UMassAmherst: Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)
Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

REMP Doctoral Student Kyung T. Han Receives Grant from Applied Psychological Measurement, Inc.

Kyung T. Han The Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP) concentration at UMass is pleased to note that third-year doctoral student Kyung T. Han has been awarded a graduate student research grant from Applied Psychological Measurement, Inc., of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kyung has spent the past several months developing WinGen, a Windows-based software package for use in psychometric simulation studies, and he will use the award to purchase a license for Microsoft Visual Studio, which will allow him to continue to improve the software and distribute it to prospective users.

In the documentation for the WinGen program, Kyung points out that while much earlier simulation research has used DOS-based programs written in FORTRAN, WinGen has a user-friendly, point-and-click interface and can be used to generate both dichotomous and polytomous item response data under item response theory (IRT), and allows users to simulate data with most of the common IRT models and use more than one model to simulate item response data for a single test. Kyung also has presented a poster illustrating his software at the recent Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) conference held in Kerhonkson, NY, in October 2006.

More information about the beta version of the WinGen program can be found here, and to learn more about the APM, Inc. Grants for Graduate Students in Psychological and Educational Measurement Programs, click here.

Congratulations, Kyung!


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