Apprentice Faculty Grant

The Apprentice Faculty Grant (AFG) Program within the Educational Research and Methods (ERM) Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) encourages and honors promising new researchers who have the potential for substantial contributions to engineering education.

In conjunction with the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference, the AFG program will grant up to four awards to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, junior faculty, staff members, or senior ranking faculty who are transitioning into engineering education research. Each award will include: 1) getting paired with a mentor who is a senior researcher in the engineering education community and 2) some support for conference travel expenses (exact level of financial support is still under consideration, but will not exceed $500). AFG recipients are expected to attend the full duration of the annual ASEE conference, including two ERM events, and are highly encouraged to attend at least one workshop.


To build capacity for the engineering education community through apprenticeship and mentoring to members of the engineering education research and scholarship community.


The AFG program is geared toward any individual currently or planning to pursue a career including engineering education research. The ERM Division is specifically looking for those who demonstrate:

  • Potential for substantial contributions to the field through engineering education research or scholarship.
  • Engineering education research at an “apprentice” stage of their pathway into the engineering education research community, and a desire to become an active member of the ERM Division.


  • Be clearly aligned with the goals of the Apprentice Faculty Grant program and the Educational Research and Methods Division of ASEE.
  • Focus on evidence of commitment to and potential for future contributions to the field of engineering education research in both the candidate’s statement and the letter of recommendation. Examples and specifics are particularly helpful to the review committee as they evaluate nominations.
  • Clearly describe the candidate’s future career goals, including how these include engineering education research.
  • Provide compelling evidence for “apprenticeship” status and how the applicant plans to leverage the AFG to help achieve career goals and contribute to the ERM Division.


Submit an application packet that is no longer than six total pages. Submit application as a single pdf in the order listed below to by mid-February 2020 (date TBD): The packet must include the following components:

  1. CV (2 pgs max), including at least: contact information and items relevant to the goals of the ERM Division (e.g., education – degree(s), institution(s), major(s), date(s) and dissertation title(s); educational research activities, instructional innovations)
  2. Personal Statement (2 pgs max), including a description of the nominee’s career goals, an explanation of why the nominee qualifies as apprentice status, and how apprenticeship in the ERM division will help achieve the stated career goals (2 page maximum)
  3. Letter of recommendation (2 pgs max) that describes how the nominee would benefit from a mentor within the engineering education community and the nominee’s commitment to engineering education research and scholarship.


Nominees are evaluated by a team of ERM reviewers on the following: (a) potential for future contributions to engineering education research, (b) need for mentoring/apprenticeship, and (c) possible future involvement with the ERM Division. Reviewers will specifically look for:

  • Career goals consistent with the ERM mission
  • Qualifications – apprentice status and demonstration of prior commitment to engineering education research
  • Potential for nominee to contribute to engineering education research in the future and the ERM Division;
  • Value of mentoring to further nominee’s career goals


Dates for the 2020 AFG cycle will be updated Winter 2020.

  • Friday, February 15, 2019 – Application deadline
  • April 1, 2019 – Notification of status to all applicants
  • May 15, 2019 – Assignment of ERM mentor to awardees
  • June 15-19, 2019 – Awardees will attend ASEE, including two ERM events


Nominees with questions are encouraged to email Courtney Faber <> or Rachel Anderson prior to submitting an application.


2020 ~ 2019 Natascha Buswell, UC Irvine
Carmen Lilley, University of Illinois at Chicago
Leroy Long III, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
2018 Rachel Anderson, Clemson University
Cory Brozina, Youngstown State University
Elif Miskioğlu, Bucknell University
Stephen Secules, University of Georgia
2017 Brooke Coley, Arizona State University
Stephanie Cutler, Penn State University
Cory Hixson, Rowan University
Rebecca Reck, Kettering University
2016 Courtney Faber, The College of New Jersey
Justin Hess, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Laura Hirshfield, University of Michigan and Olin College of Engineering
Jacqueline McNeil, University of Louisville
Anastasia Rynearson, Purdue University
2015 Alexandra Coso, Georgia Tech
Adam Kirn, University of Nevada-Reno
Walter Lee, Virginia Tech
Katherine Nelson, Arizona State University
2014 Rachel Kajfez, Ohio State University
Joyce Main, Purdue University
Allison Godwin, Clemson University
Cheryl Bodnar, University of Pittsburg
Matthew Siniawski, Loyola-Marymount University
2013 Samantha Brunhaver, Stanford University
James Huff, Purdue University
Mahnas Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, Virginia Tech
Diane Peters, University of Michigan
Kyle Trenshaw, University of Illinois
2012 Morgan Hynes, Tufts University
Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, Univesity of New Haven
Alejandra Magana, Purdue University
James Pembridge, Embry-Riddle University
2011 Sharnnia Artis, The Ohio State University
Cheryl Cass, Clemson University
Adam Carberry, Arizona State University
Erin Crede, Virginia Tech
Geoffrey Herman, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
2010 Aidsa Santiago Roman, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Gillian Nicholls, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Sarah Zappe, Pennsylvania State University
Marisa Orr, Clemson University
Julie Linsey, Texas A&M University
Devlin Montfort, Washington State University
2009 Mica Green, University of Cambridge
Shawn Jordan, Purdue University
Micah Lande, Stanford University
Noemi Mendoza-Diaz, Purdue University
Lora Oehlberg, University of California at Berkeley
Jen Schoepke, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Matthew Verleger, Purdue University
2008 Shanna Daly, Purdue University
Euridice Oware, Purdue University
Stephanie Rivale, University of Texas at Austin
Joachim Walther, University of Queensland
2007 Shane Brown, Washington State University
Alice Pawley, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Christine Guy Schnittka, University of Virginia
Julie Martin, University of Houston
2006 Ravel Ammerman, Colorado School of Mines
Monica Cardella, University of Washington
Daria Kotys-Schwartz, University of Colorado
Tamara Moore, Purdue University
2005 Marcia Friesen, University of Manitoba
Jenni Light, Washington State University
Ken Yasuhara, University of Washington
Stephen Zemke, University of Idaho
2004 Taryn Melkus Bayles, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Kristine R. Csavina, Arizona State University
Tammy VanDeGrift, University of Washington
Jessica M. Herrera Yellin, University of Washington
2003 John Brader, University of South Carolina
Lisa Bullard, North Carolina State University
John Feland, Stanford University
Sean St. Clair, Georgia Institute of Technology
2002 Betsy Aller, Western Michigna University
Ann McKenna, Northwestern University
Mary Cummings, Virginia Tech University
Cynthia A. Finley, University of Texas at Austin
2001 Donald Carpenter, University of Michigan
Chad Korach, Northwestern University
2000 Robin Adams, University of Washington
Kathryn Hollar, Cornell University
Brian Kinsey, Northwestern University
Heather Nachtmann, University of Pittsburgh
1999 Philip Parker, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Debbie Kaufman, North Carolina State University
Clark Merkel, North Dakota State University
Trevor Harding, University of Michigan
1998 Diane Beaudoin – Purdue University
John Bell – Univesity of Illinois – Chicago
Kenneth Kauffman
Sarah McComb – Purdue University
 1997  Ann Marie Flynn – Manhattan College
Eric Mulkay – Purdue University
Jennifer Turns – Georgia Tech
William Oakes – Purdue University