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Elena Aydarova, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, has been selected as a 2021 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation postdoctoral fellow. The award provides funding and professional development to early-career researchers whose projects address critical issues in the history, theory or practice of formal or informal education, at the national and international levels.

Aydarova is the first Auburn scholar in 20 years to receive the fellowship.

This year, 25 fellows were selected from a competitive pool of 249 applications from scholars of education. The fellowships are administered by the National Academy of Education, an honorary educational society, and they are funded by a grant to the academy from the Spencer Foundation. The fellowship program has more than 800 alumni who include many of the strongest education researchers in the field today. The academy believes the fellowships enhance the future of education research by developing new talent in the many disciplines represented by the scholars selected.

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