Applications are due to Dr. Salika Lawrence, chair, Educator-as-Researcher Award Committee ( no later than June 30, 2021. Please submit an application using the template in this Word document (also shown on the p. 19 of the latest edition of The NERA Researcher).


The Thomas F. Donlon Memorial Award for Distinguished Mentoring was established in 2000 in recognition of Tom's long and valued contributions to NERA, particularly as a mentor to so many colleagues. Since then, the award has been presented annually to NERA members who have demonstrated distinction as mentors of colleagues by guiding them and helping them find productive paths toward developing their careers as educational researchers.
The practice of mentoring in education has been going on for centuries, and most of us can name a person who helped us move our careers along by being more than just a friend or colleague. That person may have been an advisor in developing your research agenda or perhaps brought you to NERA for the first time after suggesting that you might be ready for a conference presentation.
Nominations are again being sought for this annual award. Nominees must be NERA members and may be nominated by any member(s) of NERA to whom they served as mentors. If you would like to see a member of NERA who was your mentor be recognized for his/her contributions to your success, send your nomination to Dr. Frank Daniello via email at by August 13, 2021. In addition to the nomination letter, all nominations must be accompanied by at least three letters of support indicating the ways in which the nominee distinguished her/himself as a mentor. Up to five separate letters of support can be sent for each nominee. The award will be presented at the 2021 NERA conference. Please contact Frank if you have any questions about the Donlon Award or the nomination process.
Information about the 2020 award recipient, Dr. Catherine O'Callaghan, is located at


The Leo D. Doherty Memorial Award is given to a longstanding NERA member who exemplifies the qualities that Leo Doherty brought to NERA members, his colleagues, and students throughout his career. The award, instituted by the NERA Board of Directors in 1981, honors the memory of Leo Doherty. He was instrumental in the development and growth of NERA as a professional association for educational research. His leadership qualities, which were both ethical and humane, encouraged others to pursue and achieve their goals. Thus, this award is presented to NERA members who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service to our organization. Nomination letters should be sent as an email attachment to April Zenisky at no later than June 30, 2021.
Nomination letters should explicitly name the nominee and offer a concise and compelling case for the candidate in terms of their leadership and service to NERA.
Information on the 2020 award recipient, Dr. Sara Finney, is located at

For more information, please e-mail April at


Presenters at the 2021 NERA conference are strongly encouraged to submit an original research paper (no more than 20 pages) in competition for the Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award. It should meet the criteria of being an empirical/inferential or theoretically-based study with supporting data, and may include case studies. This award is named in honor of Lorne H. Woollatt, a distinguished New York State educator and an active member of NERA. The winner of the award receives a $500 stipend to present their research paper at an invited session of the Consortium of State and Regional Educational Research Associations (SRERA) at the 2022 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting (to be held in San Diego, CA).
This year’s award will be given to the best paper presented by one or more authors at the 2021 NERA conference. Each paper goes through a blind review by the award committee. Each submitted paper is scored on the importance of the topic and need for the study; the quality of the research design, data analysis, results reported, and conclusions; and the contribution the research findings make to the knowledge-base of the field.
The Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper Award committee invites participants of the 2021 NERA conference to enter presented papers meeting the research study requirements described above. Please email two copies by Friday, November 5 to the committee chair, Rochelle Michel ( One copy should be a blind copy without any author identifying information on the title page and one copy that includes a title page with the names, affiliations, and email addresses of each author.
We very much look forward to receiving your paper by November 5.

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