Our cherished Brainstorm contributor has been named a 2010 William T. Grant Scholar.
Here are some details, quoted from the University of Wisconsin news release:
This year the foundation received 70 applications. Each scholar receives research support through mentorship, interdisciplinary experience and $350,000 distributed over five years.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” says Goldrick-Rab. “I’m grateful to the foundation for recognizing that, after we become professors and researchers, our own education should continue.”
The program will help Goldrick-Rab expand on a landmark, randomized trial of need-based student financial aid, which she co-directs with Douglas Harris, associate professor of educational policy studies and public affairs. In this new project, “Rethinking College Choice in America,” Goldrick-Rab will apply ideas and methods from developmental psychology and behavioral economics to examine how college students’ use of time, emotional experiences and amounts of sleep interact with financial aid and affect chances of earning degrees.
“These factors are not typically considered in studies of higher education policy and will shed new light on whether, how, and why financial aid impacts college completion,” says Goldrick-Rab.
Here’s to you, Sara, from your Chronicle and Brainstorm pals!