SURP Alumni 2012
Alana Tunstel attends Spelman College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. She has experience working with Jumpstart (AmeriCorps) organizing students in providing developmentally appropriate activities for preschool children from low income neighborhoods. She has worked as a research assistant in the Bimanual Coordination in Early Childhood lab at Spelman, and has an interest in emergent literacy and factors contributing to school readiness in preschool children. She would like to pursue a PhD in educational psychology. This summer she worked with Anita McGinty and Lindsay Forston to explore the development of children’s narrative skills in preschool.
Alicia Clark attends Hampton University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Management. Alicia leads an HU project tutoring and mentoring low-income students, and has worked as a researcher exploring spirituality, religiosity, and psychosocial outcomes in African American youth. Her long-term interests involve studying and providing services that enhance the mental health of minority children, and she intends to pursue a doctoral degree in cognition, developmental psychology, or a related field. This summer she conducted research with Sara Rimm-Kaufman and Eileen Merritt exploring the interactions between students’ ELL status, math discourse communities, and students’ feelings about school.
Caroline Titan attends the University of Michigan with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Political Science. She has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid interacting with stakeholders in various capacities, and has worked with a team to conduct research on Michigan charter schools’ effect on student performance and post-secondary achievement. Her interest is in obtaining a PhD in education reform and social welfare policy. Her summer research, conducted with Daphna Bassok, investigated alignment about beliefs in school readiness between parents, preschool teachers, and kindergarten teachers.
McKenna Corlis attends Pacific Lutheran University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She has worked as a tutor for America Reads; volunteered with Head Start of Tacoma, WA; and conducted research on a number of topics, including work examining personal factors and information avoidance, some of which was presented at WPA this spring. She has an interest in adolescent development and clinical psychology as potential avenues to reach at-risk youth. This summer she worked with Anita McGinty and Lindsay Forston to examine the relationships between incoming language ability and specific aspects of classroom environment on preschool children’s emergent literacy.
Michelle Stith attends North Carolina A&T with a major in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She volunteers as a tutor with the Black Child Development Institute, has assisted in research validating the Bem Sex Role Inventory, and has conducted research investigating the factors affecting academic success in underprivileged youth. She is interested in pursuing success factors and the role of traumatic events in at-risk youth development. She intends to obtain a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Her summer research; conducted with Amanda Williford, Catherine Sanger, and Karyn Hartz; investigates the differences between interventions for addressing disruptive student behavior and how these may be affected by children’s gender and ethnicity.
Onaje Smartt attends Hampton University with a major in Psychology. He has experience with tutoring and mentorship programs at the middle school and peer levels. His interest in clinical psychology was sparked by an early college experience which led to his particular interest in peer mentorship and intervention. He intends to pursue a degree in clinical psychology, and is very interested in the research that informs the profession. This summer he conducted research with Amanda Williford, Catherine Sanger, and Karyn Hartz on the relationship between adult:child ratios in the home and disruptive behavior, as well as the effects of potential interventions to decrease disruptive behavior.
Paige Biller attends the University of Central Florida with a major in Business Economics and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She has experience with AmeriCorps College Access as a Scholar and Student Coordinator, and has helped organize a college promotion and outreach program for Central Florida elementary students. Her senior thesis investigates competition and proximity effects of Florida charter schools. She would like to pursue an MBA after working in corporate analytics after graduation. Her summer research, conducted with Daphna Bassok, examines preschool and kindergarten teachers’ beliefs about school readiness, and the effect potential mismatches have on student outcomes.
Tushmit Hasan attends the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. Her work with NGOs in Bangladesh sparked her interest in education, and she has worked to design and plan a workshop for girls in rural high schools encouraging higher education attainment and arranging mentorship and networking opportunities for them. She has also worked with a program translating Khan Academy curriculum for a Bangladeshi audience. She has conducted research investigating career choice at the Child Development Center in Dhaka Shishu Hospital, and has a wide range of interests in STEM education and outreach. This summer she worked with Sara Rimm-Kaufman and Eileen Merritt studying student engagement in fifth grade mathematics classrooms.
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