HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE COMMUNITY AT CHICAGO BOOTH?
The best part about the Booth community is its diversity,
both intellectual and cultural. Students bring a variety of
perspectives not just from their diverse fields of research,
but also from their life histories. Booth is unique because
students attend from all over the world. In my cohort
alone, the represented nationalities include Israeli,
Brazilian, Italian, Chinese, and German. This means
that our social events tend to be culturally diverse; for
instance, we might get brunch at a dim sum restaurant in
Chinatown, or have Passover dinner together.
COULD YOU TALK ABOUT GROUP WORK
AND INTERDISCIPLINARY OPPORTUNITIES?
I’m a student in the Joint Program in Business and
Psychology so I am lucky to take part in research
endeavors at both the business school and the psychology
department. There are other joint programs at Booth that
capitalize on interdisciplinary opportunities, such as the
Joint Program in Financial Economics. Students have some
extra classes to take, but there are worthwhile benefits
because they can work with more faculty and gain greater
breadth of knowledge.
CAN YOU GIVE SOME INSIGHT
INTO YOUR EXPERIENCE DOING RESEARCH AT BOOTH?
I began conducting research as soon as I arrived at Booth
in my first year. In psychology, the research model is to
start running research early, parallel with your course work,
to ultimately produce more papers prior to graduation. I
was a National Science Foundation scholar, so I had some
idea of what I wanted to study based on my proposal for
that grant. I worked with several professors in the business
school and in the psychology department. Eventually, I
narrowed my research interests. I’ve presented at over a
dozen conferences, international and local, written chapters
with my advisor, and have a few empirical papers currently
WHAT HAS BEEN THE VALUE OF HAVING THE LARGER
UNIVERSITY AS A RESOURCE?
For me, access to the larger university has been
invaluable. I pieced together my statistical knowledge by
taking classes in the statistics department, the business
school, the psychology department, and the sociology
department. A common statistical method that we use is
hierarchical linear modeling, which is really only taught
in the sociology department. The University of Chicago
has the best professors teaching this method, many of
whom were involved in the actual creation of hierarchical
modeling from the 1970s. Additionally, I have access to the
psychology department’s neuro-physio equipment, such
as functional magnetic resonance imaging, eye tracking
monitors, and more, plus access to seminars on how to use
HOW IS BOOTH PREPARING YOU FOR YOUR LONGER TERM CAREER GOALS?
My long-term career goal is to become a professor. Booth
is preparing me for this goal on three levels. First, the
knowledge base that I’ve developed at Booth is extensive.
After two years of classes, I took a month long examination
which involved a sit-down test, take-home papers, and an
oral exam. I doubt I would have been able to pass such a
rigorous test without the available course offerings. Second,
I meet with faculty at least three times a week, and I am
getting constant feedback from them on how to improve
my research, which is critical for a successful academic
career. Third, I’ve been able to present widely at different
venues across the university, from lay audiences at MBA
conferences, to academics within my field and outside of
my field at Booth seminars and brown bags.
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