Student NameEmily Case
Faculty Mentor NamePerihan Saygin
CollegeLiberal Arts and Sciences
MajorEconomics and Mathematics
Research InterestsI have research interests in labor economics, behavioral economics, and educational economics.
Academic AwardsDean's List Fall 2016 - present; Anderson Scholar
OrganizationsPresident of Active Minds at Florida
Hobbies and InterestsYoga, playing electric bass and violin, reading, and taking care of an abundance of plants.

Research Project

Role Model Effects of Professors on Student Choices and Expectations

I aim to examine one factor that may explain the gender gap in education: role-model effects of professors on undergraduate students’ expectations about their futures in the graduate school or the labor force. In the world of education, role-model effects typically involve a teacher, professor, or mentor (the role model), and students (those who benefit from the role model). I hypothesize that faculty role models will be positively associated with more positive expectations about students’ own futures after their undergraduate education for students interested in pursuing graduate school or academia—one way in which role models may have long-run effects. For students interested in immediately entering the labor force of their chosen field, I predict a much smaller role-model effect.