Opportunities for Student Research at the CECE

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Part of the mission of the Center for Early Childhood Education is to provide students with opportunities to conduct research on young children. Each year, the Center identifies highly accomplished students to serve as research assistants on CECE research projects. These students learn to use sophisticated recording technology in our center, code video of children and teachers, enter and analyze data, and interpret findings, guided by faculty. Often, student research assistants are invited to attend a national conference to present their research along with their faculty mentors. Students who are interested in serving as research assistants should contact Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and should complete an application: Application for Student Research Assistant Position

Students of all majors are also encouraged to conduct individual research projects at the center, with mentoring from center faculty. We particularly encourage students in the Honors Program to consider conducting their thesis research in our center. Students interested in pursuing individual research in the center should contact Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith and follow the steps for Conducting Research at the CECE.

All student research assistants and researchers are required to adhere to the ethical guidelines and principles of all researchers in the center and to follow special steps for students: Student Research Guidelines

Students who conduct research in the center are encouraged to present their work at conferences. Some opportunities for presenting student research are found through the following links:

Interested in hearing other students describe their experiences conducting research at the CECE? See video interviews of former CECE students. You can also view a list of CECE research alumni.