Four incoming School of Education Ph.D. students presented their research at UCI's Summer Research Symposium on August 15 at the UCI Student Center. The students had been selected for participation in UCI's 8-week Competitive Edge program, designed to support entering graduate students from diverse backgrounds who plan to pursue an academic career. During the eight-week program, the students lived on campus; were mentored by faculty advisors and current graduate students on a research topic in their area of interest; and attended workshops, lectures, and other university events.
On August 15, the students presented their research findings in a symposium open to the public. Click on the topic links below to access the presentation abstracts.
Student: Socorro Cambero
Topic: The Role of Informal Agents as Cultural and Social Institutional Brokers
Mentors: Gilberto Conchas, Melina Pinales
Student: Daniel Hodge
Topic: A House is Not a Home: Code Switching in Higher Education
Mentors: Brandy Gatlin, Constance Iloh, John William Szusa
Student: Jose Mendez
Topic: Teacher Noticing for Equity in Mathematics Education
Mentors: Elizabeth van Es, Jennifer Cabrera
Student: Jonathan Lee Montoya
Topic: To What Extent Are Teachers At SAUSD Using UDL Strategies To Teach Computational Thinking? Does It Help To Improve Computational Thinking Scores?
Mentors: Mark Warschauer, Ashley Harlow, Sharin Jacob
Three undergraduates also showcased their research at the Symposium as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP).
Student: Alexis Castro
Topic: Promoting Youths’ Motivational Beliefs in Math: A Mixed Methods Examination of the Role of Afterschool Program Activities and Mentoring Practices
Mentors: Sandra Simpkins, Mark Yu
Student: Jocelyne Ornelas Munoz
Topic: Understanding Equitable Mathematics Education through the Connective and Productive Disciplinary Engagement Framework
Mentor: Elizabeth van Es
Student: Megan Walsh
Topic: Language Impairment in Bilinguals: A Longitudinal Study of Grammatical Performance
Mentors: Elizabeth Peña, Amy Pratt