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Robert P. Larsen Grant for Research in Career Development

The Robert P. Larsen Grant for Research in Career Development was created in memory of Bob Larsen, the first career counselor at the University of Illinois, to recognize his life-long commitment to and support of career counseling. The Career Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign awards this grant to support research that addresses topics relevant to the field of career development and that will increase knowledge related to career and vocational topics.  

The Award
The Robert P. Larsen Grant for Research in Career Development awards up to three grants per year. Maximum individual awards will be $1500 per year. Lesser amounts may be awarded.

Eligibility
Currently-enrolled graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in good academic standing in Masters or Doctoral programs are eligible. Both qualitative and quantitative research proposals will be considered.

Past Winners
Read below to meet the past Larsen Grant winners. Explore topics we have funded, and see how the research of Larsen Grant winners is making an impact. We’re proud to support this network of accomplished researchers contributing to the field of career development!

Robert P. Larsen Grant Past Recipients

2017-2018

Jessamyn Perlus

Educational Psychology
Project Name
Impostor Phenomenon and Careers of Female Graduate Students
Keywords
Women’s Career Development, Self-Efficacy, Imposter Phenomenon, Career Barriers, mixed-methods

2015-2016

Tijan Sun & Bo Zhang

Labor and Employment Relations
Project Name
Overcoming Biased Vocational Interest Interpretations: Forcing Improved Measurement
Keywords
vocational interests, measurement

Lin Bian

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
The Pervasive and Early-Emerging Bias against Women in Careers Where Success is Thought to Depend on Intellectual Talent
Keywords
women, Career Development, bias, intellectual talent

Gaeun Seo

College of Education, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Project Name
Faculty Careers from Socio-Cognitive and Contextual Perspectives
Keywords
career decision-making, social cognitive career theory, cognitive information processing theory, doctoral workforce development

2014-2015

Sarah Marie Zehr

College of Education, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Project Name
Student Internship Experiences and Learning Opportunities: A Mixed Method Study
Keywords
mixed-methods, experiential learning, internships

Rachel Amrhein

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Vocational Interest at Work: Examining the Daily Vocational Experience of Employees
Keywords
vocational interests, measurement

2013-2014

Qianqi Song, Jonathan Phan, Mengyang Cao, Bertha Rangel, and Seonghee Cho and Justin Wiegand

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology; School of Labor and Employment Relations
Project Name
Development of a Vocational Interest Computer Adaptive Test Skills, Social Ties, or Self-Esteem?
Keywords
vocational interests, measurement, self-esteem, computer adaptive testing

Lenore Matthew

School of Social Work
Project Name
Examining the Impact of Vocational Training on Informally Employed Women in Brazil
Keywords
vocational training, women, international

2012-2013

Jonathan Wei Ming Phan

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
The Importance of Dislikes: Considering the Duality of Individual Preferences in Vocational Interests
Keywords
vocational interests, dislikes, preferences

Mengyang Cao

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Improving the Measurement Efficiency of Vocational Interest Measures: The Perspective of the Ideal Point Model
Keywords
vocational interests, measurement

Larisa Hussak

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Proceed Only if “Gifted”: How Trait-Based Beliefs About What is Required for Success Act as a Barrier to Women in the Workforce
Keywords
women, barriers, trait-based beliefs

2011-2012

Dustin D. Lange

Community Health
Project Name
Career Development and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: A Proposal for the Larsen Grant
Keywords
Career Development, young adults, cancer survivors

Julie Pickens

Special Education
Project Name
Pennsylvania Special Education Directors’ View of and Barriers to Community-Based Vocational Instruction
Keywords
vocational training, barriers, special education

2010-2011

Rong Su

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Increasing Women’s Representation in Sciences & Engineering: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Keywords
women, STEM

Suzann Heft Sears

Community Health
Project Name
Examining Career Readiness of College Students with Disabilities
Keywords
Career readiness, college students with disabilities

