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Aug 2008Present

Dissertation Year Fellowship

University of Notre Dame
Aug 2003Aug 2008

Research Assistant

  • Literature review for numerous projects, including compiling a dataset of 200+ articles on the topic of morality and crime
  • Management of data, including descriptive and regression analyses for academic research projects
  • Training of new graduate students to work in a team-based research setting
  • Research collaboration with graduate students and professors, including long-distance collaboration with professors from other universities
  • Contributing to research reports submitted to academic journals, including writing, editing, and responding to reviewer comments
  • Occasional Teaching Assistant duties, including conducting workbook sessions, meeting with students, and grading
Aug 2005Jan 2006

Graduate Peer Mentor

  • Served as a mentor to three first-year graduate students, in a program designed to study graduate-level attrition
  • Communicated information about graduate and departmental policies
  • Expanded my role to include biweekly meetings aimed at exploring and developing the student's research agendas


Aug 1999May 2003


  • Overall GPA 3.730

2005 Thesis

2008 Coauthor

2005 Coauthor


- Five years experience working as a Research Assistant for faculty at the University of Notre Dame

- Training in quantitative research, including literature review, data management and analyses, writing and editing papers, and presentation of research

- 2007 recipient of top departmental award, Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology


  • Computer Skills - SPSS, Stata, Some M-Plus and Endnote
  • Oral Skills - Oral presentations at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology (2007) and Midwest Sociological Society (2006; 2008)
  • Written Skills - Experience writing and editing academic research papers

Honors and Awards

  • Kane Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2007
  • Downes Memorial Travel Grant $500 Award, University of Notre Dame, Fall 2008
  • ISLA Professional Development Grant $350 Award, University of Notre Dame Spring 2007
  • Le Moyne College Presidential Tuition Scholarship, Le Moyne College, August 1999-May 2003
  • Alpha Kappa Delta National Sociological Honors Society, Le Moyne College, 2002
  • Psi Chi National Honors Society for Psychology, Le Moyne College, 2002