, but students MUST have an Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file with the department and advisors must send me an email to this effect.

Students can contact Professor Kristen Renn ( with questions.

Call for Proposals: EAD Doctoral Research Small Grants

Deadline: 5 pm Monday, March 8 (during spring break)

Eligibility: A one-time award for advanced doctoral students in EAD (K-12 or HALE), no restrictions on full- or part-time employment or assistantship time. To be considered, student must have a current Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file in EAD by March 19, 2010. See your advisor and

Eligible Expenses: This funding comes from the College of Education Dean's Office with the following stipulations:

These new funds must be spent on research expenses (see the following suggested list of appropriate expenses). The minimum award is $1000 and the maximum award is $4000. Remember, these funds are for hard costs, not to free up time; they can go to pay for other labor costs, however (like data entry). So these funds would not go to students in the final stages of writing, but to those who are conceiving of and building these projects, to encourage them to consider more ambitious, independent dissertations or pilot studies.

Here are the sorts of expenses that we could anticipate from various fields (this is not an exhaustive list, but it suggests the sort of investments that students can make in constructing bigger and stronger dissertations):

o Testing/validating original survey instruments with focus groups or in cognitive labs
o Acquiring a commercially available instrument that will be given to a new population
o Providing incentives to schools to encourage participation of faculty, staff, and students (e.g., donation to a library/media center)
o Providing direct incentives to interview or survey participants (e.g., gift card to a book store)
o Offering refreshments or tokens of appreciation to focus groups (e.g., MSU t-shirts for high school students who participate in focus groups)
o Funding postage/mailing/copying costs for hard copy surveys or to purchase an online survey hosting account
o Travel to data collection sites
o Data entry/transcription labor costs

Award Amounts and Disbursement: $1000-4000, to be disbursed in late March 2010

Application Process: Submit electronically, as a single PDF, the following:
1. Application form (see attached)
2. Brief description of project, no more than 2 pages single-spaced including Purpose, Research Questions, Rationale or Significance, Data Collection and Analysis Plan
3. A one paragraph summary of your project's needs
4. Detailed budget
5. Any other sources of funding that you have or have applied for to support this project (include research grants, College of Education, Graduate School, MSU, and any other internal or external sources). If you have applied, indicate whether or not you got funded and the amount (if the application is pending, please indicate so).

Name the pdf file "lastnamePhDResearch.pdf" and send to Ms. Irene Unkefer (

In addition, please have your advisor email directly to HALE Professor Kristen Renn ( a short message verifying that you are in good academic standing, that the project is in support of your PhD program, and that you have an Annual Evaluation of PhD Student form on file with the department.

Kristen A. Renn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education
Michigan State University
428 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
517-353-5979 (ph)
517-884-1392 (fax)
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