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The EACE Research Grant is designed to encourage research and assessment within our field and share models that demonstrate design and outcomes. 

The research grant, in the amount of up to $2,000, will assist EACE members in conducting research and assessment within the field of career services or recruiting. Proposals for the research grant will include an outline for the year-long time frame as well as a plan for execution of the research, and methods for assessment of outcomes.




The principal researcher must be a current EACE member in good standing.


2018 Grant Timelines:

Application and proposal deadline: March 1, 2018
Research commences with the beginning of EACE fiscal year: July 1, 2018
Project completion and reporting by June 30, 2019


Application/Proposal Instructions:

Proposals and applications must be submitted to the EACE Awards/Research Grants Committee by the specified deadline date via the online application below. 


Contact the Awards and Research Grants Committee chairs, Dayna DeFiore or Audrey Cooper for any questions:

Selection Criteria

The Awards/Research Grants Committee will evaluate the Research Grant application and proposal. The committee's grant  nominee will be submitted to the EACE Executive Board for final approval. The Grant Recipient will be announced at the Annual EACE Conference. Award applications will be reviewed and a nominee chosen by the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance and usefulness to EACE membership

  • Originality

  • Clarity of goals and objectives

  • Quality of design

  • Reasonable and practical budget

  • Quality of assessment and outcomes plan

Reports and Grant Funds Distribution


Research commences on July 1 of the year in which the grant is awarded and quarterly progress reports will be submitted by October 1, January 1 and April 1. The progress cited in the quarterly reports should mirror the timetable outlined in the grant proposal. The grant funds of up to $2,000 may be distributed as needed and documented in each quarterly progress report. Click here for the reimbursement form and procedures.

A final report is to be submitted by June 30 and will be made available to EACE members.


All reports should be sent to: Awards & Research Grants Committee co-chairs and EACE Headquarters.

Note: Any changes to the research timeline or objectives are subject to the approval of the EACE Board and cannot be undertaken without that approval. Any changes made without the approval of the Board risk cancellation of the grant award.

Additional Information

The proposal must be typed, double-spaced, with each page numbered. The narrative should not exceed ten (10) pages. All margins should be no less than 1" and no more than 1.5".

Proposal Narrative

Proposal should include the following:
  • Assessment Plan and Method of Measuring Outcomes

  • Purpose/goal and objectives of the research project along with the research hypotheses to be tested
  • Relevance and usefulness to EACE membership
  • Research background including literature review or information pertinent to the research hypothesis.
  • Methodology including human subjects requirements, data collection methods and analysis, sample instruments  
  • Timeline for the completed project by quarter 
  • Itemized Budget may include: personnel support, postage, printing, travel, office supplies, computer time. Equipment purchases are not generally approved
  •  Appendices might include sample survey instruments
  • Names of the Researchers
  • Date

Standard Agreement

At the commencement of the Research, the Association and the Research Grant Recipient(s)  will sign a Standard Agreement that will outline the financial and legal obligations of the research grant award. The Agreement will address the following:

  • Expectations for Quarterly Reports

  • Expectations for the Final Report on the conclusions of the research

  • Expectations for presenting the results of the research to the membership such as:

    • Presentation at the EACE conference or another annual conference

    • Presentation in a network or professional development program

    • Publication in a professional journal

    • Report /research brief to the membership

    • Article in EACE Trending Blog

  • Establishment of intellectual property rights for any research, which results in a new product or service expected to be used by EACE, its members or the general public.

  • Plan for human subjects research training, if required.

EACE Research Grant Award Recipients 

(The grant is not awarded every year)

2017 Recipient



Kate Shirey

Acting Director of Career Development, St. Mary's College of Maryland Career Development Center


Kate Shirey holds a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Cortland and a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University.  Ms. Shirey is currently serving as the Acting Director for Career Development at St. Mary's College of Maryland. With a decade of experience helping students realize their career potential,  she is passionate about building equitable and inclusive programs that empower St. Mary's students and leverage their liberal arts skills.  




Her research proposal, Participation by Underrepresented Students in Job Shadow Programs describes a pilot program in which students traditionally underrepresented in higher education receive access to a mentorship and grant program. The students included may be an ethnic minority, first generation, and/or person of low socioeconomic status. Students will be matched with both a peer mentor and a professional mentor who will work together to support the mentee. The participation rate in the college job shadowing program will be used to assess the effectiveness of this treatment for increasing participation in career-related activities.


2016 - "Ethnic Minority Student Usage of Career Services' 

Jeffrey Alston, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, The College of Brockport, Office of Career Services. Click here to read his final research report.


2012 - "Motivations of Undergraduate Public Health Majors and the Pursuit of Careers in Public Health"; Warren Hilton, Assistant Dean for Student and External Affairs, Drexel University School of Public Health

Click Here to Read Warren Hilton's Testimonial

Click Here to Read Warren Hilton's E-News Article 

2010 -
 Parents and students career beliefs at college entry and influence of parental beliefs on students' career success, Marianna Savoca and Elena Polenova, Stony Brook University (SUNY)

2006 - Parent, Student and Career Professionals' Expectations in the Career Development Process, SUNY College at Buffalo, Stephanie Zuckerman-Aviles,
Jessie Lombardo & Cathleen Walther

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