William T. Grant Foundation Announces Scholars Finalists and Scholars Mentoring Grant

December 13th, 2012

The William T. Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists for the William T. Grant Scholars Program and a Mentoring Grant for current Scholar Candice Odgers.

This year’s finalists include 10 exceptional early-career researchers. They were selected from a pool of 50 applicants after a thorough review process by our staff and Selection Committee. The finalists will be interviewed in February 2013 and four to six Scholars will be announced in March. Selected Scholars will each receive $350,000 over five years and attend annual meetings to help them strengthen their research. The William T. Grant Scholars Program has a 30-year history of supporting early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Vivian Tseng, vice president, program, said of the finalists: “This is a stellar group—all are already promising young researchers who are now seeking to expand their expertise in order to tackle pressing research questions about youth development.”

Applicants for the Scholars Program are required to design rigorous five-year research and mentoring plans that will help them expand their skills and knowledge in a new discipline, content area, or method. Applicants are nominated by their institutions and only one applicant can be named from any one major division (e.g., College of Arts and Sciences, medical school, etc.). Nominating institutions must formally agree to support the applicant’s research goals with sufficient resources during the grant period, so the nomination reflects the institution’s serious commitment to the applicant and his or her career.

The 2013 William T. Grant Scholars finalists are:
Aprile Benner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Donald Leslie Chi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Washington
David Deming, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Harvard University
Adriana Galvan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Roberto Gonzales, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Chicago
Phillip Hammack, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Margot Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Brown University
Amy Kervian Marks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Suffolk University
Nathan R. Todd, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, DePaul University
Travis Wilson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Oberlin College

Current Scholar Candice Odgers (Duke University) has been awarded a Scholars Mentoring Grant to support her work with postdoctoral student Lin (Victor) Wang. Scholars Mentoring Grants are available to Scholars within their first three years of the program. They are meant to support mentoring relationships with junior researchers of color. The overall goal of the program is to develop Scholars’ mentoring skills and to support the career development of more researchers of color. Wang is an Asian American third-year post-doctoral associate at the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. Odgers is interested in developing a more strategic and mindful approach to mentorship, with special attention to the challenges that confront researchers of color. Wang hopes to expand his program of research to examine neighborhood settings and build new skills in mobile technology assessments. Odgers and Wang also plan to start a departmental seminar series focused on professional development for young academics of color.

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