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Summer 2021 Undergraduate Research Assistants

IPR 2021 Summer RAs
Student Faculty Sponsor Project

Jude Abijah

Jude Abijah
Class: 2024
Major(s): Economics

Dr. Jeannette Colyvas
  • Researching how postgraduate program structures impact student outcomes 


Elisabeth Betts

Elisabeth Betts
Class: 2024
Major(s): Journalism and Political Science

Dr. Simone Ispa-Landa
  • Analyzing discrepancies in disciplinary action between Black and White students in high school

 Ryley Boddeker-O'Connor

Ryley Boddeker-O'Connor 
Class: 2023
Major(s): Social Policy

Dr. Beth Redbird
  • Analyzing changes to tribal constitutions over time, with a focus on the development of membership requirements and tribal court systems

 Genni Bogdanowicz

Genni Bogdanowicz
Class: 2024
Major(s): Social Policy

Dr. Tabitha Bonilla
  • Helping start new research projects including one about how linked fate has developed and matters among Native Americans
Caughey Grainne

Grainne Caughey
Class: 2022
Major(s): Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies

Dr. Rebecca Seligman
  • "From sensations to symptoms: The social shaping of functional illness experience.”



elana charlson

Elana Charlson 
Class: 2023
Major(s): Psychology

Dr. Onnie Rogers
  • Coding survey data to understand how young adults engage with their sociopolitical environment and navigate issues such as race and gender identity, social inequality, and political activism

Amy Chen
Class: 2022
Major(s): Psychology, Philosophy, and Political Science

Dr. Jeannette Colyvas

 joe choi
Joe Choi 
Class: 2023
Major(s): Neuroscience

Dr. Gregory Phillips II
  • Assessing the different impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals who identify as sexual and gender minorities (SGM)
  • Analyzing data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey to identify health disparities among SGM youth

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Olivia Cohen
Class: 2022
Major(s): Social Policy and International Studies

Dr. Sally Nuamah
  • Studying the impacts of punishment on political behavior for Black women and why, despite being so disproportionately punished, Black women participate at the highest rates

Asterios Dougalis
Class: 2023
Major(s): Economics and Political Science

Dr. Dean Karlan

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Sarah Germer
Class: 2023
Major(s): Psychology and Biological Sciences

Dr. Edith Chen
  • Exploring the effects of mentoring on the physical health of college-age mentors and young mentees
  • Examining how the experiences of African American students affect their physical health, with the hope of minimizing health disparities

Milan Hilde-Jones

Milan Hilde-Jones
Class: 2023
Major(s): Anthropology

Dr. Thomas McDade
  • Using epigenetic clocks to study the life history costs of catch-up growth
sarah jong

Sarah Jong
Class: 2022
Major(s): Biological Sciences

Dr. Sera Young
  • Under the leadership of IMMANA fellow Dr. Marianne Santoso, I am researching the participatory approach to conducting research
  • Designing a functional guide, including a toolkit of participatory techniques, to help researchers and implementers more easily incorporate participatory approaches into their design, implementation, and evaluation of nutrition and agriculture sensitive initiatives across the globe

Sara Kadoura
Class: 2023
Major(s): Journalism

Dr. Robert Nelson

hannah klein

Hannah Klein
Class: 2022
Major(s): Social Policy and International Studies

Dr. Ivuoma N. Onyeador

  • Bias Intolerance: Predicting condemnation of apologetic perpetrators of prejudice


Kat Kosup

Kat Kosup
Class: 2023
Major(s): Communication Studies and Philosophy

Dr. Michelle Shumate

  • Mapping the community referral networks of Pennsylvania for the Heinz Endowment
  • Improving veterans referrals by optimizing network design in response to COVID-19 for the Army Research Office
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Kendall Kubis
Class: 2023
Major(s): Neuroscience
Dr. Molly Losh
  • Researching pragmatic language in children with Autism and their first-degree relatives to better understand how social communication differences manifest across generations
emily lester

Emily Lester
Class: 2024
Major(s): Social Policy and Global Health

Dr. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
  • Analyzing data for child morbidity and mortality to help author a policy report
  • Researching how SNAP improves food insecure and hungry individuals' lives

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Angie Li
Class: 2023
Major(s): Neuroscience

Dr. Nia Heard-Garris
  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 and racial violence in the lives of teens

