Savannah Quick

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Research Assistant for the Cooper Center

Savannah Quick just finished her third year in Economics at the University of Virginia. She has been accepted into the accelerated Master’s program in Public Policy at the Batten School. She has previously worked at Alderman Library and now works as a research assistant at the UVA Environmental Economics Lab.

Savannah began working at the Cooper Center in February 2018. She is currently working closely with Meredith Gunter, Director of Outreach for the Demographics Research Group, and Larry Terry, Director of the Weldon Cooper Center, on rural initiatives and resources in Virginia.

Where are you from?

Richmond, Virginia.

What brought you to the Cooper Center? 

In high school, I took AP Human Geography, which piqued my interest in demographics. Once I became a student at UVA, I started researching job opportunities involving demographics. I later discovered the Demographics Research Group at the Cooper Center and emailed Demographics Director Qian Cai. Initially, the only position available was for a graduate student, but the position was soon terminated and Qian was able to open up an undergraduate research assistant position for me.

What is something you are passionate about?

Working at the UVA Environmental Economics Lab, I am passionate about figuring out how to perform more robust research. I want the methodologies I use to have the most concrete results.

Where is the next place you would like to travel?

I am visiting New York later on this summer.

What is your most unusual talent?

I can invert my elbow and turn my hand completely around - 360 degrees!

Who is your hero or inspiration?

My mom and my grandma. I think about them a lot when I'm coming up with goals for myself.

What is one food you could eat for the rest of your life?


What is something people would never guess about you?

I used to be a big comic book fan.

What is your favorite memory at the Cooper Center?

Last December, our team went out for hot chocolate and croissants. It was really fun! 

What does public service mean to you?

Public service means doing work for the community to benefit them in ways that they've asked for assistance. We must act according to what the community actually wants or needs.