Research Highlights

Research productivity and scholarly influence are a central foundation for the Neag School of Education. Its research portfolio currently averages more than $10 million in annual expenditures, with a mix of federally funded grant projects and state and local contracts. Neag School faculty actively compete for a diverse range of federal awards through the Institute for Education Sciences (U.S. Department of Education), National Science Foundation, and National Institutes for Health, and are regularly rewarded for their high-quality and innovative ideas. The expertise of Neag School researchers is highly sought at state and local levels to advance initiatives and evaluate outcomes. Together, the School’s faculty and departments are highly ranked across national metrics for their research productivity and scholarly influence.

The Neag School academic plan clearly acknowledges contributions to research and scholarship, and defines clear directions for moving into the future. The School’s strategic areas of focus are organized around the following four themes:

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • STEM Education
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Educator Quality and Effectiveness

Engaging in innovative education reform with substantial impact on students and the systems surrounding them requires coordinated work over time to simultaneously implement change, study its effectiveness, and share it widely in ways that have lasting impact. We will accomplish these goals through deepening our transdisciplinary collaborations among educators, policymakers, researchers, and stakeholders across multiple fields to establish the policies, funding streams, and evidence-based practices that will promote achievement of state and national education goals.

We welcome your interest in our scholarly work, and invite you to contact us for more information about our current projects as well as potential for collaboration.

Recent Research in the News

Faculty researchers from across the Neag School are regularly featured in stories and announcements regarding their research. View recent examples below. Learn more about the nine Research Centers affiliated with the Neag School.

The Renzulli Academy in Hartford, Conn., for children in Grades 4-8 was the first stand-alone public school in the country for gifted and talented children in an urban area. More often, children living in poverty are not identified as gifted, nor served in special programs, according to a new UConn study. (Peter Morenus/UConn File Photo)

Students in Poverty Less Likely to Be Identified as Gifted

UConn gifted education specialists have published the first study to demonstrate a link between student poverty, institutional poverty, and the lower identification rate of gifted low-income students. Read More


$5M in Federal Funding to Support Educational Psychology Research

Fourth-graders working on experiment with teacher

Led by educational psychology professors in the Neag School of Education, two research projects have recently been awarded a total of nearly $5 million in federal funding, made available through the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act. Read More

Science of Learning Project Wins $3M NSF Award

NSF; National Science Foundation

The five-year grant, titled “Science of learning, from neurobiology to real-world application: a problem-based approach,” is one of 17 totaling $51 million awarded nationwide in the NSF Research Traineeship program, across all fields supported by the National Science Foundation.

The NRT program aims to develop transformative models for graduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read More

A new UConn study suggests that a simple, low-cost intervention may help narrow the longstanding college attainment gap among minority and low income students. (Getty Images)

A More Accessible ACT and SAT

According to a study by Joshua Hyman, an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, the administration of SAT or ACT tests in schools has uncovered low-income students who might have otherwise not applied to college: About 480 for every 1,000 who had taken the test before 2007 and had scored well. Read More

ThinkStock Abstract ArtIES Awards Neag School Researchers More Than $10M in Grants

Seven faculty members across the Neag School of Education have recently been awarded funding — totaling more than $10 million — by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for a range of education research projects. In addition, two Neag School alumni are part of grant projects newly funded by IES. Read More

US Department of Education logoSpecial Education Program Receives $1.3M Leadership Grant

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1.3 million in funding through its Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to the Neag School’s special education program for a project that will fully fund five doctoral students in the areas of literacy, positive behavioral supports, and transition, with four-year competitive fellowships for each student. Read More