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National Resource Center announces 2007-2008 Fidler Grant Recipient

Sept. 28, 2007. Columbia, SC - Today the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition announces that Eunyoung Kim, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant. 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. The abstract from Eunyoung Kim's winning proposal appears below.

Eunyoung Kim

Acculturation Experiences and College Transitions of
Minority Immigrant Students

This study investigates how immigrant students negotiate a sense of membership in the college context, an important ingredient for a successful transition to college, through an examination of their web of social ties and relationships. Using in-depth interviews with 30 ethnic minority immigrant students at a large public institution, this research provides a better understanding of challenges immigrant students face during their first- to second-year college transition, presents alternative ways of conceptualizing their collegiate experiences, and offers insights into the ways in which higher education communities can better serve the needs of these students.

In its third year, the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant has become a well-respected and highly competitive grant program. The Center received 91 proposals from researchers and practitioners. This year, in addition to proposals from throughout the United States, there were submissions from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Poland. Among the outstanding research projects selected as finalists were:

  • Dr. Heath Boice-Pardee and Dr. Nicole Boulais of Rochester Institute of Technology, for their study entitled Revealing The Sophomore Transition: A Mixed-Method Analysis of Student Development

  • Dr. Brian Bourke of the University of Alabama, for his study entitled African American Students in Predominantly White Universities: Persistence Beyond the First Year

  • Dr. Pamela Steinke, Chun-Ju Wan, and Michelle Crossley at North Carolina State University for their study entitled How Personality and Social Factors Impact Undergraduate Success in the First Two Years

  • Peter Swerdzewski and Dr. Sara Finney of James Madison University, for their study entitled A Longitudinal Analysis of Student Worry During the First Two Years of College

  • Dr. Paul Turman of South Dakota Board of Regents for his study entitled Engaging Adult Learners: A Longitudinal and Spatial Analysis of Non-Traditional Student Transition

Past Recipients:
2006-2007 - Dr. Barbara Hofer of Middlebury College for her study entitled The Electronic Tether: Parental Regulation, Self-Regulation, and the Role of Technology in College Transitions

2005-2006 - Christine and Michael Kirk-Kuwaye of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for their study entitled  A Study of Engagement Patterns of Lateral and Vertical Transfer Students During their First Semester at a Public Research University

 
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