Justin is a psychology major at Virginia Commonwealth University, and participated in the Summer Research Opportunity Program at the University of Iowa in the summer of 2016. After graduation, Justin would like to have a career working as a guidance counselor in a middle or high school in a low income area, and eventually to become a principal. His passion is in helping children to explore their true potential and talents in education.
Alex is a recently graduated student from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He has a wide range of interests within the realm of public policy, with his most prominent being education. Prior to the summer of 2016, Alex had no previous experience doing research. His entrance into the Iowa Center for Undergraduate Research Program was initiated by Associate Professor Sarah Bruch while taking her Policy Matters course during his senior year. Following graduation, Alex has continued performing research with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, and plans to return to Iowa in the coming year in order to pursue a Ph.D. in Schools, Culture, & Society.
"I strongly believe that my time working with the Public Policy Center this summer was one of the most important and worthwhile experiences that I have had as an undergraduate. Being able to contribute to the meaningful work the Public Policy Center continues to do has been a great honor, and I would highly recommend a research internship experience such as this one to other undergraduate students."