The Grant's mission
IERF's mission is to research and share information on world educational systems and to facilitate the integration of individuals educated outside the United States into the U.S. educational environment and work force.
IERF accomplishes this by:
- conducting comprehensive, quality research on world educational systems
- sharing its research findings with the international community
- providing research-based credentials evaluations and related services
The purpose of the research grant program is to aid IERF in carrying out this mission. Therefore, IERF invites individuals and organizations to submit appropriate research project proposals for funding. Research grants are awarded for research only and not for study.
The Sepmeyer Research Grant Program
About Inez Sepmeyer
For many years, the late Inez Sepmeyer worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she focused on the admission and placement of international students and conducted research on international educational systems. Encouraged and aided by her late husband, Ludwig, she established the first U.S. private credentials evaluation service (IERF) in 1969. Her vision led to the publication of The Country Index, as well as other significant publications in the credentials evaluation field. Contributions include publications with the following organizations: NAFSA: Association of International Educators and American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) - both of which have awarded her honorary and/or life memberships.
About the Grant Program
The research grant program is named in honor of Inez and Ludwig Sepmeyer because of their combined involvement in international education and their commitment to research and publications on world educational systems.
Examples of previous awards have supported research leading to the following:
- Richard van Huyssteen. “South African Higher Education – Update.” 2002 American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
- Mary DeBey. “Studying Education and Children: Teacher Education in Peru.” 2003 NAFSA – Association of International Educators Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.
- Karen Lukas. The Educational System of the Federal Republic of Germany: A Guide for Evaluating Educational Credentials(2002). International Education Research Foundation: Culver City, CA.
- Country Profiles by Bon Agapin for The New Country Index: Volume II (2011). International Education Research Foundation: Culver City, CA.
2016 Sepmeyer Research Grant Recipients
IERF is pleased to announce Dr. Bernhard Streitwieser, Assistant Professor of International Education at The George Washington University, as a 2016 recipient of the Sepmeyer Research Grant.
The funding is being awarded to support Dr. Streitwieser’s study on “German Higher Education and Credentialing Newly Arrived Immigrants.” The growing refugee situation in Europe has made Germany and the reaction of its citizenry and institutions, from the local government to the education sector, a focal point in the crisis. German universities have already taken in 50,000 refugee students in the Winter 2015 Semester, and more are continuously arriving. His study will focus on the challenges of the credentialing, placement and integration of Syrian refugees into Germany’s higher education system. An article on his research can be found in the upcoming summer edition of NAFSA’s IEM Spotlight newsletter.
IERF is also pleased to announce George Kacenga, Director of International Enrollment Management at University of Colorado Denver as a 2016 recipient of the Sepmeyer Research Grant.
The funding will support his research on the relationship between the increase in international student enrollment in the US and changes in the approaches to the analysis of foreign academic credentials over the past half century. George is conducting this research as part of his doctoral dissertation as a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.
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