Sociology researcher gets $300,000 to examine education and adolescent development

June 24, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas—Dr. Robert Crosnoe, an assistant professor of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, is among six researchers nationwide to be appointed William T. Grant Scholars, each of whom will receive $300,000, over five years to support their research.

Crosnoe will conduct research into a life course model of adolescent development.
He will examine how adolescents’ academic trajectories, such as math/science achievement and course-taking patterns, are intertwined with their changing relationships with parents, teachers and peers over time and within contexts defined by their level of economic disadvantage, race/ethnicity and immigration status.

His research is intended to demonstrate how the development of adult-like relationship models, in which different interpersonal resources are tapped for different reasons, both structures and is facilitated by students’ navigation of key curricula in high school. Crosnoe will examine how this phenomenon can be leveraged to understand larger demographic-based inequalities in education.

The William T. Grant Scholars Program has a 24-year history as a stepping-stone for early career researchers in the social and behavioral sciences. Each year, it selects four to six exceptional early career scholars and gives them financing, mentorship and interdisciplinary experience.

The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to help create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. It pursues this goal by investing in research and in people and projects that use evidence-based approaches. The foundation supports research on how contexts such as families, programs and policies affect youth, how these contexts can be improved and how scientific evidence affects influential adults.

For more information contact: Dr. Robert Crosnoe, 512-232-6340.