Three SESP Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants

Three SESP Students Win Undergraduate Research Grants

Aria Fiat

SESP students Aria Fiat, Mallory Mattimore-Malan and Morgan Purrier were awarded Undergraduate Research and Conference Travel Grants by the Northwestern University Office of the Provost recently. The students' research topics relate to psychological science, education reform and linguistics.

Aria Fiat

For her senior honors thesis, human development and psychological services major Aria Fiat is exploring a topic related to adolescent psychology. She will present a poster entitled “Nuances in Self-Focused Thinking and its Relationship to Adolescent Anxiety and Depression” at the Association for Psychological Science 25th Annual Convention. Her faculty adviser is SESP professor Emma Adam.

Mallory Mattimore-Malan

Mallory Mattimore-Malan

A social policy major, Mattimore-Malan is exploring the topic “Identity, Politics, and Education Reform: A Critical Analysis of Chicago Public School Teachers’ Narrative Identity Following a Strike.” She became interested in the Chicago teachers’ strike as an example of how attempts at school reform can affect teachers’ well-being. “I developed my research study, which will allow me to hear teachers’ perspectives and perceptions of the strike, the reforms and their role in educating students. I think this is important because it allows for a more complete picture of education reform,” she says.

“The national attention that the strike received made CPS teachers the focus of a greater political and social movement that will continue to take place for many years as cities work to balance their financial interests with the need to provide equitable, high-quality education to all of their children.” Mattimore-Malan wanted to be involved in Northwestern research opportunities as a way to learn valuable skills. 

Morgan Purrier

Purrier double majors in social policy and linguistics. He has done research on an advanced area of linguistics, and a grant will support his travel to present his poster at the 26th Annual CUNY Conference on Sentence Processing. His poster is entitled “Online Filler-Gap Dependency Formation and That-trace Effect,” and his faculty adviser for his research is assistant professor of linguistics Masaya Yoshida. 

The Undergraduate Research Grants program offers academic year grants of up to $1,000 and summer grants of $3,000 in support of independent undergraduate projects. For more information visit the Undergraduate Research Grants website. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/20/17