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Monica E

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Developmental cognitive neuroscience, language development, equity in education, socioeconomic and racial discrimination, resilience

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Why do some children do better in school than others?

Often, we answer this question by thinking about the skills children come to school with. But what if schools have simply been designed to serve some students better than others? In this project, we’ll do a deep-dive into early education literature, and think through how this relates to structural inequity and children’s early language experiences. This would be an awesome review paper for a student journal.

How are parents affected by their access to resources?

Some parents have more resources than other parents, whether this is a steady bank account, access to high-quality schools for their children, a social strong support system, or a safe neighborhood. This inequality has been made apparent and exacerbated in the pandemic. How do these factors affect parents’ interactions with their children? How are both parents and children affected by their external worlds? A project like this could involve talking to parents, doing a review of the literature, and/or writing a paper for a student journal.

Coding skills

R, tcsh/bash, basic matlab and python

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