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Student Research Symposium 2017 - Student Spotlight

 

Anele Villanueva

Anele Villanueva

Anele Villanueva is majoring in Child and Family Development with double minors in Counseling and Social Change and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Her family and mentors are the components that motivate her to be successful in her education and schooling involvement. Also, being the first member in her family to attend a university gives her motivation to take advantage of all the opportunities that are offered to reach her goals of going to graduate school.

She did a research project with doctoral student Erin Smolak and Dr. Margaret Friend at the Infant and Child Development Lab (SDSU) on the relation of code-switching and translation equivalents, and how these relate to executive functioning in English- and Spanish- speaking monolingual, and English-Spanish bilingual young children. The findings were presented at the SDSU Student Research Symposium in March 3, 2017 where she was given the Provost Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation. She thanks her mentors, and she could not have asked for a better laboratory team.

 

Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen

Nancy Nguyen is a third-year undergraduate student in the Weber’s Honors College, studying Sociology and Public Administration. Nancy is currently underakting two research projects, one with the National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) and the second with the Access to Opportunity Program. With an undergraduate research grant, Nancy was funded to conduct a research project with the NCUST. This study investigated the approaches employed by personnel in high-performing, urban, K-12 schools that serve minority-concentrated low-income communities, as they address the emotional and social needs of students. For this project, Nancy conducted interviews, coded transcripts, established thematic summaries, mapped data matrices, and compiled quantitative reports that was then presented at SDSU's 10th Student Research Symposium. This research project was awarded the Provost's Outstanding Award. In addition, Nancy is also a paid Research Assistant with SDSU's Research Foundation for the Access to Opportunity Program, where she investigates how policies by the public, non-profit, and private sectors can better support low-income minority families. These experiences have granted her status as a Fellow with the Public Policy and International Affairs Program, where she will spend this summer at a fully funded program at Princeton University, developing a research report on a current international policy issue using skills in economics, statistics, and policy analysis. With these cumulative experiences, she hopes to enter economic research-development to provide informed guidance to federal agencies on policy initiatives.