The University of Iowa

Training and Experience for Tomorrow's Leaders

Graduate Students

Graduate students who join the Iowa Reading Research Center team work toward an advanced degree in special education at the University of Iowa while gaining real-world experience working for one of the leading reading research centers in the United States.

Benefits of Being a Graduate Student at the Iowa Reading Research Center

  • Tuition and stipend available
  • Gain experience conducting literacy research

We love to see our graduate student assistants achieve success during their time working with us. Our faculty mentors will encourage and challenge you to do your best and help you pursue academic and professional achievements.

Achievements of Current and Past Graduate Students

  • State and national research awards
  • Grant funding for research projects
  • Presentations at national and international academic conferences
  • Publications in professional journals

Postdoctoral Scholars

For those who have completed their doctoral studies in fields relevant to the work of the Iowa Reading Research Center (special education, literacy, communication sciences and disorders, cognitive psychology) a postdoctoral position can provide important opportunities to gain research experience. Depending on their skills and preparation, our postdoctoral scholars support funded research projects that might include:

  • Developing and testing literacy interventions
  • Measuring students’ and teachers’ improvement
  • Developing assessments of literacy skills and knowledge
  • Analyzing extant datasets
  • Evaluating schools’ implementation of literacy programs

In addition, postdoctoral scholars are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and contribute to writing grant proposals.