Pearson will offer an 8-week fellowship in the summer of 2012 for four doctoral students with outstanding research skills who wish to gain experience in educational assessment. The fellowship will include hands-on experience in the development and analysis of data for K-12 assessments. Specific activities may include item analysis/key check procedures, test construction, scaling and equating, technical writing, comparability studies, attendance/facilitation of item review committees, and other research projects. Fellows will also have an opportunity to learn about item content development, scoring and processing, and other aspects of educational testing.
DATES: The 8-week fellowship will take place from June 4, 2012 through July 27, 2012.
LOCATIONS: One fellowship is available in each of the following cities: Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Iowa City, Iowa; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
FELLOWSHIP GOALS: Fellows will have the opportunity to work closely with a team of Pearson research scientists in order to
- Gain experience in many of the tasks involved in a K-12 assessment contract.
- Collaborate on a research paper, abstract, or presentation for national dissemination.
- Better understand ways to collaborate and communicate about educational measurement.
AWARD: The award includes a $5,000 stipend. Transportation costs to and from Austin/San Antonio/Iowa City/Tulsa will be provided. Corporate housing will be provided for fellows commuting more than 50 miles.
QUALIFICATIONS: Fellows should be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in educational measurement, educational statistics, educational psychology or similar program. Two to three years of doctoral-level coursework is required. Fellows should have strong written and verbal communication skills. Fellows may not participate in other summer internship or externship programs during the Pearson fellowship program.
Each candidate should submit a curriculum vita, copy of graduate school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose describing his or her interest in the fellowship. All application materials must be received by February 24, 2012. Fellowship awards will be announced by March 16, 2012. Materials should be submitted to:
Kimberly O'Malley, Ph.D., Vice President
ATTN: Christine Carlson
Psychometric & Research Services
Assessment & Information
2510 N. Dodge Street, Mailstop HR180
Iowa City, IA 52245-9555