Undergraduate Research Assistants

The Schroeder Center hires a number of undergraduate research assistants each year. Some students work as research assistants to individual faculty members, while other students work on teams that contribute to Center-initiated contract work.  The Schroeder Center will announce undergraduate research assistant opportunities for the Spring 2016 semester in January 2016.  Below is a list of current and past undergraduate research assistants.

2015-2016

Jimmy Cao, Economics (Class of 2016)
Research Assistant to:  Schroeder Center for Health Policy

Lauren Hurley, Economics (Class of 2017)
Research Assistant to:  Professor John Parman, Economics
Project: Assessing the ability of mandatory testing to control the spread of disease

Molly Smith, Economics (Class of 2016)
Research Assistant to:  Schroeder Center for Health Policy

Yi Wang, Economics (Class of 2016)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Brian Beach, Economics
Project:  Evaluating the efficacy of public health initiatives
Research Assistant to:  Professor Chon Abraham, Mason School of Business
Project:  Cardiac patients at Sentara Heart Hospital -- Assessment of post discharge care and costs/quality outcomes related to this care


2014-2015

Rebecca Barber, Public Policy (Class of 2015)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Jennifer Mellor, Economics and Schroeder Center for Health Policy
Project:  Health Education and Literacy (HEAL) Program

Jimmy Cao, Economics (Class of 2016)

Research Assistant to:  Professor Jennifer Mellor, Economics and Schroeder Center for Health Policy
Project:  Health Datasets

Lawrence (Chang) Chun, Economics (Class of 2016)

Research Assistant to:  Professor Tracy Johnson-Hall, Mason School of Business
Project:  Major food product recalls

Zhiyao (Lucy) Lu, Economics/Math (Class of 2016)

Research Assistant to:  Professor Tracy Johnson-Hall, Mason School of Business
Project:  Major food product recalls

Maia Mandel (Class of 2017)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Scott Ickes, Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Project:  Understanding the role of maternal capabilities with child feeding and nutritional status: key relationships and policy implications from Uganda

Nickole Medel, Psychology (Class of 2016)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Danielle Dallaire, Psychology
Project:  Healthy Beginnings Project and standards of care for pregnant incarcerated women


2013-2014

Leonymae Aumentado, Economics (Class of 2015)
Research Assistant to:  Professor John Parman, Economics
Project:  Segregation, access to health care and racial disparities in health

Taylor Feenstra, Public Policy/Psychology (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Jaime Settle, Government
Project:  Examination of the microfoundations of public opinion on the health care reform effort resulting in the Affordable Care Act

Michael Gropper, Finance (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Daifeng He, Economics
Project:  Impact of the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) on individuals’ insurance take-up and health outcome

Thomas Sanders, Government (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Tracy Johnson-Hall, Mason School of Business
Project:  Study of the effect of agency inspections and compliance findings on recalls of food regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

John Snouffer, Public Policy (Class of 2015)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Tracy Johnson-Hall, Mason School of Business
Project:  Study of the effect of agency inspections and compliance findings on recalls of food regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

 

2012-2013

Ryan Buckland, Public Policy (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Daifeng He, Economics
Project:  Informal care provision for elderly parents

Taylor Feenstra, Public Policy/Psychology (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Jaime Settle, Government

Megan Fitzpatrick, Psychology (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Danielle Dallaire, Psychology

Michael Gropper, Finance (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Daifeng He, Economics

Maryam Kanna, Economics (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to: Professor Nick Sanders, Economics
Project:  Role of environmental stress on early development

Emily Mahoney, Kinesiology and Health Sciences (Class of 2015)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Scott Ickes, Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Brad Parks, Executive Director of AidData

Gabe Manion, Public Policy (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Jaime Settle, Government

Thomas Sanders, Government (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Tracy Johnson-Hall, Mason School of Business

