Students will engage in collaborate research and training with UCI faculty and faculty at other universities.
The Precision Learning Center (PrecL) announced that three School of Education doctoral students will receive Catalyst Awards to support their research. The three awardees, all advised by Chancellor’s Professor Carol Connor (picture left), are Jenny Woo (left of center), Dandan Yang (right of center), and Elham Zargar (right).
Second-year doctoral student Jenny Woo’s research is titled “EEG Training and Integration to help Underrepresented Adolescents Flourish during Time of Academic and Social Adjustments.” Woo, who is specializing in Human Development in Context, will be collaborating with Dr. Jennie Grammer through UCLA BEAR.
"I'm looking forward to exploring ways to help adolescents strengthen their emotional awareness using insights from neural correlates and psychometrics," Woo said.
Third-year doctoral student Dandan Yang’s research is titled “Designing an Interactive Storybook to Foster Home Literacy Practices for Language Minority Children.” Yang is specializing in Teaching, Learning, and Educational Improvement. She will be collaborating with Assistant Professor Melina Uncapher (University of California, San Francisco); Professor Jamal Abedi (University of California, Davis), and Assistant Research Professor Roeland Hancock (University of Connecticut).
"I am excited to explore how interactive e-book technology and its bilingual features can be leveraged in improving home literacy practices for children in low SES and language minority families," Yang said.
Fourth-year doctoral student Elham Zargar’s research is titled “Examining Comprehension Monitoring through Eye-Movements and EEG Neural Correlates.” Zargar is specializing in Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development and will be collaborating with Connor and with Dr. Jennie Grammer at UCLA.
“Examining the behavioral and neural correlates of comprehension monitoring will allow examination of the underlying difficulties that struggling readers may face and enable development of more effective and individualized reading interventions,” Zargar said.
“I am very proud of Jenny, Dandan, and Elham for receiving these well-deserved awards,” Connor said. “The funds will greatly enhance their important research.”
The science-based Precision Learning Center (PrecL) is an innovative and cross-disciplinary center that started in 2017 with support from the University of California Office of the President. PrecL consists of faculty and students from six UC campuses (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, and UC San Francisco) and Stanford, with expertise in medicine, neuroscience, cognitive and developmental psychology, research methodology, assessment, statistics, education, bilingualism, and policy.
The 2020 PrecL awards provide support and focused training for students who intend to pursue academia/research in the future. During the competitive selection process, applicants are evaluated on their fit with the PrecL mission of promoting cross-campus, collaborative research; evidence of a multi-campus involvement plan; and support from their faculty mentor and PrecL affiliated faculty.