by Claire Miller
Vivian Tseng, vice president of programs at the William T. Grant Foundation, and Kim DuMont, program officer at the foundation, will give a presentation entitled, "William T. Grant Foundation: Research Interests and Grantmaking Programs" to College of Education students, faculty and staff on Oct. 12 as part of the college’s Research Wednesdays Speaker Series.
In her seven years at the foundation, Tseng has been instrumental in developing the foundation’s work to increase understanding of youth’s everyday settings and ways to improve them. More recently, she has been spearheading an initiative on understanding when and how research evidence is used in policy and practice affecting youth. She also oversees the William T. Grant Scholars Program, a career development initiative to support promising early career researchers, and has significantly expanded its mentoring component.
DuMont spent seven years as a consultant and research scientist with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, where she worked on the evaluation of the Healthy Families New York (HFNY) intervention. She has also held several research positions — most recently, at the New Jersey Medical School and New York University — and was an National Institute of Mental Health Predoctoral Fellow. She earned her doctorate in community psychology from New York University.
The Research Wednesdays Speaker Series is designed to fulfill three goals: to provide a platform for explorations of new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research, to discuss new methods of mentoring doctoral students in an effort to enhance their development as researchers, and to fill a professional development need by providing access to cutting edge researchers at the state and national levels.
Research Wednesdays is held Wednesdays at 12 noon in the COE Forum, Room 1030 (30 Pryor St., Atlanta). Speaker presentations are also available for download at iTunes U.
A light lunch will be provided for those who confirm their attendance to Erin Whitney in the COE’s Educational Research Bureau at (404) 413-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Tseng and the Research Wednesdays Speaker Series, visit http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_events.htm.