Working with Incarcerated Youth

ECS student Matt Love

Mathew Love, a third year doctoral student in the Department of Educational and Clinical Studies, landed a position as summer research intern with the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), in partnership with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. CAST is one of the largest special education non-profit organizations and research centers in the field of special education technology. Love was a part of Project RAISE: Reclaiming Access to Inquiry-Based Science Education for Incarcerated Students. The internship was a 6-week program, working with youth in the juvenile justice system and developing the materials to work with them. The goal of the project is for students to develop the necessary science knowledge and skills that are pivotal in the 21st century for science-related employment purposes.

Love has a long history with the Special Education program at UNLV. He received his bachelor's and master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in students with disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders. As a doctoral student, he currently serves as the graduate research assistant for the FOCUS project, and is also a Project CULTURED scholar.

Love sees the CAST internship opportunity as beneficial to himself as well as the program: "This is a really big deal for the department and the program because CAST is one of the biggest disseminators of products in special education. A lot of their theories and ideas have been written into law." As he returns for the fall semester, Love hopes to take the knowledge he gains from this internship experience and conduct a few pilot studies on creating educational materials accessible to a wide range of students.