CRECE Seeks Applications for Undergraduate Research Fellows Program

Fellowships available for both summer term, academic year

April 22, 2021   |   By WCER Communications

The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE) invites applications for a new undergraduate research fellowship program funded through a generous contribution from Sue and George Krug and UW 2030.

The program’s goal is to diversify the research communities that address early childhood education issues. We hope to do this by providing mentored research experiences to traditionally underrepresented and other minoritized undergraduate students. Unique among education research centers in its whole-child, ecological approach to research—as well as its multi-tiered approach to stakeholder engagement—CRECE’s work focuses on children ages 0-8, their families and communities.

Fellows will work with both faculty and graduate students on current CRECE research projects. In these fellowships, students will experience:

  • Active engagement in a CRECE research project.
  • Mentoring by a faculty member and a graduate student.
  • Participation in a weekly workshop.
  • A culminating project report representing work during the fellowship period (approved by mentor).
  • An hourly stipend of $12.75/hr for at least 10 hours of work per week during the academic year and 20 hours per week for the academic year, based on an agreed-upon time commitment.

Fellowships are available for both the summer and the academic year. The summer program, which runs from June 1-July 31, 2021, will be virtual. The academic year program runs September 8, 2021-May 6, 2022, and a commitment to both semesters is expected. We ask successful applicants to register for one research credit with Amy Claessens or Beth Graue. Applications for the summer fellowship are due May 15 and for the 2021-22 academic year by August 15.

Applicants are asked to submit an online application that includes the following:

  • Future goals and career plans.
  • Research interest in early childhood education.
  • Research experience.
  • Two signed letters of recommendations from faculty or staff members whom you have had as instructors and/or research mentors.
  • College transcript.

Applications will be evaluated for their commitment to and interest in early childhood education; their fit with current CRECE research projects and mentors; and their vision for how this experience will benefit their professional development and diversification of the early childhood research community.

We will consider applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are from a racial/ethnic minority group: African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Native Alaskan or Native Pacific Islander, Native American, Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese, admitted to the U.S. after 12/31/1975) and biracial/multiracial.
  • Are from a low-income household.
  • Are first in their family to attend college.
  • Have a documented disability.

In addition, to be eligible, applicants MUST be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have completed their sophomore or junior year. Students who will have graduated by the start of the program are not eligible.

If interested in becoming a CRECE Undergraduate Research Fellow, please contact Graue (beth.graue@wisc.edu) with questions and/or complete an application here.