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Silver receives funding for project on first-generation college seniors from immigrant families

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Silver Receives Funding For Project On First-Generation College Seniors From Immigrant Families 

Blake R. Silver, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, received $1,947 from the American College Personnel Association for the project: "Layered Transitions: First-Generation College Seniors from Immigrant Families." With the support of collaborators Tharuna Kalaivanan, Fanni Farago, and Kellie Wilkerson, Mason doctoral students studying sociology, this project will explore the experiences of students who are both children of immigrants and the first in their families to pursue a bachelor’s degree. In-depth interviews will be analyzed to understand the resources FGC students from immigrant families bring to the senior-year transition and how these resources shape strategies for navigating the transition. 

Exploring these topics will contribute both to building sociological theory as well as to policy and practice in higher education, with implications for supporting student success for first-generation college seniors from immigrant families. 

This funding began in Dec. 2022 and will end in late Nov. 2023. 


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