Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) Pre-doctoral Fellowships

The Curry School of Education received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education in 2004 to implement a Fellowship Program in the Education Sciences.  A second grant awarded in 2009 has allowed the Curry School to build upon the existing Fellowship program and train 30 students between 2009 and 2014.

Curry Training integrates the use of theoretical models of causal inference from various sciences (e.g., psychology, economics, biostatistics) with research designs, analytic techniques and methods that support causal inferences in studies of school, classroom and program effects.

More specifically, training applies rigorous methods to three substantive research topics identified by IES: a) teacher quality, b) early childhood, and c) social and behavioral contexts for academic learning.  Conceptual and methodological emphases in the core curriculum ensure students are proficient in developing and testing research hypotheses through research designs and through experimental and quasi-experimental statistical procedures that support causal inferences.

Applicants to Curry’s Education Policy and Educational Psychology & Applied Developmental Science (ADS) PhD programs are automatically considered for Four-Year VEST Fellowships.  In addition, UVA students from other programs may apply for Two-Year VEST Fellowships, to begin during the 3rd year or later of their PhD program.

Program affiliates  engaged in training experiences offer extensive expertise including econometric models of teacher quality, the RCT design and analysis, and the design and evaluation of professional development supports for teachers and their effects on student learning.

Program affiliates serve as mentors and co-mentors to our fellows.  Fellows in Curry PhD programs have a primary mentor from Curry and in their 3rd year, a co-mentor from another discipline.  Two-Year fellows from other disciplines continue to work with their primary advisor from their home department and work with a Curry co-mentor as well.  Program affiliates from the Curry School are listed to the right.  Below is a list of affiliated faculty from other schools.  Please also see examples of research opportunities in Ed Policy and research opportunities in Applied Developmental Science.

Program Affiliates from the College of Arts & Sciences, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the School of Medicine

Allen, Joseph, Psychology
Friedberg, Leora, Economics
Hurd, Noelle, Psychology
Lillard, Angeline, Psychology
Reppucci, Dick, Psychology
Ruhm, Chris, Public Policy & Economics
von Oetzen, Timo, Psychology
Willingham, Dan, Psychology
Wilson, Melvin, Psychology

The Steering Committee is comprised of:
Bob Pianta, Director
Sara Rimm-Kaufman, Associate Director
Jim Wyckoff, Associate Director

The Admissions and Program Progress Committee is comprised of:
Bob Pianta, Director
Sara Rimm-Kaufman, Associate Director
Jim Wyckoff, Associate Director
Joanna Lee, Education
Sarah Turner, Economics and Education
Dan Willingham, Psychology

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CurryVEST@virginia.edu

Mailing Address:
Curry School of Education
PO Box 400879
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4277

Office: Olsson 236A

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