APS Member Receives Presidential Early Career Award


APS Member Katherine A. Rawson, Kent State University, has been given the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which recognizes promising scientists at the beginning of their careers. The award includes a five-year grant to support additional research.

Rawson is being recognized for her work in cognitive psychology at Kent University. Her research focuses on the cognitive process behind text comprehension, how the processes become automatic, and how component processes interact with one another. Study strategies and study schedules are Rawson’s top priority, and her goal is to encourage durable and efficient student learning by the development of a ‘study buddy’ intervention.

Another psychology researcher has also won the award. Jimmy de la Torre, Rutgers University, studies psychological and educational testing and measurement and hopes that “this award will draw attention to the important role that psychometrics and measurement can play in improving teaching and learning in this country.”

Established in 1996, the Presidential Early Career awards will be presented at a White House ceremony this fall.

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