Thursday, October 24, 2013

Approaching Deadline: Frances Henne / YALSA / VOYA Research Grant

Via the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP) email list, news about a new research grant opportunity. The Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association) is currently seeking applications for the Frances Henne / YALSA / VOYA Research Grant. In particular, they looking for scholars working on the following four priority areas:

  1. Impact of Libraries on Young Adults
  2. Young Adult Reading and Resources
  3. Information Seeking Behaviors and Needs of Young Adults
  4. Informal and Formal Learning Environments and Young Adults

Full descriptions of the priority areas can be downloaded (in PDF form) here)

Here's the full description, cut-paste from the official announcement sent out to the ARCYP list:

Help advance our profession by advancing your research! YALSA is pleased to support the Frances Henne / YALSA / VOYA Research Grant, an annual competition that awards recipients $1000 in seed money to support small-scale research projects. The deadline for applying is December 1. 
The proposed research must respond to YALSA’s vision, mission, goals, and research agenda; applicants must also be YALSA members.  Proposals are limited to two pages plus an additional page for biographical information. Full information about the grant and requirements for the proposal can be found here: 
The 2013 Henne Research Grant recently supported work by Drexel doctoral student Rachel Magee, who examined how teens use (or do not use) technologies, how the values and relationships surrounding teens and technology impact that use and what that means for the role of information in teens' lives. 
Dr. Carol L. Tilley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chairs this year’s jury. She is joined by Robert Bittner, Simon Fraser University; Dr. Don Latham, Florida State University; Maribel Lechuga, Kitsap Regional Library; and Dr. Cindy C. Welch, University of Tennessee.
Note that applications are due December 1! Good luck!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Awesome Opportunity Alert: Four-Year Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Fabrication & Learning

Please spread the word far and wide of this amazing opportunity to work with my frequent collaborator and favorite kids' tech researcher, Deborah Fields and her colleague Victor Lee, at Utah State University. Here's the ad, cut-and-paste directly from the original:

4-year Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Fabrication & Learning
Utah State University
Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences
Utah State University's Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) department is pleased to announce the availability of a prestigious four-year doctoral fellowship for a new doctoral student interested in digital fabrication, the maker movement, and education. This involves bringing technologies as diverse as 3-D printers, sewable circuitry, low cost microcontrollers, and robotics to education.
The fellowship provides full tuition and a stipend for four years, beginning Fall of 2014. The fellow will work with two leading researchers in the ITLS department, Drs. Victor Lee and Deborah Fields, who have produced innovative work in the areas of creative learning technologies, craft and computation, informal and formal learning environments, online social networking sites, and STEM education. The fellow will have numerous professional development and networking opportunities as well as access to the newly created “Computational Craft Lab” with brand new equipment and materials for digital fabrication. Drs. Lee and Fields have a strong reputation for providing mentorship and time to doctoral students, involving them in all aspects of research and implementation.
This competitive fellowship is available for one student beginning doctoral studies in August 2014Interested students should contact Victor Lee or Deborah Fields as soon as possible. Please include a resume and letter describing your research background, interests, and how they align with this fellowship.