Senior Daniel Nissani Selected for Leadership Alliance Research Program

Senior Daniel Nissani Selected for Leadership Alliance Research Program

Daniel Nissani

Based on his interest and ability, senior Daniel Nissani was chosen for a special summer research opportunity through the Leadership Alliance. The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program will give him training in academic research.

Nissani will be doing his research at Vanderbilt University under professor Richard Lehrer. His project will be on the statistical intuition of middle school students and ways to implement authentic data collection into statistics classrooms.

The Leadership Alliance encourages undergraduates to pursue academic research careers, providing them with training and mentoring in the conduct of research. Students work for eight to ten weeks in the summer under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Leadership Alliance institution to gain training in academic research and scientific experimentation. All SR-EIP participants make oral or poster presentations of their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

“I applied for this program because I really wanted to get involved with research in the social sciences. The Leadership Alliance offered generous stipends to universities for me to pursue my passion without having to design my own study,” says Nissani.

“The work that I will be doing could be very informative for classes trying to teach data sets, including middle school classes, high school classes and AP Statistics classes,” says Nissani, a secondary teaching major. His understanding is that the goal of the research is to identify the best ways to get students interacting with their own data sets and to recognize how various statistical tools provide information about the data. “This could later inform lesson planning and classroom structure, which are key to good teaching,” he notes.

On campus, Nissani has been co-president of the Northwestern Quest Scholars Network and a teaching assistant for the Mathematics Department and the Center for Talent Development. "These activities strike the core of my passions in life. I love mathematics and always have, ever since I was a kid. Being able to teach people how to think about a mathematics problem — really any problem — is extremely rewarding,” he says.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 6/11/13