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Midwest ACE Research Opportunities:
John Steele Grant

The John Steele Grant was established to recognize the contributions of John Steele, one of the founders of the association now known as Midwest ACE. It seeks to support and encourage new research in career planning and college recruiting.

The recipient of the Steele Grant will be named in November and present their research results at the Midwest ACE Annual Conference in Jul. 2018. The recipient will also be awarded up to $1000.00.

No previous research experience is required to apply.


Examples of relevant research include:

  • Benchmarking survey of employers or college/university career centers
  • Evaluation and effectiveness of a new recruiting or career services program or initiative.
  • How do students make a decision on where to start their career?
  • What are the elements of an effective internship program?
  • Do underrepresented students have the same level of access to unpaid internships?


  • Principal researcher must be a current Midwest ACE member in good standing
  • Research has not yet been completed or conducted 



Julia Panke-Makela

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Career Competency & Self-efficacy Development for Paraprofessional Student Employees in Career Services


Gaeun Seo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Understanding the Experience of International Students in Job Search Groups


Whirlpool University Relations Team
Jeff Beavers, Reagan Craven, Heidi Groulx, Brandon Stephens
Career Fair “Flock Mob”


University of Cincinnati Career Development Center
Jim Novak (accepted Award on behalf of Linda Bates Parker)
The Viability & Efficacy of Transforming Credit-Bearing Career Courses to Distance Learning Formats



University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scott V. Weston: Seek & Explore



Baker College Online
Non-traditional Student Retention and the Influence of College Career Services



St. Louis University
Employer Preferences and Expectations of Students during the Job Search Process



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