PhD student Rebecca Gotlieb awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 1, 2016

Award supports outstanding graduate students in STEM

Rebecca Gotlieb

Rebecca Gotlieb

Rebecca Gotlieb, who is completing her PhD in educational psychology, was among the 2016 awardees of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

The prestigious program, the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, supports outstanding graduate students and future thought leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NSF fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 as well as tuition benefits and numerous opportunities for international research and professional development.

In her research, Gotlieb aims to use a combination of qualitative, behavioral and neurophysiological techniques to investigate how to leverage empathy to promote learning and social connection.

“I am honored to receive this award and make my own small contribution toward using rigorous scientific research to address issues in learning and education,” says Gotlieb. “The rich resources at USC, particularly at Rossier and at the Brain and Creativity Institute, and the opportunity for collaborate exchanges, make my research possible.”

Gotlieb’s application reviewers commented specifically on the promising interdisciplinary nature of her approach, a praise echoed by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Gotlieb’s faculty adviser and associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience.

“Rebecca’s interdisciplinary research interests in empathy, perspective taking and social emotion position her work to contribute to genuine advances in the study of how people learn,” Immordino-Yang says. “She is a wonderful person to work with and a pillar of our research team.”