WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND CHICAGO BOOTH?
The main reason was Booth’s approach to doctoral training:
it seemed to be a perfect combination of structure and
independence. I enjoyed having the freedom to set my own
research agenda with the guidance and support of faculty
members. I enjoyed having the opportunity to discuss
research with as many faculty members as I wanted.
WHAT KIND OF INTERACTION DID YOU HAVE WITH THE FACULTY?
Faculty are very receptive to students’ ideas. They are
excellent at letting students take the lead on their own
projects, while somehow providing an optimal amount
of guidance. The faculty were always available to provide
extremely thoughtful feedback. It was not always what you
wanted to hear, but it was almost always what you needed
to hear. I think this approach was the best way to learn
about the research process. I am grateful to have had this
training and mentoring, and I hope to be able to replicate
this approach with my own students at some point in the
next several years.
WHAT WAS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A STUDENT HERE?
The access to world-class minds—and resources.
WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE PROGRAM FOR YOU?
Balancing between research and coursework from year
one can be challenging, but it is a critical skill for doctoral
students to acquire to prepare for our academic careers, in
which we are constantly balancing between research and
WHAT IMPACT DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR RESEARCH WILL HAVE?
I hope my research will provide a better understanding
of the types of factors that motivate people to adhere to
various types of goals and standards. I am interested in
how people’s motivation to maintain a positive image of
themselves influences their behavior. In particular, my
work identifies specific factors that make people see their
actions as representative of who they are, which in turn
encourages them to “do the right thing,” however they
might define it.
HAVE YOU PUBLISHED? WHAT OFFERS DID YOU GET?
Yes, I have published in the
Journal of Experimental
Journal of Consumer
. I am thrilled to report that I have accepted
an offer from Northwestern University Kellogg School of
Management. It was hard to leave Booth, but I am looking
forward this next stage and I feel my time at Booth has
given me many of the tools I need.
WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS UNIQUE ABOUT BOOTH? OR CAN YOU DESCRIBE AN
EXPERIENCE THAT WAS UNIQUE TO BOOTH?
One of the things I like the most about this place is that
it is a very supportive environment, in the sense that
faculty and students are more than willing to give their
time and help. You will get very thoughtful—and real
straightforward—feedback from day one. And for me, that
is the best way to learn how to think about research.
MAFERIMA TOURÉ-TILLERY, PhD ’13
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