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POSTER PRESENTATIONS: Fourteen students enrolled in the Quantitative Analysis Center's summer Apprentice Program held a poster session July 31 in the Public Affairs Center. The second-annual event allowed the student researchers to talk about their ongoing summer research. The poster pictured above features Kin Yan Chew's study titled "The Value of a Contract: Chinese Provincial Variation In Utilized vs. Contracted Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Flows." Pictured in center, Chew '09, who worked with faculty sponsor Abigail Hornstein, assistant professor of economics, is discussing his work with Michael Lovell, professor economics, emeritus, and Yun Liu, coordinator of the Scientific Computing and Informatics Center.

Aneliya Valkova '09, talks to Steve Bischof, systems/discovery librarian and QAC senior consultant, about her project titled "The Earned Income Tax Credit and the Changing Face of Welfare Provision." Valkova's faculty sponsor was Wendy Rayack, associate professor of economics. Students attended daily classes, workshops and conducted their own research through the apprenticeship program. Students were funded by QAC or faculty grants.
Jimmy Ong, Jr. '09 explains his research titled "How Efficient is Your Bank? A Stochastic Frontier Approach." Ong's sponsor was Manolis Kaparakis, director of the centers for advanced computing in the Quantitative Analysis Center.
Lauren Feld '11 worked with Anna Shusterman, assistant professor of psychology, on a psychology-based project titled "Emotional Control and Trichotillomania: Subtypes and Phenomenology."
At left, QAC student Kara Hayward '10 speaks to Manolis Kaparakis about her project "The Shift to the Left in Latin American Politics." Hayward worked with faculty sponsor Francisco Rodriguez, assistant professor of economics, Latin American Studies. All student apprentices were financially supported, either by a QAC stipend, a faculty member’s grant, or university scholarships. Some of the students will continue similar research next year.
Madeline Weiss ’09 explains her sociology-based project "What Influences the 'Private School Effect?'" Weiss's faculty sponsor was Daniel Long, assistant professor of sociology. Other QAC students and their projects are: “Eye Movements and Decision Making Behavior in Indecisive Individuals” by Joanna Dicke ’10  with Barbara Juhasz and Andrea Patalano, (psychology);  "Trends in the Working Poor" by Colin Hill ’10 with Wendy Rayack (economics); "Learning the Meanings of Large Number Words" by Kyle MacDonald ’10 with Hilary Barth (psychology); "Production of the Word 'Two' in 18-39 Month Olds" by Dominic Gibson ’10 with Anna Shusterman (psychology); "Regulation or Repression? Economic Effects of the 2000 Tokyo bank Tax" by Peter Hull ’10 with Masami Imai (economics); "Uncalled Liability and Risk in British Equities, 1870-1914" by James Pesuit ’10 with Richard Grossman (economics); and "The International Effects of School Resources on Eight Grader Academic Achievement" by Jeremy Berkowitz ’10 with Daniel Long (sociology). (Photos by David Pesci)