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Gibbs Earns $300K NSF Grant


Chloe Gibbs, an assistant professor of economics and Fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has won a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effects of parenting education and length of day care on long-term child educational outcomes.

Four ESS Grads Awarded Fulbright Grants

Four graduates of the Education, Schooling and Society program earned the chance to carry on this tradition of service when they were awarded Fulbright grants to teach abroad next year. Nadia Braun will teach in Russia, Anthony Nguyen will teach in Ecuador, and Trini Bui will teach in Vietnam. A fourth student, Adam Moeller, was awarded a Fulbright grant but decided to pursue graduate school at Stanford University so that he could go directly into teaching in the United States.

Narvaez Named Winner of Expanded Reason Award for Research

The award was given by University Francisco de Vitoria and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation to recognize innovation in scientific research and academic programs based on Benedict XVI’s proposal to broaden the horizons of reason. 

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Narvaez Guides Templeton Grant Project on Civic Virtues

The “Self, Virtue and Public Life Project,” which began this week and runs through 2021, will fund research projects, conferences, edited volumes, and community outreach activities.Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez is helping lead a $3.9 million Templeton Religion Trust grant that will support new research on civic virtues.

McNeil Named as APS Fellow

McNeil APS Fellow

Nicole McNeil, the Director of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, an ACE Professor of Psychology, and a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been selected as a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

The Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. Fellow status is awarded to members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and application.

NSF Grant to Captivate Kids About Engineering


How can life experiences spark an interest in engineering among traditionally underrepresented youth? Research led in part by Institute Fellow Gina Navoa Svarovsky with the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education has received a $300,000 grant from the NSF


Chen to Lead $1.4 Million Project to Improve Assessment Testing for High School Students


Ying Alison Cheng, associate professor of psychology and fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame, will lead a $1.4 million project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences to develop the intelligent diagnostic assessment program (i-DAP) for high school statistics education. 

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Darcia Narvaez Named AERA Fellow


Notre Dame psychology professor and Institute fellow Darcia Narvaez, a nationally known expert on moral development, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. She co-directs a "Self, Motivation, and Virtue" initiative alongside other research and writing. See video from AERA..

$1m Grant for CREO Vouchers Study


A three-year grant from the Spencer Foundation will allow CREO to conduct an in-depth study of impacts from Indiana's vouchers policy. See coverage in Indiana Education Insight , Transforming Education through Technology (THE Journal)and Campus Technology.