Three Special Education Doctoral Students Accepted to Selective Research Seminar

Feb. 17, 2020

Three Ph.D. students in Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders Program in the Department of Special Education have been selected to join the 12th cohort of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Research Doctoral Student Scholars: Marissa Filderman, Meijia Liu, and Soyoung Park.

The students were selected as outstanding scholars through an internationally competitive review process. They will have opportunities to participate in seminars and in online discussions to gain a better understanding of ways to navigate life as a new member of the scholarly community. They also will have opportunities to develop relationships with other Division of Research doctoral scholars to provide the basis for future professional association.

Professor Diane Bryant nominated Liu, saying:  “Meijia and I have been working on Project AIM for over three years. Her recent publication on a geometry synthesis for a special education journal shows promise for future scholarly writing. Her passion, dedication, and persistence make her a researcher with great potential.”

Bryant also nominated Park, saying: “Her research focuses on evidence-based interventions that identify effective instruction for students with learning disabilities and provides high-quality guidelines for both pre-service and in-service teachers. Soyoung’s dedication to her research topics suggests she is a researcher with great potential.”

Assistant Professor Jessica Toste nominated Filderman. “Marissa is a promising early-career scholar. Participation in the CEC-DR Doctoral Student Seminars will provide her with a unique opportunity to develop a research network of peers in the field of special education. The knowledge, critical dialogue, and networks gained will set her up for success in developing her own program of research as she begins her academic career.”