Maxwell Dean's Office Summer Project Assistantship Program Awardees

The Summer Project Assistantship Program is offered annually by the Maxwell Dean's Office to faculty in the Maxwell School, providing summer funding for the graduate assistant of their choice, to support preliminary research for and/or preparation of a proposal for external project funding in the subsequent year. The application deadline falls in April. Successful faculty applicants are expected to provide a written report on the submission of a related proposal to an external funder within one year of the issuance of the award. Since 2004, the Maxwell School has invested approximately $175,000 into this internal program, resulting in over $3.2 million in related sponsored awards.

2019 Awardees

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Obtaining High-resolution River Morphology Using UAV and Structure from Motion Photogrammetry
Graduate Assistant: Atef Amriche

Colleen Heflin, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: Childcare Policy Research Partnership
Graduate Assistant: Akanksha Patnaik

Michah Rothbart, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: Statewide, Longitudinal Analysis of Malleable Factors related to High School Completion Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
Graduate Assistant: Mattie MacKenzie-Liu

2018 Awardees

Sherburne Abbott, Geography
Project Title: Using the Science of Societal Benefits to Inform and Motivate Action on Environment and Sustainability
Graduate Assistant: To be determined

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Research and Development Laboratories in the Production Process
Graduate Assistant: Jorge Valdebenito

Shana Gadarian, Political Science
Project Title: American Anxieties about Globalization
Graduate Assistant: Akanksha Patnaik

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Long-term evolution of Onondaga Creek and its social and cultural impact on riparian urban communities
Graduate Assistant: Patrick Oberle

Dimitar Gueorguiev, Political Science
Project Title: China Foreign Policy Barometer
Graduate Assistant: Aykut Ozturk

Mengxiao Liu, Economics
Project Title: The Effect of Mergers & Acquisitions on Multinational Firms’ Innovation Decisions
Graduate Assistant: Yimin Yi

Gretchen Purser, Sociology
Project Title: The Project, Performance, and Politics of Job Readiness
Graduate Assistant: Brian Hennigan

Nazanin Shahrokni, Sociology
Project Title: “Pink Rides” Go Global: A Comparative Study of Four Illustrative Cases of Women-Only Taxis across the Globe
Graduate Assistant: Fitore Hyseni

Merril Silverstein, Sociology
Project Title: Religiosity, Health, and Mortality Over the Adult Life Course
Graduate Assistant: Wencheng Zhang

2017 Awardees

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Lobbying, Uncertainty, and the Ratification of Trade Agreements
Graduate Assistant: Hoang Pham, Economics

Julia L. Carboni, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: National Science Foundation (NSF) Science of Organizations grant application
Graduate Assistant: Francisco Santamarina, Public Administration and International Affairs

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Quantitative assessment of social and economic impacts of flooding on urban communities
Graduate Assistant: Siqi Li, Science and Engineering

Rebecca Peters, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: Transportation Administration in the Borderlands: The Moral and the Material at the Zambia-Angola Border
Graduate Assistant: To be determined

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology
Project Title: Living with Cancer at the Crossroads: Assessing risks and seeking cures for reproductive cancers in India
Graduate Assistant: Alisa Weinstein

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology
Project Title: Cervical and Breast Cancer in India: a socio-cultural study
Graduate Assistant: Jessica Posega

2016 Awardees

Susan Millar, Geography
Project Title: Snow Cover, Land Use, and Flood Hazard: Understanding the impact of urbanization on local and regional climates and flood runoff
Graduate Assistant: Justin Hartnett, Geography

Tina Nabatchi, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: Patient Engagement Strategies for Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care
Graduate Assistant: Suyeon Jo, Public Administration

Carol Faulkner, History/Citizenship and Civic Engagement
Project Title: Citizenship and Civic Engagement grant research
Graduate Assistant: Cassandra Schmitt, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Natalie Koch, Geography
Project Title: Laboratories of liberalism: The impact of American higher education in the Gulf Arab states
Graduate Assistant: Tina Catania Urbano, Geography

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology
Project Title: Cervical and Breast Cancer in India: a socio-cultural study
Graduate Assistant: Jessica Posega, Anthropology

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Evaluating uncertainty and accuracy of modeling sediment dynamics over a storm event in a medium-sized watershed in central New York
Graduate Assistant: Gregory Ruetenik, Earth Science

2015 Awardees

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Research and Development Laboratories in the Production Process
Graduate Assistant: Hyunseok Jung, Economics

Shana Kushner Gadarian, Political Science
Project Title: Understanding Institutional Interactions: Gender, Race and Representation
Graduate Assistant: Logan Strother, Political Science

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Modification of an Event-Based Watershed Model, DWSM
Graduate Assistant: Gregory Ruetenik, Earth Science

Thomas Keck, Political Science
Project Title: Toward a Global Repository of Free Speech Jurisprudence
Graduate Assistant: Brandon Metroka, Political Science

Guido Pezzarossi, Anthropology
Project Title: Determining Market Dependence in Colonial Guatemala: Elemental Characterization of Maya Ceramic Artifacts
Graduate Assistant: Paul Noe, Anthropology

Spencer Piston, Political Science
Project Title: The Dehumanization of Black Americans in the Contemporary United States
Graduate Assistant: Laura Rodriguez Ortiz, Public Administration.

