Student Research Internship Opportunities

College of Education at the University of Oregon

Graduate Student Internship in Supporting Research in Educational Technology

Graduate Student Internship in Supporting Research in Educational Technology

 

Projects’ Titles: Project ESCOLAR (Etext Supports for Collaborative Online Learning and Academic Reading) and Project S-SOAR (Strategies for Online Academic Research)

Principal Investigator: Fatima Terrazas-Arellanes, Ph.D., fatima@uoregon.edu

 

Projects’ Description: Projects ESCOLAR and S-SOAR are both five-year studies conducted by the University of Oregon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). ESCOLAR is creating and evaluating high-quality Collaborative Online Learning (COL) units to help middle-school students explore science, collaborate with others online, and enhance learning; S-SOAR is testing and disseminating strategies for conducting effective online research and teacher professional development resources. The projects are both funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

 

Internship Activities: The Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE) within the COE is offering a graduate student internship for interested COE doctoral students. The intern will support CATE’s research and will assist with grant and paper writing on topics related to utilizing technology in education.

Student Time & Commitment: Negotiable and variable depending on the student’s needs, interests, and availability.

 

Skills Needed for Internship: Applicants should posses strong verbal and written communication skills, and experience or interest in grant writing and conducting research in school settings; preference will be given to applicants who have an interest in instructional technology.

Application Procedure: If interested, applicants must submit: (a) letter of interest, and (b) resume to Emily Walden at ewalden@uoregon.edu.

 

Spring Term is Approaching! Check Out Research Internship Opportunities

Hello fellow graduate student researchers,

It is about that time of the quarter to begin thinking about Spring Term courses! This is the perfect opportunity to consider enrolling in a research internship. The blog currently has research internship opportunities posted that are perfect for PhD students looking for research experience within some of our many research units in the College of Education.

Participating in research can give you experience with activities such as qualitative and quantitative data collection, research methodology, assessment development, validity and reliability studies, data analysis and reporting and publication.  Here at Oregon, we have many opportunities to get involved in research and I encourage you to visit the blog and explore your possibilities. You can also contact the faculty Principal Investigators directly to get additional information about projects posted.

If you have any questions, please direct them towards jtuso@uoregon.edu.

Thanks,

Jillian

Science Instructional Coach Student Internship

Project Title: ESCOLAR, eText Supports for Collaborative Online Learning and Academic Reading

Principal Investigator: Fatima Elvira Terrazas-Arellanes, PhD, fatima@uoregon.edu

Project Description:  ESCOLAR is a five-year study conducted by the University of Oregon’s Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE). The project is creating and evaluating high-quality Collaborative Online Learning (COL) units to help middle-school students explore science, collaborate with others online, and enhance learning. The project is funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Internship Activities:  Working with a team of researchers in designing and teaching online science curriculum, developing content lessons, and lesson plans. Specifically:

  • Design instructional lessons and lesson plans
  • Conduct classroom observations and instructional coaching to middle school science teachers
  • Prepare materials for instructional coaching activities
  • Conduct professional development workshops for middle school science teachers

Student Time & Commitment: Negotiable and variable depending on the students needs, interests, and availability.

Qualifications Needed for Internship: Applicants should have:

  • A bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics or a closely related field awarded within the past 4 years or, if the degree is older, recent significant employment in a biological, chemistry or related field;
  • Enrolled in Masters or PhD program from the College of Education

Internship Benefits

  • Gain classroom experience working with teachers and students
  • Apply science knowledge in a real-world environment
  • Network with schools and districts
  • Collaborate with researchers in education studies
  • Earn credit hours while getting job experience

Application Procedure:

  • Submit a letter of interest and resume, including a list of biology, chemistry, physics, and closely related courses taken and grades received (unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable) to Emily Walden at ewalden@uoregon.edu.

Key Words: science, teaching, online, coaching, collaborative learning, classroom observations

Internship with Education Community Supports

Project Title: Positive Behavior Intervention Supports 

Principal Investigator:

Kent McIntosh, kentm@uoregon.edu  &  Rob Horner, robh@uoregon.edu

Project Description:  The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. Emphasis is given to the impact of implementing PBIS on the social, emotional and academic outcomes for students with disabilities. This internship will support the Technical Assistance Center by developing and publishing Evaluation Briefs based on the PBIS database of 40 million office discipline referrals. Please visit this website to view examples of evaluation briefs already completed to date: PBIS Evaluation Briefs.

