2011 ICPSR Summer Intern Research Projects

The 2011 ICPSR summer interns successfully completed their research projects, with plans to exhibit at various national and regional conferences throughout the United States the following year. Below are links to their posters, along with YouTube presentations and background information.

Jasmine Coleman of Drew University (Madison NJ)

Poster: Effects of Family Structure on Age of Onset of Adolescent Substance Use (PDF 897K)

Coleman's research project focuses on the ways in which children can be affected by the presence or absence of one parent versus another. The research not only compares the sex of the parent, but also the sex of the child, and how the two interact with one another.

Coleman is a Psychology major graduating in 2013 with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in clinical child psychology. Specifically, she is interested in the ways in which children are affected by parents with substance abuse problems. During the 2011 Spring Semester, Coleman worked as a Research Assistant and Student Recitation Instructor while serving on numerous executive boards on campus and a member of the Emerging Leaders Program. As a sophomore, Coleman has completed the required research methods sequence at her university and is looking forward to attending the ICPSR Summer Program courses in preparation for her Honors Thesis. Coleman has a strong interest in research, and, during this summer she looks forward to gaining a better understanding of data processing, working with other students that have a research interest, engaging in the research dialogue with persons from multiple perspectives, and sharing her research findings with students and faculty through the poster sessions. Coleman enjoys movies, spending time with friends, and staying busy participating in a number of campus organizations.

Toby Flint of Hasting College (Hastings, NE)

Poster: Perceptions of Democracy: The Middle East (PDF 664K)

Utilizing the World Values Survey's fourth wave of studies, Flint examined respondents' level of support for principle components of what previous research has defined as democracy in order to determine if the level of support for those components would predict their level of support for democratic governance.

Flint is a Political Science and Economics double major and a Mathematics and History double minor graduating in 2012. After graduation, Flint plans to pursue a PhD in Political Science with an emphasis in Comparative Politics with a long-term career goal of teaching and researching. A subject that is of specific interest to him is that of quantitative comparative politics, especially in regards to the Middle East. He has worked with the World Values Survey and is interested in learning about similar datasets. Flint is interested in researching democratization theories, specifically that of partial democracies. Flint is very interested in having an opportunity to attend advanced classes in the Summer Program in preparation for graduate school. He currently serves as the Social Sciences Senator of his college and a Certified Peer Educator (BACCHUS) while being a member of the Hastings varsity tennis team. Flint is looking forward to networking with professors, staff, and undergraduates who are similarly interested in quantitative analysis.

Quentin Karpilow of Kenyon College (Gambier, OH)

Poster: Contextualizing Disparity: A Multilevel Analysis of Pretrial Detention Differences by Race/Ethnicity (PDF 776K)

Karpilow's study examines how social context shapes racial disparities at the pretrial release stage of the criminal justice process. Results from multilevel analyses indicate that, while individual race characteristics continue to play a dominate role in pretrial processes, the racial composition of the county in which defendants are adjudicated also significantly influences pretrial detention outcomes.

Karpilow is an Economics and Mathematics double major graduating in May 2012 with a concentration in Statistics. He plans to attend graduate school in either Economics or Political Science with the long term goal of pursuing a career in academia. Karpilow's academic interests include immigrant selectivity, migrant networks, immigrant education, and the impact of remittance flows on the socio-economic development of origin communities. In addition, his 2011 paper examining how the criminalization of U.S immigration law has impacted media representations of the transnational gang (Mara Salvatruha) has been selected for the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. He looks forwards to the hands-on data management experience that the ICPSR Summer Internship can grant him and attendance in the Summer Program. Karpilow has worked as a Spanish translator, Residential Advisor, and statistics tutor. He co-founded the student-run newspaper Kenyon Global News. In his free time, he enjoys being a member of a jazz band, and he has an interest in a myriad of sports.

Emmi Obara of Reed College (Portland, OR)

Poster: Immigrant Perceptions of Americanism (PDF 623K)

Obara's project answered the question, "Do immigrants and their descendants define what it means to be 'American' differently?" Null findings are tested using 21st Century Americanism Survey data using different definitions of being American and detailed generational status and country of origin.

Obara is a Sociology major graduating in May 2012 with an interest in Race, Ethnicity and immigration issues. She is interested in pursuing her social science interest and is hopeful that this internship will provide her more exposure to career possibilities. Obara has served as a mentor to new international students to support their cultural, social, and academic transition to the college. Recently, Obara spent two semesters at the Universite de Rennes II in France, currently serves as a French tutor at her college, and worked as a Japanese to English translator. Obara is interested in attending introductory statistical courses in the Summer Program to provide additional quantitative background. She has worked with the General Social Science and Add Health data sets and sees her summer at ICPSR as a way to advance her quantitative research method abilities. She is a long-distance runner, and she enjoys cooking and baking.


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