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For Students

William & Mary is one of the world’s great liberal arts universities.  The Schroeder Center embraces William & Mary’s dual commitment to teaching in the liberal arts tradition and to producing high quality scholarly research.  Through on-going collaborations between faculty and students throughout the year, our student researchers learn how to pursue a research project from beginning to end outside of the classroom setting.

The Schroeder Center supports student research in several ways:

  • The Schroeder Center hires a number of undergraduate research assistants every year. Some students work as research assistants to individual faculty members, while other students work on teams that contribute to Center-initiated contract work.   Depending on the research projects available, students have the opportunity to work on health policy projects from varied academic disciplines, including those in economics, government, psychology, sociology, and kinesiology. 
  • The Schroeder Center awards summer health policy fellowships for collaborative undergraduate student/faculty research under the Schroeder Center - Brock Institute  (SC-BI) Summer Fellowship Program.  William & Mary students in the SC-BI program conduct independent research studies focused on health policy/health services issues in Virginia using hospital discharge data available from Virginia Health Information (VHI) in their projects. 
  • The Schroeder Center supports research assistantships by William & Mary graduate students who have exceptionally strong academic backgrounds and who plan to pursue careers in health and healthcare policy.

Through these Schroeder Center efforts, William & Mary students have had the opportunity to work on various health policies.  Examples include the following:

  • Effects of peers in physicians’ treatment of cardiovascular disease
  • Risk adjustment methodologies used in measuring hospital performance
  • Opioid overdose-related deaths
  • Alcohol-related hospitalizations
  • Hospital readmissions among Virginia Medicare beneficiaries after the Affordable Care Act
  • Access to inpatient care by Virginia’s young adults
  • Ability of mandatory testing to control the spread of disease
  • Efficacy of public health initiatives
  • Health education and literacy
  • Role of maternal capabilities with child feeding and nutritional status
  • Standards of care for pregnant incarcerated women
  • Access to health care and racial disparities in health
  • Impact of the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) on individuals’ insurance take-up and health outcome
  • Informal care provision for elderly parents
  • Role of environmental stress on early development
  • Effect of Medicare OPPS on hospital volume
  • Healthcare utilization patterns during economic recession
  • Physician-hospital integration and quality of care 
  • Effects of recession on Medicare beneficiaries