Professor John Papay discusses the UEP course he teaches, how UEP students use his course, the way he responds to student’s varying interests and how UEP students are prepared for future jobs.
Q: How did your experience in the UEP program prepare you for the work you are doing now?
A: The UEP program did a really nice job of repurposing my skills for this type of work. I was a teacher prior to that which gave me a lot of really good perspective of what was happening on the ground. So UEP took those skills and added on top of it all of the research and quantitative analysis. I was research assistant for Ken Wong and that was really helpful going through, getting more experience with STATA. It’s a really useful skill to have on your resume.
Q: What advice would you give current UEP students?
A. Quantitative methods are really important to get hired for a lot of jobs even if the job isn’t totally quantitative. It’s a skill that not a lot of people have. It’s difficult to find people who can do the quantitative analysis that can also talk to people and present things in a way that people who aren’t familiar with that type of analysis can understand and help them interpret and make decisions. Also, my hope would be that everyone invest themselves in the UEP program and take what they can because the year goes by fast.
Q: What is one of your biggest takeaways from the UEP program?
A: The strong cohort focus, it’s a small program and you get that high intensity focus with your classmates and professors, that’s all really important. We all continue to connect and the networks just keep going and going, so I felt really privileged being a part of that family and it’s just a really rich experience, it changed my life, it changed my brain.
Yesterday, the UEP program hosted its final Speaker Series lecture of the semester. Jennifer Jennings, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU, gave a talk titled, “Medical Adaptation to Academic Pressure: Schooling, Stimulant Use, and Socioeconomic Status”. Professor Jennings’s research focuses on the effects of schools on a range of long-term outcomes, and on the effects of accountability systems on inequality in educational outcomes. Her research has found temporal, geographic, and age patterns in student stimulant use across the United States. The research suggests that it is time to start thinking about medical enhancement just like any other mechanism parents use to enhance their child’s academic performance, particularly among high socioeconomic families.
UEP students met with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras during Professor Wong’s Urban Politics and School Governance class at City Hall in Providence
UEP Alum Cindy Lung wins the Luce Scholarship! The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Check out the link below to read more about Cindy and this great honor!