Silver Wins Top Research Prize

Silver Wins Top Research Prize

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School of Education and Social Policy students Jamilah Silver and Camille Cooley was received undergraduate research awards for their outstanding work during Northwestern University’s 2018 Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition.

Silver, a junior, won the top research prize – the newly created $500 Sigma Xi Best Expo Oral Presentation Award – for the presentation of her work looking at the prevalence and development of depression among urban, low-income preschoolers.

A faculty judge commented that Silver’s talk, “The Role of Home Environment, Temperament, Family Warmth & Attachment: Moderators and Predictors between Exposure to Violence and Depressive Symptoms in Low-Income Preschoolers" was “the best presentation I have seen at the exposition.”

Silver’s research interests include early childhood development, particularly of children of ethnic minority backgrounds, and the design and implementation of policy associated with children’s educational and social well-being.

Over the summer, Silver will be an intramural research training fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health in the Mood, Brain, and Development Unit where she’ll work on a project involving depression in adolescents.

She credited her coursework in the human development and psychological services program with influencing her research interests and work.

“The program has allowed me to explore the ways human development is influenced by family, schools, and communities,” she said. “SESP has helped me acquire knowledge, skills, and flexible ways of thinking and understanding development which has been transferable to many areas of my career.”

Camille Cooley wins third

Cooley, a senior, earned third place for "Illinois Intellectual and Developmental Disability State Policy: Helping or Hurting?" Her research, which focuses on Illinois disability policy, was part of her SESP honors thesis and inspired by her practicum at the Anixter Center, where she worked with adults with disabilities.

Though she has adult family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities, she didn’t fully realize how difficult extended care over a lifetime can be for caregivers and their loved ones, she said.

“My SESP practicum gave me immense insight into this world of social services and disability policy that I had never considered before, and for that, I am incredibly thankful,” Cooley said. “It was a long and challenging academic journey but I'm very glad I pursued it in the end.”


By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 6/8/18