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Adrienne Sgammato receives Spencer Foundation Fellowship

Adrienne Sgammato, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in Education; Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation, was recently selected as a Spencer Foundation Fellow for the 2007-2008 academic year. She will participate in the Foundation’s Discipline-Based Scholarship in Education program, which seeks to improve educational research by promoting collaboration among researchers in different disciplinary departments across a university, such as social work, psychology, education and others. Sgammato is one of 22 fellows selected from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The fellowship carries a stipend supplement and a summer assistantship. During this academic year, the fellows will participate in seminars several times per month where they will hear outside speakers, faculty and other fellows. They also will receive training in educational policy engagement and in writing policy briefs.

Next spring, each fellow will be paired with a UNC faculty member whose research interests are parallel to the fellow’s. Over the summer, the fellows will engage in a research apprenticeship with their faculty mentors, pursuing a joint research project.

Sgammato is an aspiring psychometrician whose interests center on the educational policy implications of educational tests, namely high stakes testing. She hopes to work at a standardized testing company upon graduation from UNC. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Springfield College in Massachusetts.