Internship Activities:  

  • Attend weekly research meetings on Mondays from 12:30 – 1:45 at Lokey 140
  • Identify evaluation questions that can be answered from the existing PBIS database
  • Collaborate with Dr. McIntosh on analysis and writing of Evaluation Briefs
  • Briefs are then posted on the www.pbis.org website and used by the states, districts, and schools implementing PBIS.

Student Time & Commitment: Negotiable and variable depending on the students needs,  interests, and availability.

Skills Needed for Internship: Some experience completing statistical analysis and in preparing a professional manuscript.

Key Words: behavior supports, evaluation, data analysis, publication, school data

Internship with Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE)

Project Title: Mathematics eText Research Center (MeTRC) 

Principal Investigator: Mark Horney, PhD, mhorney@uoregon.edu

Project Description:  MeTRC is funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to investigate reading and writing in mathematics, particularly by students with learning disabilities or vision impairments. MeTRC is currently analyzing two large data sets from research projects conducted over the past two years. The first involves a database of student interactions with an online supplemental mathematics curriculum, and seeks to understand the patterns of student behaviors as they make use the various features available in a digital reading and study environment. The second data set is a collection of mathematical explanations written by students studying fractions. This study is focused on the differences between explanations written using traditional pencil and paper tools and those available in a multimodal digital writing environment.

Internship Activities:  Working with a team of researchers in organizing and coding data, and identifying patterns in learning outcomes using a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis procedures.

Student Time & Commitment: Negotiable and variable depending on the students needs,  interests, and availability.

Skills Needed for Internship: Some practical experience in working with data in a research team and in preparing manuscripts for publication.

Key Words: mathematics, reading, writing, multimodal, data analysis

 

 

Internship: Mulitple-choice Comprehension Assessment Project

Center on Teaching and Learning

https://ctl.uoregon.edu/

Faculty Members:

Gina Biancarosa, Ed.D ginab@uoregon.edu,  and Sarah Carlson, Ph.D, carlsons@uoregon.edu

Project Description:

The MOCCA Project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to validate and refine a new measure (MOCCA) for diagnostic purposes in reading comprehension.  MOCCA was originally developed to identify the cognitive processes that take place during reading comprehension, and whether such processes are associated with reading comprehension problems in struggling readers.  To do so, readers are asked to complete a missing sentence in a short narrative text with the “best” sentence out of four options in the multiple-choice assessment.  Each option represents a specific cognitive reading comprehension process that has been identified in previous research (e.g., paraphrase, different inferences).  The “best” option completes the text in a causally coherent way so that the goal, subgoal, and resolution causally fit together.  Preliminary results from the original development of MOCCA indicate that two types of struggling readers tend to overly-rely on processes that do not help them develop causal coherence during reading when they are not choosing that “best” option.  Thus, in the current project, we will expand, test, and validate MOCCA by developing additional items that will range in grades 3-5.  Each grade level assessment will have 3 forms and will be piloted each year, including with a nationally representative sample in Years 2 and 3.  This is also a multi-site project in which data will be collected in Chico, CA with our partner Ben Seipel, Ph.D., and IRT analyses will be conducted at the University of Minnesota with our partner Mark Davison, Ph.D.

Internship Activities:

Working with a team of researchers to organize and code verbal protocol data, as well as assist in various analyses throughout the project (e.g., identification of comprehension groups based on project data; observation of IRT analyses).

Student Time Commitment:

Negotiable and variable depending on the students needs, interests, and availability.

Skills Needed:

Some practical experience in working with data in a research team.

Keywords: 

reading comprehension, assessment, struggling readers, data analysis

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the UO College of Education’s Student Research Opportunities Blog!

This blog will provide a way for faculty and research & outreach centers to circulate news about their projects and promote new ways for students to get connected. Conversely, this resource will inform COE students about various internship opportunities that can deepen research interests and skills. Regular Blog posts will keep subscribers updated about newly funded projects, new research opportunities, and potential cross-college collaboration.

If you are a faculty member or researcher in the College of Education interested in submitting a post, please contact the Blog editor, Ross Anderson, at rossa@uoregon.edu.

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