Second year EdPsych graduate student Sarah Hughes Berheim received an Honorable Mention for her submission to the National Science Foundation's prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. You can read more about it here.
Sarah is part of the Educational Neuroscience concentration and works under Dr. Laura Morett as part of the NERD lab. Here is a description of Sarah's current project titled Exploring the relationship between gesture and reading:
The purpose of the project is to investigate how words learned with representational gestures are later integrated into context during reading. We did this by creating an experiment that has undergraduate students learn fake words with both matching and mismatching gestures and subsequently read them in both congruent and incongruent contexts. By using electroencephalography (EEG) during the sentence-reading part of the experiment, we plan to track the N400 event-related potential (ERP), that occurs in response to processing incongruent information. The idea is that if gesture is implicated not only in word learning but also in subsequent reading, then the way we teach vocabulary in schools should reflect this, such that congruent representational gestures should be used to not only facilitate vocabulary acquisition but later comprehension.
You can learn more about Sarah and her research here.
Congratulations to Sarah!