CRECE seeks applications for undergraduate research fellows program

By WCER Communications

The Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE) invites applications for a new undergraduate research fellowship program funded through a generous contribution from Sue and George Krug and the UW–Madison School of Education’s Impact 2030 initiative.

CRECE is housed within the School of Education’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research.

The program’s goal is to diversify the research communities that address early childhood education issues. CRECE hopes to do this by providing mentored research experiences to traditionally underrepresented and other minoritized undergraduate students. Unique among education research centers in its whole-child, ecological approach to research — as well as its multi-tiered approach to stakeholder engagement — CRECE’s work focuses on children ages 0-8, their families, and communities.

Fellows will work with both faculty and graduate students on current CRECE research projects. In these fellowships, students will experience:

  • Active engagement in a CRECE research project;
  • Mentoring by a faculty member and a graduate student;
  • Participation in a weekly workshop;
  • A culminating project report representing work during the fellowship period (approved by mentor); and
  • An hourly stipend of $12.75/hr.

The program will run from Sept. 8, 2021 – May 6, 2022, and a commitment to both semesters is expected. Successful applicants are asked to register for one research credit with Amy Claessens or Beth Graue. Applications are due by Aug. 15.

Applications will be made online and will be evaluated for their commitment to and interest in early childhood education; their fit with current CRECE research projects and mentors; and their vision for how this experience will benefit their professional development and diversification of the early childhood research community.

Applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria will be considered:

  • Are from a racial/ethnic minority group: African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Native Alaskan, Native Pacific Islander, Native American, Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese, admitted to the U.S. after Dec. 31, 1975), and biracial/multiracial;
  • Are from a low-income household;
  • Are first in their family to attend college; 
  • Have a documented disability.

If interested in becoming a CRECE Undergraduate Research Fellow, please contact Graue ( with questions and/or complete an application here.