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National Resource Center announces 2011-2012 Fidler Grant Recipient

October 20, 2011

Columbia, SC - The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition named Kristin Moser, a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, the recipient of the 2011- 2012 Paul P. Fidler Research Grant. The Center publicly acknowledged Moser during its 18th National Conference on Students in Transition, which was held October 8-10, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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. Completed research funded by the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant is featured in the Journal of The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. Moser's study is entitled Redefining Transfer Student Success: Transfer Capital and the Laanan-Transfer Students' Questionnaire (L-TSQ) Revisited. The abstract appears below:

The present study will examine an instrument designed to understand the needs of transfer students who transition to four-year institutions in an effort to refine the items on the questionnaire in light of new research in the field. The construct of transfer student capital (TSC) will be operationalized and its impact on transfer student success explored. Important practical implications for this project exist as institutional officials and student affairs leaders continue to strive to improve success for transfer students, a rapidly growing subset of the population at their institutions.

In its seventh year, the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant has become a well-respected and highly competitive grant program. The Center received a record number of proposals from researchers and practitioners throughout the United States as well as from several international institutions. The four other outstanding research projects selected as finalists were:

  • Alyssa Bryant Rockenbach of North Carolina State University, Nicholas A. Bowman of the University of Notre Dame, and Matthew J. Mayhew of New York University for their study entitled Perceptions of the Religious and Spiritual Campus Climate among Religious and Non-Religious College Juniors.

  • Adam Joncich, Mark Spergel, and Phil Hogue of Baruch College and Jennie Park Taylor and Akane Zusho of Fordham University for their study entitled Mindfulness, Role Quality, and Behavioral Engagement among College Transfer Students.

  • Linda J. Sax, Dayna S. Weintraub, and Tiffani Riggers of UCLA for their study entitled The Impact of Parental Involvement on College Students’ Academic and Social Adjustment: Considering the Role of Race, Class, and Gender.

  • Natesha L. Smith and Michael Cuyjet of the University of Louisville for their study entitled Complexities of Culture: Understanding the Identity of Female Veterans Transitioning from Military to College.

Ryan Padgett, Assistant Director of Research, Grants, and Assessment at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, oversaw the Paul P. Fidler Research Grant selection process. Padgett anticipates Moser's research will significantly contribute to the national discussion on understanding the needs of transfer students who transition to four-year institutions.
 
"Kristin's study is both timely and important," Padgett said. "Findings from this study will advance our examination into the complex adjustment process of transfer students and how we as higher education professionals can continue to strive to improve success for this rapidly growing population of students."

Past grant recipients include:

  • 2010-2011 - Paul J. McLoughlin II, High-Achieving Low-Income Students: How Low-Income Students on Full Financial Aid are Navigating an Elite College Environment

  • 2009-2010 - Rachel Smith of Syracuse University, Connected in Learning: A Mixed Methods Study of First-year Students' Academic and Social Networks
  • 2008-2009 - Maryellen Mills of the University of Texas at Austin, Student Success Course Participation and Engagement among Part-time and Full-Time Community College Students

  • 2007-2008 - Dr. Eunyoung Kim of Seton Hall University, Acculturation Experiences and College Transitions of Minority Immigrant Students

  • 2006-2007 - Dr. Barbara Hofer of Middlebury College, 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, A Study of Engagement Patterns of Lateral and Vertical Transfer Students During their First Semester at a Public Research University

 

 
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