2009-2010

Florian Lorenz

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Exploring Bipolarity in Vocational Interests: The Generality and Specificity of Individual Interests
Keywords
vocational interests, measurement

Louis Tay

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Demographic Differences in Vocational Interests: Measurement Bias and Mean-level Differences
Keywords
vocational interests, measurement

2008-2009

Serena Wee

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Compromises in Career-Related Decisions: Hypothetical Choices, Individual Differences, and Actual Outcomes
Keywords
career decision making, individual differences, outcomes

Julia Panke Makela

College of Education, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
Project Name
Contextual Influences to Career Choice: Intersections between Perceived Barriers and Career Counseling Experiences of First-Year College Students
Keywords
Career intervention outcomes, barriers, environmental supports, career decision-making self-efficacy, first-year college students, social cognitive career theory
Resultant Publications

1. Makela, J. P. (2014). Influences of individual career counseling on college students career decision-making self-efficacy. In T. Hicks and A. Pitre (Eds.), Research studies in higher education: Educating multicultural college students (pp. 26-53). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
2. Makela, J. P. (2011). Career counseling as an environmental support: Exploring influences on career choice, career decision-making self-efficacy, and career barriers. Doctoral dissertation. Retrieved from ProQuest 3479214.

Jing Jin

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Stability and Change in Values:  A Meta-Analysis of Longitudinal Studies
Keywords
values, meta-analysis

2007-2008

Rong Su

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
Project Name
Sex Differences in Vocational Interests: A meta-analysis
Keywords
sex differences, gender, vocational interest, meta-analysis
Resultant Publications

Su, R., Rounds, J., & Armstrong, P. I. (2009). Men and things, women and people: a meta-analysis of sex differences in interests. Psychological bulletin, 135(6), 859.

Vetisha McClair

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
Project Name
Career Counseling and Career Courses: Process, Impact and Outcomes
Keywords
career counseling, career course, Career intervention outcomes

2006-2007

Shuhong Wang

Labor and Employment Relations
Project Name
Moderating effect of work values and organizational procedural justice in the relationships of job insecurity and withdrawals behaviors
Keywords
work values, job insecurity, withdrawal behavior

2005-2006

Hongxia Fan

Labor and Employment Relations
Project Name
Stability of Values: A Meta–Analysis
Keywords
values, meta-analysis

2004-2005

Gregory Hoffeditz

College of Education, Human Resource Education
Project Name
Military Retirement: Exploring the Relationships Between Individual Characteristics and Transition Mental Preparedness
Keywords
military retirement, transition

Hsin-Ya Liao

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
Project Name
Development of Public-Domain Basic Interest and Scales
Keywords
vocational interests; measurement

Xuhua Qin

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
Project Name
Family Influence on Asian Americans’ Career Choice: An examination of intergenerational conflict on self-efficacy and career choice
Keywords
career choice, self efficacy, family influence, intergenerational, Asian Americans

2003-2004

Eunok Alice Kim & Sooyoung Kim

College of Education, Human Resource Development
Project Name
The Influence of Career Counselors’ Experiences on Their Perceptions of Their Careers and Counseling Service
Keywords
career counselors, Career Development

Sang Eun Woo & Alyssa Gibbons

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology
Project Name
Relationships Between Vocational Interests and Managerial Performance Dimensions in South Korea: Comparing Results of a Developmental Assessment Center Across Cultures
Keywords
vocational interests, managerial performance, international

Mary Russell

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
Project Name
Convergent and Discriminant Validity of RIASEC Inventories
Keywords
vocational interests; measurement

2002-2003

Hyunhee Kim

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
Project Name
Pro Bono Work and Ethnic Community: Korean American Lawyers’ Ethnic, Class, and Legal Professional Identities
Keywords
professional identity, ethnicity, class

Patrick Armstrong

College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology
Project Name
An Integrated Model of Individual Differences for Career Counseling
Keywords
career counseling, individual differences