Utilizing social media to strengthen college aspirations
Funded by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nicole Ellison’s research on the effect of social media interactions and high school students’ preparedness for college led to the development of the College Connect app, which will seek to give peer group support via Facebook friends to students aspiring to attend colleges.
Start date: 1/1/2013
End date: 8/31/2014
Social media and college aspirations: A social capital perspective, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $134,135 (1/1/2013-8/31/2014)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is guided by the belief that every life has equal value, and aspires to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. The foundation is dedicated to discovering and disseminating innovative approaches to addressing extreme poverty and poor health in developing countries and improving the U.S. education system.
College Connect: College Knowledge Challenge Grant, Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: $20,663 (1/23/2013-1/31/2014)
The College Knowledge Challenge is a competitive grant initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award $2.5 million for the development of Facebook applications that make the college-going process more transparent, collaborative, and easy to navigate for low-income and first-generation students.
Press and Web mentions
"Facebook Is a Confidence Boost for First-gen College Students," Kansas City infoZine, 6/10/2013
"Facebook could boost confidence of first-gen college students," ANI News, 6/7/2013
"Study: Facebook Has Positive Influence on First Generation College Students," Inside Higher Ed, 6/7/2013
"Facebook may boost confidence of college students: Study," The Times of India, 6/7/2013
"Facebook Gives First-Generation College Students the Confidence to Apply and Succeed," Medical Daily, 6/6/2013
"Facebook: A confidence boost for first-gen college students," Phys.org, 6/6/2013
"Facebook: A Confidence Boost for First-Gen College Students," Science Daily, 6/6/2013