Students

Students

Chris Antoun

Christopher Antoun holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan (in Survey Methodology). He first became interested in surveys after developing a rice farming questionnaire for his community while serving in the Peace Corps in Thailand. For two years, while he completed his Master’s degree, he worked at Survey Research Operations at the Survey Research Center. His research focuses on the application of mobile devices to the survey process.  Personal webpage.

Ashley Bowers

After earning her BA in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Ashley Bowers earned a master's degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland. She worked at the survey center at the University of North Carolina following her Masters' degree studies, and in 2004-05 worked as a research associate at Survey Research Operations. She is a third year PhD student with interests in establishment survey design and the impact of human resource management practices on survey data quality and cost.

Kristen Cibelli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Following her B.A. degree, she worked in the area of international human rights. She assisted advocates in the collection, management and analysis of data about human rights abuses in countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Thailand (for Burma). She returned to graduate school earning her Masters of Science degree from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Kristen is currently a first year PhD student at the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology and serves as a Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Operations. Her research interests include cross-cultural survey research, the effect of privacy and confidentiality concerns and social desirability on measurement quality, and the application of survey methods in challenging contexts such as post conflict or post disaster and in low development countries.

 

Piotr Dworak (dworak@umich.edu) Mr. Dworak received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Arizona. He then went on to receive his Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Boston University.  Piotr is currently working as a Survey Specialist Senior at the University of Michigan.  Mr. Dworak will be studying the social science emphasis of Survey Methodology.

 

 

Daniel Guzman (drguzman@umich.edu) Daniel received this Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics at the National University of Colombia, in Bogotá, Colombia.  Since 2006 he has focused on statistical analysis and the process of documenting political violence in conflict and post-conflict scenarios, mainly in Latin America. He worked as a quantitative analyst and advisor to Colombian and Guatemalan organizations about how to analyze human rights violations while addressing the potential statistical biases in the information. In October 2012, he provided expert statistical testimony in the successful trial against two former guatemalan police officers for the forced disappearence of a Guatemalan student leader. Daniel will pursue the statistical emphasis of Survey Methodology.

Saram Han (saramhan@umich.edu) Mr. Han received his Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management from South Korea.   Saram will pursue the marketing research emphasis of Survey Methodology.

 

Lirui He (liruihe@umich.edu) Ms. He received her Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics at Sun Yat-Sen University in the People’s Republic of China.  Lirui will pursue the Public Opinion aspect of the program.

 

Mengyao Hu (maggiehl@umich.edu) Ms. Hu recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.  Most recently Mengyao worked as a research assistant within Survey Research Operations in the Survey Research Center. As a PhD student, Mengyao will be studying the social science emphasis of Survey Methodology.

Qiaoxian Hu (qxhu@umich.edu) Ms. Hu received her Bachelor of Management degree in Population Studies at the Renmin University of China in the People’s Republic of China.  Most recently Qiaoxian worked as a Research Assistant for CASTED, the Ministry of Science and Technology of People's Republic of China .  Qiaoxian will pursue the social science emphasis of the program. 

Brian Hunscher (bhunsch@umich.edu) Mr. Hunscher received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.  Most recently Brian worked as a Graduate Assistant at Washtenaw International High School in Ypsilanti.  Brian will be studying the statistical emphasis of Survey Methodology.

Nicole Kirgis

Nicole Kirgis holds a bachelor's degree in social relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and comes to the M.S. program with more than 18 years of experience in survey research. Currently she is a Survey Director in Survey Research Operations at the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center, where she manages data collection on the National Survey of Family Growth and provides consultation on data collection operations to international researchers.

ShinJung Julia Lee

ShinJung Julia Lee comes to the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology from the biostatistics unit of the Cancer Center at the University of Michigan Health System, where her responsibilities have included design of data collection instruments and statistical analysis. She has earned degrees from the China Medical College (Taiwan), and from the University of California at Los Angeles. She will have a statistical emphasis in the program.

 

 

Dan Li (judymlee@umich.edu) Ms. Li received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Beijing Normal University in the People’s Republic of China.  Mostly recently Dan worked as an Intern in the sales and marketing department at Mercedes-Benz[China] Ltd.  Ms. Li will pursue the marketing research emphasis of Survey Methodology.

 

Mingnan Liu received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese and Bachelor of Law degree in Sociology from Peking University in Beijing, China.  He then went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Sociology at Purdue University. Mingnan has been a teaching assistant in the Sociology department at Purdue University. As a PhD student in the program, he will focus on the social science aspects of survey methodology.

 

Carlos Macuada (cmacuada@umich.edu) Mr. Macuada received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile.  Carlos worked as a Researcher for Corporacion Latinobarómetro and most recently as Project Manager in Ipsos, Public Affairs, in Santiago, Chile.  Carlos will pursue the Public Opinion aspect of the program.

 

Ryan McCammon (mccammon@umich.edu) Mr. McCammon received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.  He is currently working as a Research Analyst at the University of Michigan in the department of Internal Medicine.  Ryan will pursue the social science of Survey Methodology.

