Student Research Awards

The Student Research Award recognizes high-quality research across multiple research methodologies conducted by students in the course of their undergraduate or graduate special education training program. The Division will award up to four such awards annually, with one award presented in each of up to four areas of research designs or methodologies: qualitative, single-subject, quantitative, and mixed-methods. No award will be given in any research methodology area if an exemplary, high-quality research study is not submitted; thus, there may be fewer than three awards presented in any given year. Nominations are sought across all areas of special education services. The awardee in each research method area will receive a free membership to CEC-DR for one year; reimbursement of registration for the CEC Convention & Expo; and a certificate. The awardee(s) will receive their certificate and be recognized during the CEC-DR Reception at the CEC Convention. The following criteria must be met in each area.

1. The nominated student must be the sole or first author of the nominated manuscript and the research study must represent the student’s intellectual work.

2. The nominated research study must have been conceptualized and conducted while the first author was a student.

3. The nominated study must not be in press at the time of submission nor have been published prior to submission for the award. 

4. The nominated manuscript must not exceed 50 double-spaced pages, not including table sand references. Manuscripts should be formatted according to current APA guidelines.
5. Independent of the methodological area in which the manuscript is submitted, research studies nominated must adhere to standards for high-quality research advocated for in the field of special education and by the Division for Research. Detailed quality indicators of high-quality research for quantitative, qualitative, and single-subject design studies can be found in the Winter 2005 special issue of Exceptional Children, Volume 71(2), edited by Odom et al. Detailed quality indicators of high-quality research for mixed-methods studies can be found in Klingner and Boardman (2011) and Leech and Onwuegbuzie (2010). Applicants are referred to these references for guidance. Please note that the “quantitative” category for this award includes group experimental and quasi-experimental designs (Gerston et al., 2005) and correlational designs (Thompson, Diamond, McWilliam, Snyder, & Snyder, 2005).

Nomination Procedures