Graduate Stories

Hexuan interned for the Center for Survey Research contributing to a range of projects, including serving as the lead analyst on a social mission preferences survey, and as a project coordinator on numerous surveys from food security to cancer pain management in Nepal.

David interned for the Center for Economic and Policy Studies implementing methods for making the Center's research and software tools more accessible and easier to deploy, and assisting with a project on direct carbon air capture technology.

Megan was a graduate research assistant in the Demographics Research Group contributing to several important reports, including one on childhood poverty and another on low-wage employment. She also authored several posts on the StatChat web series.

Rebecca interned with the Demographics Research Group, co-authoring blog posts, collaborating with other researchers on client-based projects, and assisted with other projects, including developing a customer satisfaction survey. 

Shayne has worked as a research analyst for the Center for Survey Research since his first year at UVA assisting with all phases of a survey research project, including serving as the designated ArcGIS expert for CSR.

Laura was a research assistant for the Center for Survey Research assisting with the creation, implementation and analysis of the Survey of Undergraduate Research, the BeHeardCVA community survey and the UVA Climate survey.

Gopal interned with the Weldon Cooper Center researching community leadership and assisting with the development of a workshop for strengthening the skills of local leaders in Southwest Virginia. 

Laura interned with the Center for Survey Research working in all aspects of survey work from drafting survey instruments and programming them into Qualtrics, to analyzing data, to conducting interviews and participating in client meetings. 

Undergraduate Stories

Sarah completed an independent study on solar energy with the Energy Transition Initiative. She conducted extensive research, wrote several reports, and participated in an energy policy simulator project.

Molly interned for the Water and Energy Management Team in Charlottesville developing materials to help curb water and energy waste as part of the new WE-@-Work initiative.

Cassandra interned at the Cooper Center as part of the Media Team learning how to produce podcasts, develop a social media strategy, and create infographics.  

Savannah worked for the Demographics Research Group on numerous projects from assisting with a report on the demographic impact of the Civil War to helping to develop a blog post on fertility trends in Virginia.

Kim worked for the Cooper Center for Survey Research as a research assistant on a range of projects from writing methods reports to doing statistical analysis to learning how to be an interview caller. 

Henry interned at the Cooper Center assisting with COVID-19-related project—from helping to develop a report for the Virginia Department of Education to participating in the creation of a survey for medical practitioners.

Lauren completed an internship with the Cooper Center Energy Transition Initiative. She worked primarily on helping to develop the Clean Energy Dashboard for the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy.

Christine was a second-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Marine Biology, when she completed her internship.

Thomas was a third-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying History and Foreign Affairs, when he completed his internship.

JaVori was a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Government and Studio Art, when she completed her internship.

Thomas worked for the Cooper Center for Economic and Policy Studies on a variety of projects including developing a web application for the SolTax program that allows localities in Virginia to estimate tax revenue by investing in solar.  

Nadezhda worked for the Center for Survey Research on client-based projects as a telephone interviewer and has gained a deeper understanding of survey data collection and ethical practices when conducting surveys.   

Alexis worked for the Cooper Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Energy Transition Initiative, creating visualizations for an energy dashboard and simulating ways to supply Virginia's electricity demand with renewables.   

Danielle interned at the Cooper Center as part of the Media Team producing podcasts, creating animations, and taking photos for the Center website.  

Paul interned in the Cooper Center for Economic and Policy Studies, learning how to forecast Virginia electricity demand and analyzing the effects of coal tax credits.