Alumni & Friends

Undergraduate research has helped to distinguish me from other applicants as I compete for admission into top graduate programs.

 

Lauren Mondschein, '11
Commonwealth Foundation Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Research published in Commonwealth Foundation Policy Brief

The experience I gained from the preparation of my senior thesis has helped my writing in law school and also my organization/preparation process for my job.

 

Christina Orr, '10
Senior Thesis under review at Journal of Law and Economics
Koch Research Fellow, Duquesne University

My undergraduate research experience has not only opened up a door of possibilities into the realm of public policy, it has also provided me with the necessary toolset to be successful in a highly competitive graduate program.

 

John Pulito, '10
Mercatus Fellow, George Mason University
Koch Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Commonwealth Foundation Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Other research published in Commonwealth Foundation Policy Brief
Research quoted in Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer

The education and personal attention from the faculty provided me with advance knowledge and research skills that have allowed me to have a competitive advantage when competing for graduate programs. The experience of doing a thesis in my senior year permitted me to use my skills independently and pursue a field that I have a deep passion for.   Because of everything I have accomplished at Duquesne, the doors of opportunity have opened for me in ways I did not believe were possible.

Anthony Lucas, '10
Ph.D. student in health economics, Ohio State University
Koch Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Senior Thesis under review at the Journal of Health Economics

My undergraduate research provided me the competitive advantage I needed to obtain a secure and exciting position in a world class investment management company by setting me apart from my peers and equipping me with the skills necessary to excel in the workplace.

 

Karlie O’Malley, '10
International Database Manager, Federated Investors
Koch Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Senior Thesis published in North American Journal of Psychology

The opportunity to engage in meaningful research projects while still being an undergraduate has been immensely valuable to me in a number of different ways. First, it taught me how to successfully approach and solve challenging problems independently, which I have found to be essential to success in graduate school. It also allowed me to have a seamless transition from the class-oriented undergraduate to the research-oriented graduate environment, a process with which a lot of people struggle. And not the least, it was crucial in my graduate school application process simply because it is virtually impossible to enter a top Economics PhD program without prior research experience.

 

Rosen Valchev, '09
Ph.D. student in economics, Duke University
Koch Research Fellow, Duquesne University
Senior Thesis under review at Public Policy
Other research published in Mercatus Center Working Papers,
and George Washington Research Program on Forecasting Working Papers