2009 Fellows

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Lauren Applebaum

Lauren is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Lauren received her doctoral degree from the Department of Psychology in 2014.  Her research interests include studying spatial reasoning in school age children, specifically using spatial cues to promote learning through comparison, and the role of early language input on later academic outcomes. Lauren has used her research to develop middle school science lessons using a web-based inquiry science environment. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and has an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.


Ian Fillmore

Ian is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, MI.  He will be an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis beginning in the fall of 2016. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Economics in 2015 and was the recipient of the Henry Morganthau, Jr. Dissertation Fellowship award. Ian’s research interests include price discrimination and public policy in the US college market, the impact of time between cognitive tasks on performance, using evidence from Advanced Placement Exams, and measuring the long run trends in higher education. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.


Tae Yeun Kim

Tae Yeun is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Asian American Families (ML-SAAF) Project. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Social Service Administration in 2015. Tae Yeun’s research expands the types of diversity explored in studies linked to children and family, school social work, and immigration by focusing on ethnic minority/immigrant adolescents and families, and on youth developmental outcomes (i.e., school, mental health, problem behaviors). She focuses on diverse Asian subgroups in particular.  She received her undergraduate degree from Seoul National University and earned an AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.


Nicole Williams Beechum

Nicole is a doctoral student in the School of Social Service Administration. Her research interests include the impact of teacher-student relationships on academic outcomes for low-income African-American adolescent males, including academic engagement for African-American boys in the transition to high school. Nicole received her undergraduate degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles and an AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Prior to her doctoral studies, Nicole worked for Umoja Student Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that partners with several high schools in Chicago to build school culture and capacity. At Umoja, Nicole served as a Program Development Specialist working to build a college-going culture in a local charter school.