Monday, October 13, 2014

Grad Student Council: Happy Hour, Newsletter, & More!

The EPE GSC is having another Happy Hour this Thursday at 6:30pm at the Local Taco on Limestone. Students, faculty, staff, and friends are welcome!

Also, at the next department colloquium on Thursday, October 23rd at 5:30pm, the GSC would like to organize a potluck following the talk. Please bring a dish to share.

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The Mock Conference is now scheduled for November 14th. Post-quals students are encouraged to submit a proposal for a short presentation, but any student in the department is allowed to present their ideas at any stage in the research process. Interested students can contact Sheryl Means at, or submit their proposal through the GSC website.

See the October newsletter for more events coming up:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fwd: 2014-2015 Fidler Grant Recipients

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National Resource Center announces 2014 - 2015 Fidler Grant Recipients


Columbia, SC - The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition named Diane Cardenas Elliott, an affiliated researcher at Bloomsburg University, and Joni M. Lakin, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technonlogy at Auburn University the recipients of the 2014 – 2015 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant. The Center will publicly acknowledge Elliot and Larkin during its 21st National Conference on Students in Transition, held October 18 – 20, 2014 in Denver, CO.


The grant, designed to encourage and enable scholarly research on issues related to college student transitions, includes a financial stipend and travel to two national conferences. Completed research funded by the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant is featured in the Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Elliot and Larkin's study is entitled STEMing the Shock: "Transfer Shock" and its Impact on STEM Major and Enrollment Persistence. The abstract appears below:


Students who transfer between two- and four-year institutions often experience "transfer shock" or a reduction in academic performance during this critical transition. Research suggests transfer shock, although temporary may reduce student persistence in their major. Using a mixed methods approach, this study explores the role transfer shock plays in STEM major and degree persistence. More specifically, we examine the impact of transfer shock on persistence by understanding how STEM majors experience transfer shock and exploring the student and institutional factors that affect transfer shock and academic success. Results will have important implications for creating a viable community college-STEM career pathway.


In its tenth year, the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant has become a well-respected and highly competitive grant program. The Center received many strong proposals from researchers and practitioners throughout the United States. The three other outstanding research projects selected as finalists were:

  • Jill Bradley-Levine of the University of Indianapolis and her study entitled A Comparative Study of Early College High School Students' Transition to and Persistence in Higher Education.
  • Heather Harris and S. Jeanne Horst of James Madison University and their study entitled The Use of Propensity Score Matching Techniques to Estimate the Effects of University Interventions.
  • Rebecca Christensen of the University of Michigan and her study entitled "Healing the World": Exploring the Influence of a Residential Learning Community on First-Year Students' Social Justice Conceptualizations, Attitudes, and Behaviors.    


Dallin George Young, Assistant Director of Research, Grants, and Assessment at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, led the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant selection process. He anticipates Elliott and Lakin's research will significantly contribute to the national discussion on understanding the factors that support transfer student success.


"This ambitious project is very promising because it will shed light on how transfer shock is manifest in ways that depend on the academic programs transfer students choose.  Most importantly, this knowledge will better equip faculty and staff to develop approaches to help increase transfer student success in science, technology, engineering, and math. The results are likely to point to means of moving away from 'one size fits all' approaches for supporting transfer students, particularly those majoring in STEM areas."


The application window for the 2015-2016 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant will open April 1, 2015 and closes July 1, 2015.  Past recipients of the grant include:


·             2013-2014 – Forrest Lane and Georgianna Martin, Examining the Importance of Attachment and Engagement in Predicting GPA across Stages of Transfer Student Transition

·             2012-2013 – Jacob Okumu, Developmental meaning-making dynamics of emancipated foster care youth transitioning into higher education: A Constructivist-Grounded Theory   

·             2011-2012 – Kristin Moser, Redefining Transfer Student Success: Transfer Capital and the Laanan-Transfer Students' Questionnaire (L-TSQ) Revisited

·             2010-2011 - Paul J. McLoughlin II, High-Achieving Low-Income Students: How Low-Income Students on Full Financial Aid are Navigating an Elite College Environment

·             2009-2010 – Rachel Smith, Connected in Learning: A Mixed Methods Study of First-year Students' Academic and Social Networks

·             2008-2009 – Maryellen Mills, Student Success Course Participation and Engagement among Part-time and Full-Time Community College Students

·             2007-2008 – Dr. Eunyoung Kim, Acculturation Experiences and College Transitions of Minority Immigrant Students

·             2006-2007 – Dr. Barbara Hofer, The Electronic Tether: Parental Regulation, Self-Regulation, and the Role of Technology in College Transitions

·             2005-2006 – Christine and Michael Kirk-Kuwaye, A Study of Engagement Patterns of Lateral and Vertical Transfer Students During their First Semester at a Public Research University



Dallin George Young, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Research, Grants, and Assessment

National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

University of South Carolina



[office] 803.777.2134

[address] 1718 College Street, Columbia, SC  29208


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Graduate Student Council Survey & Newsletter

Greetings and Happy Wednesday!

Attached is the EPE GSC Newsletter for September. In it, you will find information about upcoming events.

Also, please complete our fall survey (link below). It should take 5-10 minutes and will give us a better idea of what events everyone is interested in and when to schedule them. It also gives you an opportunity to offer anonymous feedback to the department and the GSC about any concerns you may have regarding your graduate school experience.

Thank you!

EPE Graduate Student Council

Monday, September 15, 2014

Third Thursday EPE Happy Hour

Hello EPE Students, Faculty, and Staff!

We're going to have our first Third Thursday Happy Hour event this Thursday, September 18th at 6:30pm after Proseminar. We will meet in the seating area between Dickey and Taylor to walk down to the Local Taco, or you can just meet us there.

Hope to see you then!

EPE Graduate Student Council

Friday, September 12, 2014

Grad Student Council @ Mellow Mushroom Tonight

Just a reminder that we're meeting at Mellow Mushroom tonight at 6pm for our first social of the semester. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend.

See you there!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fwd: SSRC Predissertation Fellowship Opportunities for Grad Students

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Program Overview

Fellowship Terms




October 15, 2014

2015 Student Fellowship Competition Now Open

Program Overview

Photo credit: 2013 fellow Elle Wang

The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program is an interdisciplinary training program that helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate doctoral dissertation research proposals. The program seeks students with an interest in learning how their proposals can be strengthened through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. To that end, the program offers workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing opportunities guided by faculty mentorship and peer review.

Fellowship Terms

Fall workshop in Cambridge, MA
Photo credit: 2013 fellow
Jackson Bartlett

Fellows must attend spring and fall workshops led by experienced faculty. The spring workshop prepares fellows to undertake summer exploratory research, while the fall workshop helps fellows draw lessons from their summer research experiences and develop their dissertation and funding proposals. Fellows must also conduct at least 6 weeks of summer research and refine drafts of their proposals through an online and interactive writing platform in preparation for the fall workshop.

Students may apply for up to $5,000 to cover summer research costs. Travel and accommodations to attend both workshops, as well as most meals, are covered by the DPDF Program.


The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship is open to pre-ABD doctoral students who are enrolled in PhD programs at accredited universities within the United States. Students in the humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines are welcome to apply.  For more information on eligibility and selection criteria, please visit our website.


For more details about the program and how to apply, please go to

Program staff are available at to answer additional questions.

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