Congratulations to Jamie Amemiya who was awarded Outstanding Presenter at the 2016 University of Pittsburgh Arts & Sciences Graduate Student Organization Exposition. The award was given for presentation of her work with Tara Hofkens and Ming-Te Wang titled “Teacher Theories of Math Ability, Instructional Style, and Student Math Outcomes during High School”. The Grad Expo features work from graduate students across disciplines within the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences.
Congratulations go out to undergraduate lab member, Kaitlin Bodnar, who has been selected to present her work with graduate student, Tara Hofkens, titled “Strengths and Limitations of Girl Power: An Examination of Mindset and Stereotype Belief on Science Achievement” at the 16th Annual Stanford University Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The mission of the Stanford Conference is to “promote psychological science and the professional development of psychology students by facilitating professional networking and the sharing of high-quality psychological research“, and showcases original undergraduate research from across the country. The conference will be held May 20th and 21st at Stanford University.
Congratulations to Jamie Amemiya on being awarded the Tim Post Award for Excellence in Research for her paper titled: Leaders and followers in juvenile offending: Distinguishing correlates and adjustment to incarceration. The award is given to a psychology graduate student to recognize research excellence. Tim Post was a graduate student in cognitive psychology who earned his PhD in 1986. Shortly after graduating, he was diagnosed with leukemia. In his final months of life, his family asked that a memorial award be set up to honor his memory. The Tim Post Award plaque is on display in the first floor lobby display case. The plaque contains the names of award recipients from 1988 to the present.
This article was recently written up about how seeking student’s input is indispensable when gauging student engagement. The article cites our lab’s research findings and quotes from Dr. Wang throughout!
Congratulations to Daniela on accepting a teaching position at Wissahickon Charter School in Philadelphia! Daniela recieved her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Spanish and certificate in Western European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is working on getting a Masters in Special Education with dual certification in special education and English for grades 7-12. Furthermore, she is working in the Developmental and Motivation Research Laboratory as a graduate researcher. Daniela will begin in the fall as a Learning Specialist for the school’s 7th & 8th grade.
Congratulations to Nancy Mangels on receiving the Fulbright Scholarship! Nancy Mangels is an undergraduate student in the Psychology in Education Department. Studying Economics with a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology, she is currently an undergraduate researcher in the Developmental and Motivation Research Laboratory. Beginning in January 2016, Nancy will study and work as an English teacher assistant in Malaysia. The Fulbright program bestows a highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists.
Dr. Ming-Te Wang was awarded with an Early Career Research Award from the Society for Research in Child Development at their 2015 Biennial Meeting. His award, for contributions to Child Development, was presented for helping to cross-fertilize developmental and educational research, for advancing the conceptualization and operationalization of student motivation and engagement within and across classroom and school contexts, and for unpacking the sociocultural, biological, and psychological mechanisms underlying gender differences in STEM interests and choices.