INTERNS & SCHOLARS
Undergraduate Research Scholars apply for the MEP internship opportunity through the College of Letters & Science, and are mentored by MEP Co-Director, Eric Grodsky. Through their internship, the scholars conduct research thematically aligned with MEP Directed work, giving them the opportunity to have a hands-on experience investigating pressing problems of policy and practice in public education. At the end of their internship, URS students present their findings to the MEP Directors and Steering Committee as well as at an annual Symposium hosted by the University.
The 2016–2017 cohort of Undergraduate Research Scholars, Noor Hammad, Samantha Chase, and Kelly Giuliano, all students in Sociology, focused their research on programmatic elements of four-year-old kindergarten. Their research provided valuable information regarding school readiness and effectiveness of previous 4 year-old Kindergarten curriculum and assessments.
- Hammad conducted an observational study of 4K ELL student interactions with teachers and peers.
- Guiliano compared four curricular programs for 4K classrooms.
- Chase compared three different 4K assessments - PALS, IGDI and GOLD.
The 2017-2018 cohort of Undergraduate Research Scholars will focus their research on causes and effects of chronic absenteeism in early grades and research on available interventions intended to reduce chronic absenteeism in schools
MEP Graduate Student Internships in the Education Sciences are established through a partnership with UW-Madison’s Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences. Supervised by MEP Co-Directors, graduate student researchers provide the district with deeper contextual information topically aligned with current MEP research and of interest to district leadership. Internships also serve to satisfy program requirements of the scholars training program. Research produced by the graduate scholars is presented to the MEP Directors, Steering Committee and District leadership.
In 2017–2018, MEP will support two graduate research scholars focused on research topics in 4K.
Elizabeth Premo, graduate student in social work, is developing a review and comparison of literature assessments for 4K students. Her research topic was designed in response to the district’s need for an overview of options for 4K literature assessments.
Garrett Hall, graduate student in educational psychology, is conducting a year-long observational study looking at how 4K teachers build early numeracy skills, with particular attention to English language learners.
Our Communications Intern in 2017–2018 was Jonathan Mills, a student of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a focus in Journalistic Reporting and Broadcasting. Jonathan contributed to the development of a long-term communications strategy, assisted with the release of MEP research briefs, assisted with the development and implementation of MEP special events, and managed our social media presence.
If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to work with MEP please contact the Project Manager, Amanda Kruger at firstname.lastname@example.org.