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COEHD welcomes undergraduate researchers

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The College of Education and Human Development’s Office of Undergraduate Studies welcomed four student researchers this month to participate in the inaugural Summer Undergraduate Research Internship.

For six weeks, the students will work one-on-one with faculty researchers from across the college.

“We are so pleased that Dean Margo DelliCarpini has selected undergraduate research internships as a priority,” said Dr. Norma Guerra, associate professor and associate dean for undergraduate studies. “This means we are looking at our undergraduate students as future researchers and investing in them now as they complete their initial degrees.”

Sarah Carmichael is a senior at UTSA. Working with Drs. Guerra and Alberto Cordova, associate professor and assistant dean of student success, Carmichael is conducting a review of literature that addresses the needs of student success, focusing specifically on first-generation students, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and education. She is involved in survey data analysis and focus group interviewing.

Monica Edman, also a senior at UTSA, is working with Dr. Armando Trujillo from the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies on expanding her research. Research activities for Edman include focus group interviewing and data analysis.

Silvan Sooksatan and Valentina Zavala-Arbelaez, students at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., are working with Dr. Michael Villarreal, assistant professor and director of the Urban Education Institute, and Nicole Foy, project leader. Both Sooksatan and Zavala-Arbelaez are working on a qualitative study on student mobility.

“By interviewing students and their families and producing case studies, our summer interns will help us understand why students enrolled in charter schools exhibit mobility rates nearly doubled that of their counterparts at non-charter public schools in San Antonio,” said Villarreal. “Together we are focusing on the experience of students with special needs or past behavioral challenges.”

At the end of the internship, each student will present their research and work to Dean Margo DelliCarpini.

“Our hope is that this internship will spark student interest in research,” said Guerra. “I would anticipate that in the near future, all COEHD undergraduate programs will have an undergraduate research component. I think we are changing how we look at undergraduate degrees, undergraduate students, and research.”

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