Student Awarded Heritage Foundation Research Internship

Posted: January 12, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Maura Kelly

The Heritage Foundation recently awarded a research internship to Shanea Watkins, a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Policy (SPP). The internship will allow her to finish her study of the impact of charter schools on closing the achievement gap.

“My dissertation research will examine whether students in charter schools have greater math and reading achievement gains over time when compared to students in regular public schools,” Watkins explains.

Watkins will be working at the foundation from now until May 2006. During that time, she’ll be affiliated with the Center for Data Analysis under the direction of David Muhlhausen.

“The Heritage Foundation is interested in my study and its implications for using school choice policies to help close – or narrow – the achievement gap between whites and minorities,” Watkins says. “And the internship will allow me to work on my research while combining it with a larger Heritage Foundation research project.

“More importantly, the internship will give me the opportunity to meet and work with others who are already established in the education policy field.”

At SPP, Watkins works with David Armor, her advisor and dissertation chair.

The Heritage Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., is a think tank founded in 1973 with the mission of formulating and promoting conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values and a strong national defense.

This article appeared in a slightly different format in SPP Currents.

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