Colleen McClain (camcclai@umich.edu) Ms. McClain received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan.  Most recently Colleen worked as a Survey Manager for Survey Sciences Group, LLC.  Colleen will pursue the social science emphasis of the Survey Methodology program.

 

Edmundo Melipillan (robmeli@umich.edu) Mr. Melipillan received his Bachelor of Psychology degree from Universidad de Concepción, Chile.  He then went on to receive his Master's degree in Social Research from the Universidad de Concepción, Chile.   Edmundo most recently worked as a professor teaching Quantitative Methodology at the Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile), and as a researcher in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Universidad de Concepción (Chile). Edmundo will be studying the social science emphasis of the program. 

 

 

Raphael Nishimura comes to the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology after graduating in Statistics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He worked for four years as a survey statistician in Ipsos Public Affairs, a private social research company. Raphael also attended the 2008 Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques as a student in the Sampling Program for Survey Statisticians. As a PhD student, he will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

Ji Qi (qiji@umich.edu) Mr. Qi received his Bachelor of Management Degree in Public Administration from Renmin University of China.  During his undergraduate studies, Ji initially ignited his interest in survey research through an internship at IMS Health, where he worked as a market analyst in several healthcare marketing research projects. Later, Ji got a research assistant position at the Institute of Social Science Survey, Peking University, and assisted in data cleaning process for Chinese Family Panel Studies. Most recently, Ji finished an internship at CTR Market Research. Combing his interest in applied statistics, Ji will pursue the statistical emphasis of Survey Methodology.

Michael Sadowsky (micsadow@umich.edu) Mr. Sadowsky received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oberlin College.  Most recently Michael worked as an intern at WESTAT.  Michael will pursue the public opinion aspect of the program.

Andrea Schwanz (aschwanz@umich.edu) Ms. Schwanz received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  During college, Andie worked as intern at the US Census Bureau in Maryland.  She spent the last year employed as a professional dog walker and pet sitter.  Andie will pursue the social science aspects of the Program in Survey Methodology.  

 

Sharan Sharma (snsharma@umich.edu) Mr. Sharma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Management Studies in Marketing – both from University of Mumbai.  Sharan also earned his Master’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Michigan.  He holds the position of Senior Vice President at TAM India, a Nielsen-Kantar company which is the television and radio ratings provider for India.  Apart from research, Sharan has also held positions in sales and business development in his career in the Indian media industry.  As a PhD student, Sharan will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

Zeynep Suzer-Gurtekin

Zeynep Suzer-Gurtekin earned her master's degree in survey methodology here at the Program for Survey Methodology. Before coming to Michigan, she completed an MBA at Western Michigan University. Recently she has worked for the CFI Group in Ann Arbor.

Zhe Wang (wzhe@umich.edu) Mr. Wang received his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Renmin University of China.  Most recently Zhe worked as a Data Analyst for the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Technology.  Mr. Wang will pursue the social science emphasis of the Program in Survey Methodology.

Joy Wilke (joywilke@umich.edu) Ms. Wilke received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She most recently worked at Domino’s Pizza in Ann Arbor on the Strategy and Insights team.  Joy will pursue the Public Opinion aspect of the program.

 

Huiying (Yanna) Yan (yanhuier@umich.edu) Ms. Yan recently graduated with her Masters degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.  Most recently Yanna worked as an intern in Survey Methods Group at Westat in Rockville, Maryland.  As a PhD student,  Yanna will be studying the social science emphasis of Survey Methodology.

 

Brian Wells (bmwells@umich.edu) Mr. Wells holds a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has worked with surveys for both federal and state government agencies as well as for-profit survey organizations. His primary interest revolves around unit and item nonresponse in surveys. As a PhD student, Brian will be studying the statistical emphasis of the program.

 

 

Michael Zeddies (mze@umich.edu) Mr. Zeddies received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  He has worked for more than ten years in Survey Research Operations here at the Institute for Social Research.  A former student in the certificate program, Michael will be studying the social science emphasis of the Program in Survey Methodology.

 

Mengmeng Zhang (zhanmeng@umich.edu) Ms. Zhang received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. During her study, Mengmeng worked as a Student Research Assistant for the Institute for Social Research Health and Retirement Study Program. In 2012 and 2013, she worked as a summer intern in The Nielsen Company Retail Measurement Services Data Acquisition Team and Measurement Science Behavior Methods Team.  Ms. Zhang will pursue the social science with marketing research emphasis in the program.

Hanzhi Zhou

Hanzhi Zhou earned her bachelor's degree in statistics, with an emphasis on economic analysis, from Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing. During her undergraduate program, she interned at the Bank of China, in the loans and sales department. After completing her studies at Capital University, she came to Michigan State University, where the graduated in 2009 with a master's degree in statistics. While there she became interested in survey research, and worked on several survey projects for the Center for Statistical Training and Consulting. As a PhD student in the program, she intends to focus on the statistical aspects of survey methodology.