Graduate Student Research Projects - Initial Rollout

Grad Projects - Round One: June 1 Deadline

Profile of institutions supporting Phd CSEd Research (Domestic)


CSEdGrad is an NSF-funded project that aims to assess the current experiences and barriers of CSEd graduate students and their advisors. An element of the CSEdGrad project is to understand what currently exists for graduate students in the way of formalized training in CSEd Research. While these are 2 separate projects, there is an expectation of collaboration and application of a common framework between them. Each project is expected to have a written review of the field and has the potential to result in a conference submission to a professional conference such as at SIGCSE, AERA, and/or ICER. Additional dissemination opportunities (e.g., webinar presentations) are possible. The researcher will conduct a review of the field, including but not limited to available courses for graduate students, any defined programs of study, academic institutions, and where they fit into the map of CSEd Research efforts. The international project will have primary geographic targets as international entities with a defined Computer Science Education research field of study while the domestic targets will be within the United States. Each researcher should be curious, dogged, and be able to think creatively about their data sources as well as

  • be able to synthesize and make sense of multiple data sources
  • have video conferencing capabilities
  • have access to and abilities with Microsoft Office or equivalent product
  • have fair collaboration skills
For information on CSEdGrad and related work, as well as about us, please visit: Estimated 120 hours of effort Deadline: Various check-points with an end date August 31 $3000 total stipend CLICK HERE TO APPLY




Understanding the interaction between CSEd Research and Research-Practitioner Partnerships


With the onset of computing education into grades K-12, there have been 74 Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) projects funded by the NSF over the last few years. The RPPs have been implemented in various ways across the demographically diverse initiatives. Our goal with this particularly focused study is to conduct a case study of 3 to 4 RPPforCS projects to answer the question “How are RPPs informed by and contribute to generalized knowledge about CS Ed Research?” The researcher who will work on this project will be involved with 1) shaping the case study protocol, 2) conducting case study interviews and other data collection, 3) providing a narrative report of the cases, 4) and assisting with journal article production. The researcher will work closely with the lead researcher and other researchers involved in the RPPforCS Community project. Discourse with researchers about the findings from the case studies may also add value to the project as well as personal growth as a new CS Ed researcher. This work will be used to inform the larger CS Education research community how RPPs can be used in K-12 CS Education research. We anticipate submitting this work as a formal publication (anticipated journal article). This may also lead to additional dissemination of types of RPPs within K-12 CS Ed (e.g. future panels or webinars). As a contributor to this work, we anticipate including the researcher as a contributing author for this targeted work. Deliverables are as follows:

  1. Case study protocol development - mid-June
  2. Case study 1 - mid-July
  3. Case studies 2 and 3 - mid-August
  4. Narrative - by August 31
The ideal candidate will be required to have the following skills and software:
  • Graduate student in Computer Science Education, with a focus on or interest in K-12 CS Ed
  • Familiarity with conducting qualitative research (class or other related work)
  • Familiarity with research protocols and their importance in producing high quality research
  • Strong writing skills
  • Access to a computer, Google Drive, Overlead, and Teleconferencing Capabilities
Preferred skills include:
  • Familiarity with case study methodology
  • Familiarity with Research-Practice Partnerships
For information on RPPs, RPPforCS, and related work, please visit: Estimated 200 hours of effort Deadline: Multiple deliverables with an end date of August 31 $5000 total stipend CLICK HERE TO APPLY




Profile of institutions supporting Phd CSEd Research (International)


CSEdGrad is an NSF-funded project that aims to assess the current experiences and barriers of CSEd graduate students and their advisors. An element of the CSEdGrad project is to understand what currently exists for graduate students in the way of formalized training in CSEd Research. While these are 2 separate projects, there is an expectation of collaboration and application of a common framework between them. Each project is expected to have a written review of the field and has the potential to result in a conference submission to a professional conference such as at SIGCSE, AERA, and/or ICER. Additional dissemination opportunities (e.g., webinar presentations) are possible. The researcher will conduct a review of the field, including but not limited to available courses for graduate students, any defined programs of study, academic institutions, and where they fit into the map of CSEd Research efforts. The international project will have primary geographic targets as international entities with a defined Computer Science Education research field of study while the domestic targets will be within the United States Each researcher should be curious, dogged, and be able to think creatively about their data sources as well as

  • be able to synthesize and make sense of multiple data sources
  • have video conferencing capabilities
  • have access to and abilities with Microsoft Office or equivalent product
  • have fair collaboration skills
For information on CSEdGrad and related work, as well as about us, please visit: Estimated 150 hours of effort Deadline: Various check-points with an end date August 31 $3750 total stipend CLICK HERE TO APPLY




Translating the Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research into a CSEdGrad.org activity set


CSEdGrad is an NSF-funded project that aims to assess the current experiences and barriers of CSEd graduate students and their advisors. A feature of our project is the creation of a set of community-facing activities that can support current graduate students. In May we conducted a needs assessment survey in which graduate students were asked to identify the specific areas in which they want support. One area they identified was a general overview of the field of CS Ed research, including history, open questions, and research methods. Using The Cambridge Handbook of Computing Education Research, as well as survey results from the needs assessment, the candidate will develop a framework for organizing a set of community-facing activities that address the broad sections taken up by the Handbook. The researcher may choose to organize deeper dive sessions for topics that are especially meaningful to the community, such as research methods. This work will proceed in two phases. First, the researcher will review the survey results and familiarize themselves with the content of the Handbook. Using this information, the researcher will develop a presentation of potential community facing activities. In phase two, based on guidance from the CSEdGrad leadership team, the researcher will develop one or two of these ideas further and organize them to the stage that they could be resourced and implemented in academic year 2020-21. Should both parties be interested, there is the potential for the researcher to take on a leadership position in the facilitation of these activities; however, that is not within the scope of this specific funding opportunity. The ideal candidate will

  • Be a current graduate student in computing education research with an interest in eventually teaching graduate-level courses in the field.
  • Be comfortable planning remote learning sessions communicating with a diverse audience
  • Have access to video conferencing (Zoom or similar)
For information on CSEdGrad, background material for this project, and related work, please visit: Estimated 200 hours of effort Deadline: Various check-points with an end date August 31 $5000 total stipend CLICK HERE TO APPLY​​​​​​​





SageFox Consulting Group, the host organization for CSEdGrad.org, is a small business in Massachusetts with the great fortune of having funding for our research and evaluation such that we all are able to stay fully employed in these difficult times. 

We are offering opportunities currently enrolled graduate students to work with us this summer. 

We are aware that many of you as graduate students are sharing in these challenging times with financial and career-related disruptions.  As such, we have developed a set of research projects that we invite you to consider collaborating on with us.  Each of the projects is scaled to be doable in a six to ten week period this summer.  Stipends will be paid ranging from $3000 to $5000.

 

We have kept the application process as simple as possible.  Fundamentally we want to know why this project is of interest, how you intend to work with us in addressing the project, and what capabilities and/or experience you bring to bear.  We are also asking that your graduate advisor signs off on your application as we want to ensure that they are aware of your time commitment.

Below is our first round of projects being offered. We will have more coming, but for now, 

 

  1. Review the requirements of the 4 projects listed

  2. Send any questions you might have to projects@sagefoxgroup.com

  3. Complete the application form by June 1

  4. We hope to make decisions and allow projects to start by June 15

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