SURP Alumni 2011
Felicia is from Hendersonville, NC. She is a rising Senior studying Sociology at Duke University. This past year she served as Editor of the Yearbook and will continue to work in the Latino Community as an outreach chair for the Latino Students Association next year. She is a member of Alphi Phi Omega, a coed service fraternity and volunteers at her local Boys and Girls Club. Her research interests are race relations, gender dynamics within Latino families and gender differences in educational attainment for Latino students. This summer Felicia worked with Daphna Bassok, Jim Wyckoff, and Tom Dee in the Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness. Her research project analyzes teacher expectations for students’ post-high school education as reported in the ELS-Educational Longitudinal Study. The main focus in the analysis is whether or not race, sex, and/or SES of the student effects Teacher Expectations. Felicia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus on sociology of education and race relations.
Angela is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in both Fine Arts and Spanish at The College of New Jersey. This year she will work as lab manager in The Culture and Emotion Lab at TCNJ while completing an honors thesis on reducing stereotype threat in female college students. She will also lead TCNJ’s chapter of Amnesty International, advocating gender equality in education. For her internship with The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, she will help develop the C.A.R.E.S. for her program, educating and increasing awareness about prenatal health among women of all ages. This summer, Angela has been working with Dr. Andrew Mashburn and Dr. Anita McGinty on the Read It Again-PreK! Intervention. Her work has focused on the relations among maternal education, home literacy environment, and early literacy skills. After graduating, Angela plans to pursue a graduate degree that will prepare her to design and implement early childhood socio-emotional interventions.
Shantel is a Senior Psychology major at Hampton University from Queens, NY. She has spent two years as a Resident Assistant on campus, is a member of the Psychology Club as well as the Golden Key National Honour Society, Alpha Kappu Mu Honor Society, Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society as well as secretary to Psi Chi. She is also a Research Assistant in the National Institution of Mental Health Career Opportunities in Research Scholars Program where they are currently planning a “Rape Awareness Prevention Program” on campus and the assessment of its effectiveness. Shantel also volunteers at the Hampton Veterans Hospital and the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast throughout the year. She has recently conducted research this summer which examined the differences between student and administrative reports on teacher-student interactions at the University of Virginia with Dr. Jason Downer. Shantel is passionate about producing research in the near future after obtaining a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. She hopes to contribute to the elimination of educational inequalities in urban areas through intervention programs that are academically, professionally and financially oriented.
Ebony is a rising senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham studying psychology and Spanish. She is a member of the prestigious University Honors Program and this next year she will be presenting an honors thesis on school connectedness. She serves as research assistant at the Center for the Advancement of Youth Health at UAB. She currently serves as the student-director of the Reach Initiative which provides ACT preparation for high school students from traditionally low-scoring districts. She works as a tutor for Trio Academic Services and is the immediate past president for UAB’s NAACP unit. This summer, she has been working with Jason Downer in the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning. Her project investigated relationships between the authoritarian beliefs of preschool teachers and teacher-student interactions. After graduation, Ebony intends to teach for two years before entering a Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology. She seeks to modify and design interventions for low-resourced schools.
Jessica is a rising senior at Tuskegee University, where she is a major in Political Science. Her research interests are to examine the direction of rural education and the educational policy implications for historically underrepresented students in these locations. Leonard’s areas of focus are K-12 educational policy, education inequity, and teacher training. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha—the national political science honors society—and is secretary of the Political Science Student Association. This summer she conducted research at University of Virginia, under the Center of Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness, where she examined the effects of teacher expectations on students’ long-term outcomes. Leonard plans to pursue a Ph.D. or Ed.D. in education policy.
Alyssa is a rising senior at Davidson College where she is a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She is a member of Davidson’s cross country and track teams and of the Bonner Scholars program, an intensive community service scholarship program. She regularly volunteers in a special education classroom at a local elementary school where she works with children who have autism. Her research interests include autism and education as well as obesity and eating disorders in children and adolescents. This summer she worked with Patrick Tolan looking at family and school interactions. Her research project examined how ethnicity, marital status, and SES moderate the relationship between parental monitoring and aggression in a high-risk adolescent population. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either Educational or Clinical Psychology.
Anna is a rising senior at Northwestern University double majoring in psychology and human communication sciences. This year she will write an honors thesis on action errors in preschoolers. Anna serves as the Sports Committee Co-Chair on the Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics Executive Board and is also a Special Olympics coach. Additionally, she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. At Northwestern, Anna has been involved in a number of research projects through the Cognitive Development and Reading Comprehension Labs. This summer, Anna worked with Dr. Andrew Mashburn and Dr. Anita McGinity on the Read it Again project. Her work has focused on the relationships between social skills, self-regulation, and language skills in preschoolers. Anna plans to pursue a doctoral degree in educational psychology, studying early education experiences.
Shannon is a senior Psychology major at Montclair State University. She is a co-founder and Senior Student Advisor to the Multicultural Psychology Scholars, an organization dedicated to diversifying the field of Psychology by helping minority students gain access to graduate school. Additionally, she is the Vice President of Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology, is involved in various research projects, and is a member of the MARC U-STAR program. Through these experiences she has developed research interests in the role of family relationships in minority academic achievement and the effectiveness of academic interventions. This summer, she worked with Dr. Patrick Tolan, director of the Curry School of Education’s Youth-Nex research center. Using data from the Multisite Violence Prevention Project, she examined the link between family relationship characteristics and physical aggression in adolescents, moderated by socioeconomic status and ethnicity. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.
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