In recognition of the critical role of research to both current practice in and the future of the field of special education, the Distinguished Early Career Research Award
recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in special education, in basic and/or applied research, within the first 10 years following receipt of the doctoral degree. Nominations are sought across all areas of Special Education as well as all forms of research methodology. The award, co-sponsored by the Donald D. Hammill Foundation, includes a $1000 honorarium. The award is presented at the DR reception held during the annual CEC convention and includes an invited presentation at the next year's CEC convention.