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Graduate student wins research award

April 26, 2011

Jackie Peila-Shuster, a doctoral candidate within the School of Education, has recently been awarded the 2011 National Career Development Association's Graduate Research Grant.

One of fifteen finalists

The National Career Development Association’s Graduate Research Grant for 2011 has been awarded to Jackie Peila-Shuster, a doctoral candidate within the School of Education, College of Applied Human Sciences. The $500 award to support her dissertation titled “Retirement Self-Efficacy: The Effects of a Pre-Retirement Strengths-Based Intervention on Retirement Self-Efficacy and Exploration of Relationships between Positive Affect and Retirement Self-Efficacy” was selected from fifteen finalists.

Exemplary and timely research

NCDA sponsors a series of competitive awards to honor graduate students who undertake exemplary research addressing topics related to career information, career development, and career planning. The award includes an invitation for Peila-Shuster to present the highlights of her research at the Graduate Student Research Grant and the NCDA Mentor Research Grants Symposium at the National Conference in San Antonio in June.

Major advisor Rich Feller noted the importance and relevance of Peila-Shuster’s work. “NCDA, started in 1913, is a founding division of the American Counseling Association, and to receive this award speaks well to the quality and timeliness of Jackie’s work. Her research has placed her in great demand on campus as staff, faculty and community members nearing retirement attend the training developed in parallel with her research.”

Laurie Carlson, program coordinator of the Counseling and Career Development program notes that “Jackie’s work highlights the expanding interest in career development counseling over the lifespan, and her dissertation complements her strong preparation, rich teaching and career counseling experience as she prepares for a faculty position in Counselor Education.”

Counseling and Career Development program

The School of Education’s Counseling and Career Development program includes 40 graduate students working in the areas of school, career and college counseling. Peila-Shuster serves as an instructor in the master’s program and will complete her Ph.D. this summer.

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
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