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Opportunities for Faculty and Student Research

Two student researchers sit in front of a large screen used for research while holding coding sheetsThe Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) and the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC) 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:

  • Follow the Conducting Research at CECE and CFDRC guidelines
  • Submit a Research Procedures Information Form

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
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Interested in serving as a research assistant?

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Funding for Independent Student Research

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 for:

  • Research materials
  • Travel to conferences to present finding
  • Participating in a summer independent study or internship
  • A stipend to defray the cost of living expenses or tuition while conducting research
Interested students or faculty mentors can contact Sudha Swaminathan for an application.