School of Health and Human Sciences

Dr. Lucía I. Méndez (Communication Sciences and Disorders)received new funding from East Carolina University for the project “More PEAS Please! Bridging the GAP Between Preschool and K-12 Learning Environments.”
This interdisciplinary five-year research grant, awarded in collaboration with researchers from East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina A&T State University, will support the investigation of effective science education approaches for underrepresented minority preschool children. Dr. Méndez’s research focuses on literacy-based approaches to academic vocabulary instruction for bilingual and culturally diverse preschoolers and the role of language in promoting school readiness skills, including literacy, early math and sciences.