College of Education Graduate Student Awarded NISTS Research Grant

Catherine Hartman, current College of Education graduate student in Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin and principal investigator of a research project involving transfer students, was awarded the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) annual research grant. This award is shared with co-principal investigator, Jeffrey Mayo, senior academic program coordinator in the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Hartman and Mayo hope to better understand the experiences of vertical and horizontal transfer students. As little is known about how students construct identities related to being transfer students, Hartman and Mayo aim to gain insight on the impact of being a transfer student and its implications on transitions, academics, and social experiences on campus. The study will be a case study of two four-year institutions in Texas, one private and one public.

The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students exists to improve the lives of transfer students through research, education, and service.