Nine New Projects Awarded Fall 2020 COVID-19 Seed Funds

by College of Education  /   Dec 23, 2020

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The Bureau of Educational Research and the College Research Committee are pleased to announce nine Fall 2020 COVID-19 seed grant awards.

The Spring 2020 research seed funding program infused new energy and focus in research within the College of Education. There are many discoveries to look forward to from the projects now underway with the College's support, and from future externally-supported projects that will extend and grow this important research.

The awards are as follows: 

  • Access and Engagement in Online Doctor of Education Programs during the Dual Pandemic. Hyun-Sook Kang, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, PI; Jon Hale, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Co-PI; Nicholas Burbules, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Co-PI; Yoon Pak, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Co-PI
  • Virtual Writing Intervention for Low-Income, Below-Proficient High School Writers. Amber Ray, Special Education, PI
  • Educating Undergraduates about Racial Microaggressions, Using a Serious Educational Game. Jennifer Cromley, Educational Psychology, PI; Andrea Kunze, Educational Psychology, Graduate Student; Esther Wang, College of Education, Undergraduate Student
  • Exploring the Transfer Receptive Culture for Latinx Community College Students at the University of Illinois During COVID-19. José Del Real Viramontes, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, PI; Marielisbet Perez, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Graduate Student; Tasha Robles, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Graduate Student
  • Developing Robust Methods for Evaluating Policy Impacts in the Time of COVID-19. Ge Jiang, Educational Psychology, PI; Lixin Wu, Educational Psychology, Graduate Student; Tianshu Qu, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Student
  • Teacher Hiring Before, During, and After a Pandemic. Paul Bruno, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, PI
  • Addressing COVID-19 Health Disparities in Champaign and Urbana with Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Engagement. Melissa Goodnight, Educational Psychology, PI; Cherie Avent, Educational Psychology, Co-PI; Nidia Ruedas-Gracia, Educational Psychology, Co-PI; Emily Stone, Bureau of Educational Research, Co-PI
  • Supporting Preschoolers' Motor Development During Remote Learning: Teachers' Challenges And Strategies. Michaelene Ostrosky, Special Education, PI; Catherine Cheung, Special Education, Graduate Student
  • Teachers' Social Networks in Schools: How Principal Leadership Practice and Racial Context Matter. Jennifer Nelson, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, PI; Katrina Hasan Hamilton, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, Graduate Student; Rachel Fish, New York University, External Consultant

For detailed descriptions of all seed projects supported, please visit COVID-19 Seed Awards.