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The Amir Lopatin Fellowship
Request for Proposals (RFP)
Date of Announcement: Monday, April 7, 2014
Deadline for Application: Friday, May 9, 2014 (noon)
Decision Date for Award: Friday, June 6, 2014
The Stanford Graduate School of Education established an endowment fund supported by the generosity of the family and friends of Amir Lopatin (1976-2004), former doctoral student in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD) Program; 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of his death. Amir’s family and friends worked intensively to create a memorial fund in his name to support research in learning sciences and technology design, which Amir strongly felt held much promise for education. Proceeds from the endowment fund provide support to a research project of exceptional merit, selected each year from among proposals submitted by Graduate School of Education doctoral students in the LSTD Program, in line with the criteria described below. The Lopatin Fellowship is announced each year on a similar schedule as described above.
Amir’s family: Shoshana Lopatin Wainer (sister), Sara Lopatin (mother), Uri Lopatin (brother)
The eligibility requirements described in the endowment award, and the proposal specifications, determined by LSTD faculty administering the program, are as follows:
The purpose of the Amir Lopatin Fellowship is to provide funding to LSTD PhD students for an exceptional project involving technology and education. Special consideration will be given to projects involving community-level fieldwork which use technology and project-based learning to make education more engaging for primary and secondary school-age students and otherwise enhance children’s educational experience. Up to $7,500 will be awarded in 2014 to cover research-related expenses for one or more awards.
A brief description of the research proposal should be provided in no more than five single-space pages (12 point type). The project description should include:
- A statement of your research problem
- Your approach to investigating the problem (research design, sample, procedures)
- Timeline with key activities for your research activity, and
- Budget and budget explanation. Funds can be proposed for a range of purposes, such as research media (e.g., audio or videotapes, hard-disks or charges for media storage), transcription costs, paying data coders, participant costs, photocopying, mailing, software, living expenses at research site if maintaining residence there, travel expenses to/from research site. Please note: the Lopatin Fellowship funds cannot be used for tuition payments to Stanford, to purchase capital equipment, or for self-payment for transcription of other research activities.
Select references should be included and will not count toward the five-page limit. A current résumé should also be included with your application. The application should be submitted as a single PDF file, including the project description, budget, and résumé. Please send your application via attachment with Subject header “Lopatin Award Application” to Shelley Goldman (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than noon, Friday, May 9, 2014. Put your last name into the file name of your document, using the following file naming convention when you email your application: LastnameLopatinAward.pdf. A brief final report from the Lopatin Fellow’s research activities will be due no later than March 31, 2015, and will be posted on the Lopatin Fellowship page of the GSE web site.
The Lopatin Award Committee, comprised of a group of LSTD program faculty, will review proposals and make decisions about the award for announcement on Friday, June 6, 2014. The decision will be based on scientific merit, and not financial need, consistent with the terms of the endowment fund.
For more background about Amir Lopatin, please see the family’s memorial site: http://www.amirlopatin.com.