PhD candidate Ngo awarded AERA Dissertation Grant

His research examines patterns and problems in math course-taking for students transitioning to college

Federick Ngo thumbnailPh.D. candidate Federick Ngo was recently awarded the AERA Dissertation Grant, which supports one year of dissertation research and writing. The AERA Dissertation Grant is a highly competitive award funded by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of the program is to stimulate research on U.S. education issues using large-scale national and international data sets.

Ngo’s dissertation is titled “Math Mismatch, Remediation, and Redundancy in the Transition to College.” He uses data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine patterns and problems in math course-taking as students begin college. Building off his work with Associate Professor Tatiana Melguizo on math remediation in community colleges, Ngo estimates the extent to which students’ college math remediation is warranted and identifies the pervasiveness of unnecessary math course-taking at the start of college. He uses statistical techniques to examine how experiences of math mismatch, remediation and redundancy affect college student outcomes.