Psychology's Rawson Recognized by President for Research Skill
Dr. Katherine Rawson
President Barack Obama recently named 100 beginning researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Dr. Katherine Rawson, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, was included in this prestigious recognition. Rawson has been with Kent State since fall 2004.
Rawson’s research was recognized through nomination on behalf of the Department of Education.
Rawson says the nomination process was rigorous and began last summer. Her grant-funded research, undertaken with colleague John Dunlosky, seeks to identify effective study strategies and study schedules for students to learn classroom material in a durable and efficient manner.
“Usually,” Rawson says, “these two concepts of durability and efficiency tend to work against each other.
“We need to learn, as researchers and as educators, to be sensitive to the amount of time it takes students of all ages to learn the overwhelming amount of material they’re expected to master over the course of a semester,” Rawson says.
She expects that the research will apply to a wide range of content domains, and she and her colleagues have begun to work with students as young as middle school age.
The recipient scientists and engineers will receive their awards in the fall at a White House ceremony.