Graduate Education Research Grant

The NAGAP Graduate Education Research Grant

The grant is designed to encourage emerging knowledge and understanding of the complexities of graduate enrollment management including all aspects of admissions and recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation in higher education.

2020 Graduate Research Grant Winners

Gold Awards

Janet Kim (University of Hawaii, Manoa): Understanding the Special Education Teacher Pipeline

Joseph Mirabelli (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Exploring Retention, Mental Health, and Mentorship: A Qualitative Study of Engineering Faculty Advisors’ Perceptions

Silver Awards

Kathryn Collins (Campbell University): The Impact of Mental Health First Aid Training on Faculty Perceptions, Competencies, and Helping Behaviors within a Health Sciences Graduate Student Populations

Dr. Joseph Paris (Temple University): Evaluating Potential: An Investigation of Holistic Graduate Admissions Practices

Previous Winners


Full Awards

Virginia Byrne (University of Maryland, College Park): Studying How Formative Feedback Can Support Graduate Student Instructors: Using Feedback to Develop as a Reflective and Effective Teacher

Zid Mancenido (Harvard University): Recruiting a Better Teacher: Policies to Improve the Quality of Incoming Graduate Students in Teacher Education

Honorable Mentions

Rebecca Gavillet (University of Texas at Austin): Exploring MBA Curricular Innovation through the Eyes of Influential Stakeholders

Andrea Kunze (University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign): Understanding STEM Graduate Students' Racial Climate Perceptions: A Perspective-Taking Intervention

Stanley J. Kania III (Marywood University):  
The Use of Social Media and E-marketing in Graduate Student Recruitment: An Investigation of Graduate Enrollment Practices

Gavin Sanders (Wayne State University):  Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities Faced by Underrepresented Doctoral Students during the Dissertation Writing Process

Simone Gbolo (University of Minnesota):  
Developing Pipelines: Partnerships and Programing to Increase Diversity in Graduate Education

Catherine M. Johnson (Montana State University): Identity Salience and International Students: Graduate Student Socialization in STEM Fields

Ah Ra Cho (University of North Texas)
The Missing Piece: An Examination of the Types of Student Support Services Graduate Students Use on a College Campus

Curtis D. Byrd (Clark Atlanta University): 
Innovative Strategies for Diversifying the Professoriate: Resources for Graduate Enrollmen Management Professionals

Pam L. Gustafson
:  What Signals Are We Sending? The Use of Programs-Specific Admissions Criteria in Graduate Programs

Jessica Ostrow (Columbia University): Toward an Understanding of Student Veteran Motivation for Pursuing Graduate Education

Matthew Evrard (San Diego State University): Developing and Exploring the Effectiveness of an Integrated Education Training Model on Increasing Critical Thinking, Reducing Stress, and Increasing Persistence in Graduate Students

Michelle Kronfeld (St. Ambrose University): Timing and Sequence of Major Life Events Related to Post-Baccalaureate Enrollment

Sosanya Jones (Teachers College): Diversity Leadership in Practice: Examining Leaders of STEM Graduate School Preparation Programs in Their Institutional Contexts

Julia M. Wendt  (Claremont Graduate University): Graduate School Enrollment and Economic Downturn: Determining the Strength of Business Cycles on Domestic Graduate School Enrollment

Julie Posselt (University of Michigan - Ann Arbor): Merit and Diversity in Graduate Admissions: Examining the Dynamics of Faculty Judgement

Robert Detwiler (University of Toledo): Assessing Factors Influencing Student Academic Success in Law School

Cheryll Albold (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
: Strategies for Countering Attrition and Prolonged ABD (“all but dissertation”) Status in Doctoral Students

Krystal Lee (University of Florida): Academic Advising Experiences among Social Science and Humanities International Doctoral Students at a Research I University

Kathryn Andre (Iowa State University): What aspects of the graduate experience are perceived by on-campus engineering graduate students as obstacles to their persistence and graduation?

Katheryn McAnulty (University of Louisville): Predictors of graduate enrollment in hard and soft academic disciplines and the impact of socioeconomic status, gender and ethnicity

Rahul Choudaha (University of Denver):
Getting Future Ready-Key Competencies for Graduate Admissions Professionals

Amanda Ostreko (University of Kansas): Factors Predicting Graduate School Choice-A Case Study of Students in the KU School of Engineering