UCI School of Education receives more than 10 percent of GRFP fellowships nationally in field of STEM Education and Learning Research
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program named three UCI School of Education doctoral students – Socorro Cambero, Marixza Torres, and Valery Vigil – GRFP fellows, all in the field of STEM Education and Learning Research.
Additionally, Rachel Nicole Smith (B.S. ‘19), lab manager for the School of Education’s Working Memory and Plasticity (WMP) Lab, received a GRFP fellowship in STEM Education and Learning Research.
The NSF awarded 39 GRFP awards nationally in STEM Education and Learning Research. Each GRFP fellow receives a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, which goes toward tuition, fees, and opportunities for international research and professional development.
To understand how a course foregrounded on principles of culturally responsive pedagogies informs the perspectives and practices of future Latinx science teachers, Cambero will follow participants as student teachers for two years and as classroom teachers for one year, noting the course’s impact at different stages.
Associate Professor June Ahn and Assistant Professor Adriana Villavicencio serve as Cambero’s GRFP advisors.
Torres’s research interests include academic achievement, adolescent development, diversity and equity in education, resilience processes, and familism. Professor Gustavo Carlo serves as her advisor.
Vigil expects that her research, to be conducted in Santa Ana, will identify methods to increase learning, support, and participation of Latinx children in STEM.
“This will be the first study of its kind to carry out research with a bilingual socially contingent CA and will thus shed light on its affordances for promoting learning among children in multilingual families,” Vigil said.
Professor Mark Warchauer serves as Vigil’s advisor.
Rachel Nicole Smith
Smith joined the WMP lab while an undergraduate pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science. This fall, she will attend Washington University in St. Louis as a Ph.D. student in Education.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program is the country’s oldest fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM fields. Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. For more information, please click here.