Awards

JANUARY 8, 2020 — Manqian Liao, a Ph.D. student and research assistant in the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program, has received The Graduate School's Outstanding Research Assistant Award for the 2019-20 academic year! The award honors the top 2% of graduate assistants across campus in a given year, recognizing the outstanding contributions Manqian has made to the department and the University.

A huge congratulations from the Human Development & Quantitative Methodology department! We look forward to seeing the impact you make during the rest of your academic career with us!

Doug Lombardi HeadshotDECEMBER 16, 2019 — Dr. Doug Lombardi, associate professor of the Human Development Program in HDQM, has earned the 2020 Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award!


Reserved for scholars within 10 years of earning their doctoral degree, this award highlights Dr. Lombardi's noteworthy contributions to the field so early in his career. The Society for Text & Discourse will present this award to Dr. Lombardi at its annual meeting July 21-23, 2020, and invites Dr. Lombardi to give a keynote address the following year in Oslo, Norway!

Image of Dr. Judith Torney-PurtaNOVEMBER 11, 2019 — Dr. Judith Torney-Purta, professor emerita of the Human Development Program in HDQM, has received the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Science (ICPSR, University of Michigan) for 2019!


In her acceptance speech in Ann Arbor she reflected on her decision to become a psychologist who studies young people’s civic attitudes and engagement nationally and internationally. She also quoted the founding Director of the ICPSR organization, Warren Miller, who wrote the following in 1989 for the ICPSR's 25th Anniversary Book:

"Ours is a world in which the emphasis on…originality, insight and imagination has at times led to selfish, egocentric and less than civil behavior. The Consortium stands for openness of access to the facts (the data)."

Peter SteinerAUGUST 27, 2019 — Dr. Peter Steiner, associate professor in the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program in HDQM, is the co-recipient of the American Statistical Association's prestigious Causality in Statistics Education Award for 2019! This award recognizes faculty making advancements in the teaching and learning of causal inference in statistics. Dr. Steiner has been awarded for his course, "Design and Analysis of Quasi-Experiments for Causal Inference."


Dr. Steiner is a new addition to the HDQM faculty and the University of Maryland, and we look forward to seeing his future accomplishments contribute to the program and to the field of statistics!

Christy Tirrell-CorbinGeetha RamaniAPRIL 24, 2019 — Congratulations to both Dr. Christy Tirrell-Corbin, clinical professor, and Dr. Geetha Ramani, associate professor, of the Human Development Program in HDQM for receiving the 2018-2019 Excellence in Scholarship College of Education Senate Award!

APRIL 23, 2019 — Of 26 faculty nominated, Dr. Ramani is 1 of 5 to be named Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year for 2019! She will be recognized for making exceptional contributions to students' graduate experience at the Graduate School's Annual Fellowship and Award Celebration on May 14.

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APRIL 11, 2019 — Congratulations to our American Educational Research Association (AERA) Award 2019 winners!

Dr. Ji Seung Yang, assistant professor of the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program in HDQM, has been named Outstanding Reviewer for 2018 for the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics!

Tessa Johnson, student in the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program in HDQM, has been voted chair-elect of the AERA Graduate Student Council. She will join the AERA Council in 2020-2021!

Dr. Allan Wigfield, professor of the Human Development Program in HDQM, has received the 2019 Sylvia Scribner Award!

Lauren Singer Trakhman, student in the Human Development Program in HDQM, has been honored with the 2019 Best Graduate Student Paper Award!

Yi Feng, student in the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program in HDQM, has been selected the grand prize winner of the 2019 Division D In-Progress Research Gala!

Amanda BurkholderAPRIL 5, 2019 — The Graduate School of UMD recently hosted its university-wide Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, in which students have only three minutes to discuss the significance of their research to a live audience and panel of judges. Amanda Burkholder, pursuing her PhD in the Human Development Program of HDQM, was among the many doctoral students to compete but one of the few to win! Congratulations, Amanda!
Daniel McNeishAPRIL 5, 2019 — Dan McNeish (class of '15), graduated with his PhD from the Measurement, Statistics & Evaluation Program in HDQM and continues to succeed in the field. Most recently, he has received the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division D Early Career Award and the American Psychological Assocation's (APA) Division 5 Anastasi Early Career Award. He was also named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science!