Logan Drake

Logan Drake, Undergraduate student, Economics, Philosophy, and Ethics and Public Policy

Improves school experiences

What is your degree program and expected graduation date? BBA, Economics; BA, Philosophy and Ethics and Public Policy, May 2019

Please describe your research: I work in a team at the Public Policy Center to evaluate the effectiveness of an implicit bias training program for teachers in the Iowa City Community School District. We look at surveys to determine what teachers learn from the training, as well as various administrative measures of student achievement and experiences of school.

In simple terms, why does this research matter? This research informs decision makers within the school district of which parts of the training work well and which could use some work. Ultimately, we hope that the research helps the district improve in-school experiences for minority students and decrease racial achievement gaps.
• How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I began working with this project during my junior year, but I began working on other research projects during my second year.

How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Being involved in research has allowed me to explore more deeply and thoroughly the topics I learn about in class.

What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? I hope to go to graduate school to study sociology and education policy, with the eventual goal of working in educational policy research.

Faculty mentor/advisor: Sarah Bruch

Hometown: Dubuque, IA

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