DCDT Supports Early Career Scholars

Each year, DCDT provides two opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research with the Sitlington Emerging Career Award (to take place in Cedar Rapids at the reception) as well as the Graduate Student Scholarship competition. In addition to these two opportunities, this year DCDT piloted a competitive scholarship program to connect with student and early career transition researchers who are new to our conference. Scholarship recipients receive $1,250 in travel funds to cover their expenses, attend the DCDT student and early career pre-conference, and participate in our research mentorship program. Applicants submitted letters of recommendation along with a statement outlining their past transition research and experiences, future goals, and how the DCDT conference might contribute to their transition knowledge and future endeavors. Although we received many strong applications, we were limited to three recipients.  We would like to congratulate this year's winners. We can't wait to meet them at DCDT 2018! 


Elisabeth Kutscher, George Washington University

Elisabeth Kutscher is a doctoral candidate in Special Education and Disability Studies at The George Washington University. Her background as a special education teacher and administrator drives her interests in postsecondary transition, school well-being, and mixed methods research. Her dissertation focuses on the K-12 and postsecondary experiences young adults with disabilities perceive as influencing their persistence in postsecondary education. 


Jennifer Lillis, Boston University 

Jennifer Lillis is pursuing her doctorate in Special Education at Boston University, focusing on how to improve the implementation of high quality transition practices in schools. Her commitment to ensuring that all students have access to meaningful postsecondary opportunities stems from her work as the Director of College Access and Alumni Engagement at sport-based youth development organization in Boston called SquashBusters. She has also worked as a special education teacher in both Brooklyn, NY and Monteverde, Costa Rica.


Annemarie Horn, Old Dominion University

Annemarie L. Horn, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education at Old Dominion University.  Her passion in the field of special education began when she was in secondary school and volunteered regularly in the special education department.  Dr. Horn worked as a paraprofessional before becoming a certified special education teacher, educating students in school districts across Virginia, Texas, and Nevada.  Dr. Horn’s research focuses on improving employment and independent living outcomes for transition-age youth with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder through utilizing technology and evidence-based practices.