Christiana Sherman, International Development (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to: Professor David Aday, Sociology
Project:  Community health in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Jyness Williams, Kinesiology and Health Sciences (Class of 2014)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Chon Abraham, Mason School of Business
Project:  Healthcare information technology


Summer 2012

Joel White, Schroeder Center Research Fellow; Public Policy/Theatre (Class of 2013)
Faculty Mentor: Professor Jennifer Mellor, Economics
Project: Enhancing health in the Historic Triangle


2011-2012

Jordan Albright, Biology/Environmental Science (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professsor John Parman, Economics

Rebecca Barber, Public Policy (Class of 2015)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Jennifer Mellor, Economics

Ryan Buckland, Public Policy (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Christine Jensen, Public Policy

Paul Burgess, International Relations/Economics (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Chon Abraham, Mason School of Business

Catherine Cognetti, Government/Economics (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Chon Abraham, Mason School of Business

Amy Filipek, Economics/Mathematics (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Daifeng He, Economics

Charles Nagel, Mathematics (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Patricia Roberts, School of Law

Jane Ryngaert, Economics/English (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Melissa McInerney, Economics

Amalhyn Shek, Public Health (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professor David Aday, Sociology and American Studies

Mariel Tavakoli, Public Policy (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant to:  Professor John Parman, Economics


Summer 2011

Robin Downing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Assistant; Economics (Class of 2012)
Faculty Mentor: Professor Daifeng He, Economics
Project: The effect of Medicare OPPS on hospital volume

Amy Filipek, Schroeder Research Fellow; Economics/Math (Class of 2012)
Faculty Mentor:  Professor Daifeng He, Economics
Project: Healthcare utilization patterns during economic recession

Dan Robinson, Schroeder/Chappell Research Fellow; Neuroscience/Economics (Class of 2012)
Faculty Mentor:  Professor Jennifer Mellor, Economics
Project: Physician-hospital integration and quality of care 
 

2010-2011

Lauren Campbell, Government (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to Professor Stacey Pelika, Government

Lara Converse, Economics (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to Professor Chon Abraham, Mason School of Business

Katherine Eklund, Public Policy (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to Professor Christopher Howard, Government

Amy Filipek, Economics/Math (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to Professor Daifeng He, Economics

Margaret Fletcher, Economics (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to Professor Melissa McInerney, Economics

Kate Frazer, Psychology (Class of 2012)
Research Assistant to Dr. Christine Jensen, Public Policy

Emily Grimes, Public Policy (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on the School Health Initiative Program Evaluation contract

Ashley Ingram, Sociology (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant to Professor Melissa McInerney, Economics

Soyoung Hwang, International Studies (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant to Professor David Aday, Sociology

Travis Triggs, Economics (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant on the School Health Initiative Program Evaluation contract


Summer 2010

Ashley Ingram, Schroeder Research Fellow; Sociology (Class of 2011)
Faculty Mentor: Professor Melissa McInerney, Economics
Project: The effects of recession on Medicare beneficiaries

Eytan Jankowitz, Schroeder Research Fellow; Economics (Class of 2011)
Faculty Mentor: Professor Daifeng He, Economics
Project: Changes in healthcare utilization due to Medicare OPPS 

 
2009-2010

Thomas Arnold, Economics (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Susie Brock, Economics (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Alison Cano, Psychology (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Thomas Chappell, Government (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Lara Converse, Economics (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Chon Abraham, Mason School of Business

Brian Fries, Education (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Christopher Howard, Government

Adam Goodreau, Biology (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Melissa McInerney, Economics

Emily Grimes, Public Policy (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Mark Johnson, Government (Class of 2010)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Christopher Howard, Government

Karen Morrison, Process Management (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Kathryn Stuart, Economics (Class of 2011)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Travis Triggs, Economics (Class of 2013)
Research Assistant on: Wellness Integration Program Evaluation contract

Molly Wilcox, Economics (Class of 2010)
Research Assistant to:  Professor Daifeng He, Economics