Senior Samantha Yi Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant

Senior Samantha Yi Awarded Undergraduate Research Grant

Samantha Yi

Samantha Yi, a SESP senior majoring in social policy, was awarded an Academic Year Undergraduate Research Grant during fall quarter. Her research explores the leadership of a dual language learning program in Evanston.

The title of Yi’s research project is “Two-Way Immersion Sensemaking and Sensegiving: Investigating How Schools Frame a Dual Language Program.”

"I first heard about the two-way immersion program, or TWI, when I tutored students at Dewey Elementary School in Evanston,” says Yi. School District 65 in Evanston established the TWI program over a decade ago. Enrolling both native Spanish speakers and native English speakers, the TWI program teaches students in both English and Spanish from kindergarten to fifth grade.

“For my senior thesis, I wanted to expand on the work of my thesis adviser, Cynthia Coburn, on the role of leadership in implementation of academic programs at schools. So I decided to study the process whereby school principals frame program information to TWI teachers,” Yi says. Coburn is a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy who studies the relationship between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices.

Yi says, “I hope to learn what allows a principal to successfully share their program priorities with teachers and possibly identify certain principal tactics that lead to the successful implementation of TWI.”

Northwestern University’s Office of Undergraduate Research offers Academic Year Grants of up to $1,000. The grants fund research expenses to do an independent academic or creative project connected to an independent study or thesis seminar.

Students will find information for applying for undergraduate research grants on the Office of Undergraduate Research website.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/17/15