Gretchen Purser, Sociology
Project Title: Faith-Based Job “Readiness” Programs
Graduate Assistant: Brian Hennigan, Geography

2014 Awardees

Jacob Bendix, Geography
Project Title: Geographic variation in the impacts of California riparian wildfire

Graduate Assistant: Michael G. Commons, Geography

Robert Rubinstein, Anthropology
Project Title: Neighborhood Trauma Resulting from Gun Violence in Syracuse
Graduate Assistant: Shaundel Sanchez, Anthropology

Abdulaziz Shifa, Economics
Project Title: Optimal taxation in a developing economy with limited fiscal capacity
Graduate Assistant: Shulin Shen, Economics

Shannon Novak, Anthropology
Project Title: A Bioarchaeological and Biomolecular Approach to Intersections of Social Identities and Local Biologies at the Historic Spring Street Presbyterian Church, Manhattan (ca.1810-1846)
Graduate Assistant: Stephanie Gladyk, MSc Forensic Science

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Endogenous Politics and the Design of International Trade Institutions
Graduate Assistant: Yusuf Bagir, Economics

Merril Silverstein, Sociology
Project Title: Does a Step-Gap Equal a CareGap in the Intergenerational Relationships of Older Adults?
Graduate Assistant: Yooumi Lee, Social Science

Mark Monomier, Geography
Project Title: Inventing Cartography
Graduate Assistant: Emily Bukowski, Geography

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Modeling event-based nutrient movement at the watershed scale
Graduate Assistant: Justin Hartnett, Geography

Cecilia Van Hollen, Anthropology
Project Title: Socio-cultural Responses to Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Projects in India
Graduate Assistant: Jonathan Jackson, Anthropology

Ines Mergel, Public Administration
Project Title: Open Innovation and Open Collaboration in Government
Graduate Assistant: Ari Epstein, Public Administration

2013 Awardees

Madonna Harrington Meyer, Sociology
Project Title: Grandparenting Children with Disabilities
Graduate Assistant: Jessica Hausauer, Sociology

Kristy Buzard, Economics
Project Title: Trade Policy and Institutional Structures
Graduate Assistant: Jae Yoon Lee,Economics

Ines Mergel, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: Big Data in the Public Sector: Institutionalization of Emergent Governance Mechanisms
Graduate Assistants: Roza Vasileva, Public Administration

Gladys McCormick, History
Project Title: The Untold Story of Political Prisoners in Mid-Twentieth Century Mexico, and The Life of a Forgotten Hero: The Case of Jacinto Lopez and his Fight for Rural Mexico
Graduate Assistant: Jennifer Monti, Languages, Literature, and Linguistics

Glyn Morgan, Political Science
Project Title: Why are Some Majority Muslim Countries More Religious Than Others?
Graduate Assistant: Ebrahim Soltani

Christopher R. DeCorse, Anthropology
Project Title: Assessing the Impacts: Coastal Sierra Leone during the Atlantic Slave Trade
Graduate Assistants: Samuel Amartey, Sean Reid, Anthropology

Dawn Dow, Sociology
Project Title: The Black Man’s Code: How African American Male College Students Navigate Racial Stigma
Graduate Assistant: Marcus Bell, Sociology

Eloenora Patacchini, Gary Engelhardt, Doug Wolf; Economics (2), Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: The Impact of Social Networks on the Health Care and Living Arrangements of Older Americans
Graduate Assistant: Jordan Christopher Stanley, Economics

Janet Wilmoth, Sociology
Project Title: Aging and Disability
Graduate Assistant: Yooumi Lee, Social Science

2012 Awardees

Shena Ashley, SoonHee Kim, W. Henry Lambright; Public Administration and International Affairs, Political Science
Project Title: Global Governance and Public Administration: The Future of the Discipline
Graduate Assistant: Flavia Rey de Castro Pastor

Robert Bifulco, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: The Impact of Race-Neutral School Assignment on School Segregation
Graduate Assistant: Sun Jung Oh

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: (1) Identifying Different Processes of Controlling the Transport of Sediment and Geochemical Materials in Poorly and Well-Managed Watersheds (2) General Patterns Characterizing Suspended Sediment Load Dynamics from Supply-Limited to Transport-Limited Watersheds
Graduate Assistant: Michael Gurney Commons

