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Kaufman-Hallahan-Pullen Distinguished Researcher Award

In recognition of the critical importance of research in special education conducted and disseminated by individuals or research teams whose impactful work has resulted in more effective services or education for exceptional individuals.

Martin J. Kaufman Distinguished Early Career Research Award

This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in special education, in basic and/ or applied research, within the first 10 years following receipt of the doctoral degree. Nominations are sought across all areas of Special Education as well as all forms of research methodology.

Early Career Publication Award

The Early Career Publication Award recognizes an outstanding research publication by an individual within five years after completing the doctorate. Nominations are sought across all areas of Special Education as well as all forms of research methodology.

Student Research Awards

This award recognizes high-quality research across multiple research methodologies conducted by students in the course of their undergraduate or graduate special education training program. 

Distinguished Researcher from Underrepresented Groups Award

The award will be given to individual researchers or research teams whose work has substantially contributed to: (a) special education research and (b) improving the educational experiences and outcomes of students with disabilities. 

Research Improving the Educational Access, Experiences, and Outcomes of BIPOC Students with Disabilities Award

This award recognizes rigorous research by individuals or teams that has contributed to: (a) better understanding and/or improving educational access, experiences, and outcomes of BIPOC students with disabilities. 

Past Award Recipients

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