Opportunities for Faculty and Student Research

Two student researchers viewing and coding video of preschool children The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) and the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CRDRC) of Eastern Connecticut State University invite scholars in all disciplines to conduct research on children and families within our technology-enhanced, state-of-the-art facility. Any project that meets the ethical standards of the university and the profession and is compatible with the mission of the center is encouraged. The CECE especially encourages highly accomplished students to conduct independent research projects.

To propose a study, student and faculty researchers should:

Student Research Assistants
The CECE also regularly recruits highly accomplished students to serve as research assistants on CECE research projects. With faculty support, these students:

  • Learn to use sophisticated recording technology in our center
  • Code video of children and teachers
  • Enter and analyze data
  • Interpret findings
  • Present their research at professional and student conferences

Interested in serving as a research assistant?

Exceptional students interested in conducting independent, empirical research at the CECE with a full-time faculty mentor may apply for support from the Jeffrey and Nancy Trawick-Smith Early Childhood Undergraduate Research Fund. Studies supported by the fund will yield practical knowledge in early education and development and thus promote the well-being of young children and their families. The fund may be used to purchase materials, travel to conferences, participate in a summer independent study or internship, or to defray the cost of living expenses or tuition while conducting research. Interested students or faculty mentors can contact Julia DeLapp for an application.

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