Cecilia Green, Sociology
Project Title: The New Chinese Presence in the Anglophone Caribbean
Graduate Assistant: Yan Liu

Andrew London, Janet Wilmoth; Sociology
Project Title: Veteran Health: Analyses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Data

Graduate Assistant: Jessica Hausauer

Prema Kurien, Sociology
Project Title: The Political Incorporation of Religious Minorities in Canada and the U.S.
Graduate Assistant: Jocelyn Killmer

Yingyi Ma, Sociology
Project Title: Why are they initially over-represented, but ultimately under-represented?—An Investigation of the Attainment of a Science/engineering Bachelor’s Degree for Racial Minorities
Graduate Assistant: TBD

Rebecca Warne Peters, Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: In the absence of the state: contests over professional childbirth care and the role of international organizations in post-war Angola
Graduate Assistant: Megan Lee

Hans Peter Schmitz, Political Science
Project Title: The Rise of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Middle-Income Countries: The role of TNGOs
Graduate Assistant: Lindsey Spector

David Van Slyke, William Banks; Public Administration and International Affairs
Project Title: The Prospects of Institutional Transfer: An Analysis of U.S. Security Assistance Contracts as an Inducements for Developing Afghan National Security Forces
Graduate Assistant: Nicholas J. Armstrong

2011 Awardees

Douglas Armstrong, Anthropology
Project Title: Archaeological Exploration of the Transition from Indentured to Enslaved Labor in Seventeenth Century Barbados
Graduate Assistant: Katherine Hicks

John Burdick, Anthropology
Project Title: What Difference do TNGOs Make to Indigenous Struggles in Brazil and Guatemala?
Graduate Assistant: Melinda Gurr

Matthew Cleary, Political Science
Project Title: Indigenous Autonomy in Southern Mexico
Graduate Assistant: Ioana Emilia Matesan

William Horrace, Economics
Project Title: Two-Stage Least Squares with Aggregated Instruments
Graduate Assistant: Ying Deng

Amy Lutz, Sociology
Project Title: Immigrant-Native Differences in College Destinations among Blacks and Whites in the Post-Grutter Era
Graduate Assistant: Gokhan Savas

Ines Mergel, Public Administration
Project Title: Knowledge incubation in the public sector
Graduate Assistant: Pat Fiorenza

Devavish Mitra, Mary Lovely; Economics
Project Title: Globalization and Entrepreneurship in Developing Asia
Graduate Assistant: Ian Wright

Shannon Novak, Anthropology
Project Title: The Children of Spring Street: A Stable Isotope Study
Graduate Assistant: Anthony Faulkner

Deborah Pellow, Anthropology
Project Title: The Changing cartographies of embodiment in Postcolonial Ghana
Graduate Assistant: Kwame Edwin Otu

Jamie Winders, Geography
Project Title: Between Making a Living and Making a Place: Understanding Immigrant/Native-Born Tensions in New Destinations
Graduate Assistant: Thor Ritz

2010 Awardees

Subho Basu, History
Project Title: Contested Homeland: Colonial Geography, Territoriality and Muslim Nationalism in Bengal
Graduate Assistant: Saneep Banerjee

John Burdick, Hans Peter Schmitz; Anthropology, Political Science
Project Title: The Impact of Rights Based Approaches (RBA) on Grassroots Activism and Advocacy
Graduate Assistant: Jesse Harasta

Peng Gao, Geography
Project Title: Dynamic linkage between variable sediment sources and downstream sediment load at the watershed scale
Graduate Assistant: Maria Josefson

Prema Kurien, Sociology
Project Title: Globalization, Religion, and Ethnic Politics: Indian Americans in the Public Sphere
Graduate Assistant: Anirban Acharya

Yingyi Ma, Sociology
Project Title: Higher Education in China: Opportunity or Quagmire?
Graduate Assistant: Dan Zhang

Gladys McCormick, History
Project Title: Authoritarianism and Popular Mobilizations in Mid-Twentieth Century Rural Mexico
Graduate Assistant: Robert Solonick

Tina Nabatchi, Public Administration
Project Title: CNY Speaks
Graduate Assistant: Greg Munno

Thomas Perrault, Geography
Project Title: Mining, water, and rural livelihoods in the Bolivian Andes
Graduate Assistant: Barbara Greene

Margaret Usdansky, Sociology
Project Title: Promoting Successful Career Trajectories among Women and Minority STEM Faculty
Graduate Assistants: Chantell Frazier, Alecea Standlee

Hongying Wang, Political Science
Project Title: The Political Economy of China's New Welfare State
Graduate Assistant: Jing Lin