Grace Mathew
Class: 2022

Dr. Cynthia Coburn
jack mcnally

Jack McNally
Class: 2023
Major(s): Psychology

Dr. Elizabeth Tipton
  • Understanding the citation network efficacy and effectiveness studies funded by the IES over the last 19 years, including where education research gets published and who the work reaches 

Nikesh Vikram Mehrotra
Class: 2023
Major(s): MMSS and Economics

Dr. Andrew Papachristos

Anika Mittu
Anika Mittu
Class: 2023
Major(s): Global Health Studies and Journalism
Dr. Sera Young
  • We Are Water Evanston project, which is a community-based participatory research project examining Evanston's relationship with drinking water and Lake Michigan
Hee Moon

Hee Moon
Class: 2022
Major(s): Psychology and Biological Sciences 

Dr. Greg Miller
  • On The Rise, a mentoring and health study

 Lily Nevo

Lily Nevo
Class: 2024
Major(s): MMSS

Dr. Lori Beaman
  • Analyzing the efficacy of the Medha Career Advancement Bootcamp in increasing women's labor force participation in Uttar Pradesh, India

 Kelly Olvany

Kelly Olvany
Class: 2022
Major(s): Neuroscience

Dr. Molly Losh
  • Studying Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fragile X Syndrome by examining the language and communication skills of individuals affected by these conditions and their families
  • Examining  communication differences in order to improve the lives of families impacted by neurodevelopmental disorders

William Pattie

William Pattie
Class: 2024
Major(s): MMSS and Economics

Dr. Terri Sabol
  • Researching the effects of the Chicago Universal pre-K program

 sarika rao

Sarika Rao
Class: 2023
Major(s): Economics and Psychology

Dr. Ivuoma N. Onyeador
  • Investigating the effects of ranked choice voting on the diversity of elected candidates depending on the type of election

Raviraj Rege

Raviraj Rege
Class: 2022
Major(s): Biological Sciences

Dr. Christpher Kuzawa
  • Analyzing maternal epigenetic age acceleration in fetal outcomes

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Valeria Rodriguez
Class: 2023
Major(s): Social Policy and Psychology

Dr. Ivuoma N. Onyeador

Austin Segal

Austin Segal
Class: 2024
Major(s): Sociology and MMSS

Dr. Christine Percheski
  • Investigating sibling relationships in adulthood and how adverse childhood experiences impact adult health

Cindy Shou

Cindy Shou
Class: 2023
Major(s): History and Global Health

Dr. Emma Adam
  • The Biology, Identity, and Opportunity (BIO) Study, measuring how racial and ethnic stressors affect the stress hormone cortisol, sleep hours, sleep quality, cognition, and academic outcomes in a group of 300 high school students

Natalie Simbolon

Natalie Simbolon
Class: 2023
Major(s): Statistics and Sociology 

Dr. Lori Ann Post
  • Analyzing the racial, ethnic, and age diversity in opioid-related deaths

Anna Smith

Anna Smith
Class: 2024
Major(s): Social Policy 

Dr. Tabitha Bonilla 
  • Investigating the use of gendered framing on human trafficking and the resulting impact on communities, policy, and public perception.

Rebekah Soliman

Rebekah Soliman
Class: 2024
Major(s): Neuroscience 

Dr. Maryann Mason
  • Researching opioid overdoses in older adults, and focusing on the idea that although they are increasingly becoming the most vulnerable population to opioid overdoses in the country, there is less of a focus on this subset of people compared to young adults

Emma Stein

Emma Stein
Class: 2022
Major(s): Education and Social Policy

Dr. Simone Ispa-Landa 
  • Studying the limitations of top-down efforts to reform high school discipline practices

Lauren Tran
Class: 2021
Major(s): Communication Studies

Dr. Noshir Contractor

Tanya Venkatesh

Tanya Venkatesh
Class: 2023
Major(s): Economics

Dr. Hannes Schwandt
  • Health Economics

Sonya Volobi
Class: 2024
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering and Psychology

Dr. Edith Chen

maya waldman

Maya Waldman
Class: 2023
Major(s): Political Science

Dr. James Spillane
  • Examining the work of designing and sustaining education systems to support ambitious elementary science instruction

Anna Wang
Class: 2023
Major(s): Economics and Religion

Dr. James Druckman
  • The Covid States Project 

Meher Yeda
Class: 2023
Major(s): Journalism

Dr. Christine Percheski