Matthew Taylor, a UCF postdoctoral scholar in STEM education, was selected for one of ten highly-competitive annual CADRE fellowships. Recipients receive a one-year fellowship to work with the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a resource network for STEM education researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The CADRE Fellows program, which is now in its tenth year, provides capacity building and networking opportunities for researchers who are in the early stages of their STEM education careers. The new fellows include postdocs, graduate students and research associates who have been nominated by awardees from NSF’s Discovery Research in PreK-12 Education (DRK-12) program. The DRK-12 projects research and develop a wide range of STEM education resources, materials and technologies.

Taylor received his doctorate in exceptional education at UCF under advisor and Pegasus Professor Lisa Dieker. He is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the STEM Education Department with Megan Nickels, assistant professor of mathematics education and STEM education. Taylor’s research focuses on inclusion and equity through STEM for students with disabilities, including those who are medically fragile and those with intellectual disabilities, at Nemours Children’s Hospital.

In the coming year, the new CADRE Fellows will explore potential career options and explore how to develop and submit proposals, write for publication and dissemination, and build a professional network. Their experience will culminate in a mock proposal review and discussion with NSF program directors.

“The CADRE Fellows program offers a unique opportunity for early career researchers to network with, and learn from NSF-funded STEM education awardees from across the country,” said Education Development Center’s Catherine McCulloch, who oversees the program along with Jennifer Stiles. “It’s an honor to coordinate a program that, in part, is focused on broadening participation within the research community.”

This year’s fellows represent diverse disciplines, areas of research and perspectives. View the full list of the 2018-2019 CADRE Fellows and learn more about the program.


Education Development Center designs, implements and evaluates programs to improve education, health and economic opportunity worldwide. CADRE is a resource network funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that supports researchers and developers who participate in Discovery Research K–12 projects.

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