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Congratulations to Megan Griffin —Think College Emerging Scholar

Updated on 11/18/2011 3:24:10 PM.

Megan Griffin has been selected as a Think College Emerging Scholar for 2011-2012. She is 1 of 5 in the first national cohort of Emerging Scholars in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Griffin is a doctoral student in Special Education at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and is a Trainee in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).

Think College is a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. The goal of the Think College Emerging Scholars Program is to build a network for the next generation of research professionals through collaboration, information sharing, and dissemination of new work.

“Megan Griffin is an ideal recipient of this honor,” said Robert Hodapp, Ph.D., professor of Special Education and UCEDD director of research. “Her deep and well-rounded interests in transition; her ability to analyze data to produce practical, policy-relevant research; her growing record of accomplishment in both the state and the nation—all distinguish Megan as a young professional who is rapidly making her mark in the area of postsecondary education and, more generally, in the transitions of young adults with IDD into postsecondary and post-school settings. In many ways, Megan is the perfect combination: a caring, committed disability professional, a well-trained practitioner who helps Vanderbilt’s Next Steps [postsecondary education program] and Tennessee’s Postsecondary Task Force, and a sophisticated researcher who can examine difficult, real-world transition issues.”

As an Emerging Scholar, Griffin will receive a scholarship to support travel costs and product development; opportunities to disseminate her research to a broad audience; and collaboration opportunities with fellow scholars and senior researchers in the field.

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