2014-2015 Graduate Student Collaboration Fellows Announced!

The Social Science Research Center’s (SSRC) Graduate Student Collaboration Fellowship (GSCF) is a research and collaboration opportunity for DePaul Graduate Students. This new fellowship program in quantitative inquiry and methods offers graduate students office space, interdisciplinary collaboration, technical assistance in statistics and methodology, as well as opportunities to learn additional software programs. In exchange for mentoring and training opportunities, graduate students contribute to research projects and programming within the SSRC.  Earlier this year Miranda Quinn, Vanessa Brown, Leah Barth, Joseph Cunanan, Dionne Brown, Nadia Spawn, and Kimberly Kim were selected as the inaugural cohort of GSCF Fellows.

Miranda Quinn is a native Chicagoan and graduate student in DePaul University’s School of Public Service. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Public Service Management with a concentration in higher education administration. Miranda is a Double Demon, having received her Bachelor of Arts in African and Black Diaspora Studies. Her research interests include the intellectual history of race, the sociology of knowledge, and access and diversity in higher education. As an undergraduate, Miranda was a participant in the McNair Scholars Program and conducted research on the ethnographic display of Africans and people of African descent in zoos, museums, and at international exhibitions, such as world’s fairs. Her career goal is to be a professor and higher education administrator. She will be applying for admission to cultural anthropology doctoral programs in the near future. Miranda enjoys dancing, writing poetry, and trying new cooking recipes within her 7-year-old daughter, Wisdom.

Vanessa Brown received her B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis where she was a John B. Ervin Scholar and Enterprise Scholar. She spent several years in the financial services industry holding positions such as Financial Advisor and Investment Manager. Currently, Vanessa is pursuing her Master of Arts in Sociology at DePaul University. She holds the position of Graduate Assistant for the department. Her research specialty is the sociology of education and includes areas such as for-profit college attendance and mental health disclosure among college students. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys traveling with her husband James and playing with their dog Tucker.

Leah Barth is second year student in the Masters of Public Health Program with an interest in community health programming, evaluation, and biostatistics. Currently, she is an intern with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health in the special projects and evaluation program. As part of the ICAH team, she is helping to transform public consciousness through advocacy and increasing the capacity of family, school, and healthcare systems to support the sexual health, rights, and identities of youth. She is interested in pursuing a career in the fields of youth advocacy, program planning, public health informatics, and epidemiology of chronic illnesses.

Joseph Cunanan has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. He is currently a 2nd year graduate student from the School of Public Service, pursuing an M.S. in Public Service Management with a concentration in Metropolitan Planning and Urban Affairs. His most recent study abroad trip was to Curitiba, Brazil on behalf of DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute to evaluate the city’s civic policies and innovative transit system that has made it a highly livable urban area into the 21st century. He is currently an intern for the Congress for the New Urbanism, a non-profit that works with multi-disciplinary professionals to promote walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. His current research interests are urban greenways and their effects on community and economic development.

Dionne Brown is an eccentric post-structural Sociologist analyzing/reporting on topics that situate realistic views about how social processes allow for successful [re]integration in societies. Specifically, Dionne is interested in how ‘anomy/anomie’ occurs as a result of adaptation and regulation. In addressing such topics, Dionne uses art as a sociological tool for identifying/explaining hypothetical/theoretical positions pertaining to the presence/cause of ‘anomy/anomie.’ Dionne’s ultimate plan is to access opportunities for publishing these post-structural perspectives/findings. Identifying life course themes is also a qualitative component of Dionne’s research. For the researcher, quantitative components in part, aim at analyzing archival data that contribute to the conditions of ‘anomy/anomie’ that Dionne showcases in works of art and/or retrieves through acknowledgements of life course. Ultimately, Dionne’s aim is to conduct research on scenarios pertaining to ‘anomy/anomie,’ thus, identifying/analyzing factors of [de]regulated societies.

Nadia Spawn is a first-year graduate student in the Masters Entry to Nursing Practice program with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her research interests include nurse education & professional development, community healthcare resources for low-income and minority populations, and wellness programming. She is a member of the DePaul Student Nurses Association and the Zeta Sigma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. When not on-campus, Nadia works as a Sitter at Macneal Hospital, volunteers with senior citizens at the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, and enjoys spending her free time Latin & Swing dancing. Her future goals include getting research published, working in the Emergency Department post-graduation, entering a PhD program, and eventually working as a nurse educator at an institution of higher education.

Kimberly Kim is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in evolution and ecology and minoring in Chemistry at DePaul University. She is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Kenshu Shimada, conducting research on different species of ancient sharks. She volunteers at a medical clinic that serves highly populated and underprivileged areas and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is the founder and president of the Pathways Honors Executive Board, a pre-medical advising organization and is a Resident Advisor. In her spare time she loves swimming and baking desserts.


Author: Jessica Bishop-Royse

Jessica Bishop-Royse is the SSRC’s Senior Research Methodologist. Her areas of interest include: health disparities, demography, crime, methods, and statistics. She often finds herself navigating the fields of sociology, demography, epidemiology, medicine, public health, and policy. She was broadly trained in data collection, Stata, quantitative research methodology, as well as statistics. She has experience with multi-level analyses, survival analyses, and multivariate regression. Outside of the work context, Jessi is interested in writing, reading, travel, photography, and sport.

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