What is Project NeXus?
The Special Education Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of
Connecticut has been awarded a new Doctoral Leadership Grant to support the specialized
preparation of doctoral students in special education. The award is from the Office of Special
Education Programs and the U.S. Department of Education.
What does Project NeXus offer doctoral students?
In Project NeXus, a limited and select number of doctoral fellows will have the opportunity to
receive (a) full tuition support, (b) monthly stipends, (c) paid travel opportunities, and (d)
support to offset textbook and other costs. In addition, computer use, study space, and
technology supports will also be provided.
How is Project NeXus unique from other leadership training grants?
Project NeXus offers qualified, full-time doctoral students a unique, structured opportunity to (a)
participate in cutting-edge school-based research and scholarship in literacy, behavior supports,
and postsecondary transition; (b) develop expert competence in advanced research
methodologies; (c) build an experience history and curriculum vita that enhance their
competitive employment edge, especially in higher education; and (d) maximize their leadership
capacity to make meaningful special education contributions. In addition, Project NeXus
competencies highlight advanced research design and execution, grant development and
management, scholarship and publishing, personnel preparation, and applied consultation.
What is special about doctoral training at the University of Connecticut?
The Special Education program at UConn is among the best in the country and is supported by a
number of highly ranked programs (e.g., School Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation) and
Centers (e.g., Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Behavioral Education and
Research, Postsecondary Education and Disability). In addition, Project NeXus doctoral students
will work with nationally recognized researchers and scholars, such as, Mike Coyne (literacy),
Sandy Chafouleas (behavioral assessment and school psychology), Michael Faggella-Luby
(adolescent literacy and postsecondary), Joseph Madaus (secondary transition/postsecondary
education), Natalie Olinghouse (writing), Brandi Simonsen (classroom management and
behavior support), George Sugai (positive behavioral interventions and supports), and Hariharan
Swaminathan (statistics, measurement, evaluation).
Who can apply?
We are looking for highly qualified individuals, who have the experience, history, and
enthusiasm to succeed in a rigorous, top-ranked special education doctoral program and to
become an influential special education leader, researcher, and scholar. Qualified applicants will
be able to articulate how the special education doctoral program at UConn aligns with their
individual interests and career goals
Can I contact someone to learn more about Project NeXus?
We would love to tell you more about Project NeXus. Please contact one of the Project NeXus
co-directors: Mike Coyne (Michae.firstname.lastname@example.org), Joseph Madaus
(email@example.com), or George Sugai (George.firstname.lastname@example.org). You can click
aroundwww.uconn.edu and www.education.uconn.edu to learn more about UConn and the Neag
School of Education.
How do I apply?
To apply, go to http://www.education.uconn.edu/howtoapply/grad.cfm to learn about the general
application process, and send us an email about why you want to be part of Project NeXus at