2018 SIG Awards & Grants

2018 Early Career Award

The EE/CD SIG is soliciting nominations for our Early Career Award. All nominations and required materials should be submitted to Jennifer Baumgartner ( by February 1, 2018. 


The committee urges all EE/CD SIG members to consider nominating a deserving early career scholar.

The award recipient will be notified in March 2018 and recognized at the EECD SIG Business Meeting at the 2018 AERA meeting. Please see description and nomination guidelines below.

Early Career Award is made annually to the an individual with an early and promising record as a researcher and scholar in the early childhood field, as evidenced through competitive publications and other scholarly activity suggesting a vital research agenda. Recipients of this award receive a $500 monetary prize and are invited to present a brief synopsis of their research and interests at the SIG business meeting.

Eligibility Criteria

Viable candidates for the EE/CD Early Research Career Award are no more than 10 years out from receiving their doctorate and have not received tenure. Nominators must be members of the EE/CD SIG. Nominees who did not receive the award in the initial round will automatically be placed in the following year’s pool, even if the 10-year mark has passed. Additional information on the scholar’s activity will also be considered in the second round.

Application Materials

  1. A letter of nomination from a member of the EE/CD SIG, with sufficient justification of nominee's qualifications.
  2. A letter of support from a second scholar in the field, who can speak to the nominee's qualifications as well. The second letter does not have to come from a member of the EE/CD SIG.
  3. A copy of the nominee's most recent Curriculum Vitae, including complete bibliographic information and present employment status.
  4. Copies of 2 or more publications representative of the nominee's scholarly contributions to the early childhood/child development field thus far.

Submit all required materials electronically (Word or PDF documents) to the Early Career Award Committee Chair Jennifer Baumgartner with subject heading “EE/CD SIG Early Career Award Submission” no later than February 1, 2017..

2018 Dissertation Award

The EE/CD SIG is soliciting nominations for our Dissertation AwardAll nominations and required materials should be submitted to Katherine Delaney ( by February 1, 2018.


Annually, the EE/CD SIG awards the Outstanding Dissertation Award for a recent dissertation of exceptional merit. The recipient will receive a plaque from the SIG and a monetary gift at the EE/CD SIG Business meeting. The recipient also receives an automatic invitation to present the dissertation work as part of the EE/CD Business Meeting.

The criteria for this award are:

  1. A completed and defended dissertation accepted by the Graduate School of the nominee’s university within two years of the deadline for submission.
  2. A study that investigates a topic related to the development of children between birth and age 8, including studies focused on families, teachers and others who care for and educate young children;
  3. A nominating professor who is a current member of AERA.


To be considered for the award, please submit the following items by e-mail:

  • One letter of faculty endorsement from a member of the student’s dissertation committee who is an AERA member, attesting that the dissertation was completed by the student during the time period specified and that the faculty member nominating or endorsing the nomination served on the dissertation committee. Please also include the oral defense date. This letter should include a brief clarification of the purposes, scope, and quality of the student’s dissertation research, as well as an explanation of how the dissertation contributes to the field of early childhood, child development, or early education.
  • Title page for the dissertation (including university/college, name of the professor chairing the dissertation committee and a complete list of committee members). In addition, please add to the title page complete contact information (postal and e-mail) of either the student or the nominator that can be used for all correspondence regarding the award.
  • Table of Contents from the dissertation.
  • Journal-length manuscript summarizing the study derived from the dissertation and written by the nominee. This manuscript should adhere to the APA manual’s (5th ed.) guidelines for manuscript preparation, should be approximately 25-30 pages (double-spaced), and should be geared toward publication. The summary should include: objectives/purpose; perspectives/theoretical framework; methods/mode of inquiry; data sources and analyses; results/discussion; and conclusion and educational/scientific importance of study. The summary should advance the scholarly publication potential of the research and will be judged primarily by a panel of scholars in the field and former dissertation winners.
  • 1-2 page summary (abstract) of the study to be published in the SIG newsletter should the award be given to the recipient.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Dissertation topic should be congruent with the award purposes as described above.
  • The dissertation must have been completed within the past two academic years (2015-2016 or 2016-2017).
  • The nominee does not have to be a member of the EE/CD SIG.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.

The award recipient will be notified in March 2018 and recognized at the EECD SIG Business Meeting at the 2018 AERA meeting.

Our Dissertation Award is a wonderful way to highlight research and honor the future of our profession. The Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding original research by scholars in early childhood education and child development. Dissertations in all fields related to early childhood and child development are eligible for consideration.

Submit all required materials electronically (Word or PDF documents) to the Dissertation Award Committee Chair Katherine Delaney with subject heading “EE/CD SIG Dissertation Award Submission” no later than February 1, 2018.

2018 Student Travel Awards

The EE/CD SIG has had the good fortune of a large membership that has allowed us to amass a strong financial foundation for our work. Recognizing that the money belongs to the members and that the future of the SIG lies in the work of young scholars, we are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for graduate student members of the SIG. We will award 2 grants of $500 each to help fund student travel to AERA annually. Grants will be awarded to students that are presenting at the conference with preference given to first time AERA presenters. To qualify for the grant, students should provide the following information in a single email with attachments:

  • Proof of membership in the EE/CD SIG
  • A statement of your plans to attend AERA this year as well as how the grant will enhance your professional development. Please include a copy of the letter of acceptance from AERA.
  • A one page letter of nomination from a faculty member of the EE/CD SIG who knows your work.

All inquiries and nominations should be submitted to:

Sara Michael Luna, Ph.D.
Director of Early Childhood Education
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education Elementary and Early Childhood Education Queens College-CUNY
Powdermaker Hall 054S