2012 ICPSR Summer Intern Research Projects
Project posters by the 2012 ICPSR summer interns, with brief biographies:
Jeffrey Berg of Carleton College
Berg is a double major in Political Science/International Relations and Psychology/Cognitive Science graduating in 2014. He is most interested in the evidential side of social science: specifically, data analysis, and survey design — with the hope of one day pursuing a career in research. He has worked as a Research Assistant for his college's Political Science department, where his work focused on the nature of political advertisements during the 2008 political campaigns. In addition, during the spring of 2012 Berg interned at the National Archives under the supervision of the External Affairs Liaison. Although only a sophomore, he has already gained experience with SPSS, TIBCO Spotfire, and S-plus. In addition, he has working knowledge of the Python programming language and is fluent in Spanish. Outside the classroom, Berg has served as the general editor of The Echo Newspaper and chief editor of the Literary Journal at Wheaton Academy, and is the photographer and editor for media relations at his college and Ice Hockey statistician at the Advanced Ice Arenas. He worked with Doctor Ashe in the General Archive on his research project.
Joshua Goode of the University of Colorado
Poster: Why Mattering Matters: An Analysis of the Relationship between Family, Mattering, and Emotional Distress in Adolescents (PDF 2.8MB)
Goode is a Sociology major and Demography minor graduating in 2013 with an interest in becoming a Sociology professor. Specifically, his hope is to pursue a research career in the area of family demography. In 2011, Goode worked as a Research Assistant for two professors, from whom he learned about working with both qualitative and quantitative data. Goode has worked with Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLSB) data, as well as the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) data from the United Kingdom. His senior thesis on the educational aspirations and expectations of minority youth utilizes the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), and he has experience with SPSS, STATA, and Mplus. In 2011, he gave two conference presentations; the first was at the National Council on Family Relations Meeting in Orlando, Florida, and the other at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research Counting Couples, Counting Families Conference in Bethesda, Maryland. Goode serves as president of the Students of Sociology Club and vice-president of the Alpha Kappa Delta, the international Sociology honor society. He worked with Tannaz Sabet in the Data Sharing for Demographic Research Archive on his research project.
Thomas Hegland of St. Olaf College
Poster: Phones and Firms: The Effect of Cellular Infrastructure on the Number of Businesses (PDF 2.9MB)
Hegland is a double major in mathematics and economics with an emphasis on public policy and a concentration in statistics graduating in 2013. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in economics with the hope of becoming an economist. Through his wide range of experiences, Hegland has acquired a wide range of technical skills; this includes experience in the use of the R statistical computing language, Linux/Unix environments, SAS, STATA, and EViews. He has also worked with a number of large data sets, such as the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). His main research interest is urban poverty, as he believes that it is tied to many other questions relating not just to economics but also to the broader social structure. In addition, some of his academic achievements include studying Number Theory in Hungary in 2011, receiving the Buntrock Academic Scholarship, contribution of a publication in the Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Sciences, and giving of a number of presentations including one at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Since 2010, he has worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow for the NSF-supported Center for Interdisciplinary Research. He also serves as member and coach of the Debate Team, member of the Math Team, class representative for the Mathematical Association of America, and the vice president of his college's chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon — the national economics honor society. He serves on the Student Government as the Chief Financial Officer of the political Awareness Committee. Hegland worked with Kevin Kapalla in the General Archive on his research project.
Jane Oliphant of University of Portland
Poster: Family and School Social Capital Among Low-income Latino and African American Adolescents (PDF 2.7MB)
Oliphant is a triple major in Social Work, Psychology, and Sociology graduating in 2013. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in the social sciences or public policy and possibly pursue a career in research. Oliphant has experience working with SPSS and has already identified a number of datasets she would like to work with, including the Head Start Family and Child Survey (Faces) Series, the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 2004 Panel. Since 2010, Oliphant has served as a Resident Assistant and has worked as the Service and Justice Coordinator at her university. In 2011, she gained experience as a Camp Counselor at the Cascades Camp and Conference Center. Oliphant is also very active in her campus community, where she plays various intramural sports and volunteers on a number of committees. In 2010, she worked as a Social Justice Intern at the Macdonald Center — an organization that serves the low-income population in downtown Portland. Her most recent research project examined the relationship between self-concept and observer ratings. She worked with Sara Lazaroff of the ICPSR Education Archive on her research project.
Rosa Rincon of California State University-Northridge
Poster: Dating Violence: Factors Contributing to Dating Violence Among Adolescent Females (PDF 1.4MB)
Rincon is a junior Sociology and Criminology major who previously earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Sociology from Pasadena City College. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school in either Sociology or Criminology with the hope of pursuing one of two career trajectories — an analyst in the criminal justice system for city or state government or a Sociology professor at a community college. She has worked with a number of large data sets, including the General Social Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys, and has experience in SPSS. She has worked as a Youth Leader for the Pasadena Unified School District, and has served as the Community Representative for Puente Club. Rincon is bilingual and uses her fluency in Spanish and English when volunteering as a tutor at the Senior Center and at El Centro de Accion Social. As a first-generation college student, she benefitted from the ICPSR Summer Internship as a means to gain greater experience in statistical methods and social research to prepare her for the next steps in her career. She worked with Justin Noble in the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data on her research project.
Tori Thomas of Georgia State University
Poster: Great Expectations: The Expectations of High School Seniors to Attain a Postsecondary Degree (PDF 834KB)
Thomas is a Sociology major and African-American Studies minor graduating in 2013. After graduation, she would like to participate in the Teach for America Program with the ultimate goal of attending graduate school in either sociology or education. Thomas is a Ronald McNair scholar and has been awarded a number of accolades including the Margaret Andersen Award for outstanding performance in Sociology. In addition, she has received the Georgia Hope scholarship, the Horatio Alger Scholarship and the Next Generation Award Scholarship. Thomas has experience in both SPSS and SAS, and has worked as a Research Assistant and Intern in the McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program and the NSF/NIH-funded Public Housing Study respectively. Through these programs, Thomas developed an interest in studying how relocation out of public housing affected educational opportunities in minority communities. In 2010, Thomas also served as the Statistics and Measurement Intern for The Georgia Center for Nonprofits and has continued to be a very active member of her community. She is a member of the Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Incorporated, served as a First Year Mentor and Service Ambassador at her university, and is a Junior Achievement Volunteer responsible for teaching financial literacy at elementary and middle schools. She worked with Abayomi Israel of the Resource Center for Minority Data on his research project.
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