SOU Student Earns Prestigious Research Internship

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(Ashland, Ore.) —Michael Menefee, a student at Southern Oregon University and member of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, has been selected for a prestigious summer research internship at Harvard University.

Participation in the 2015 Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program provides Michael with the chance to work and study alongside Harvard faculty and graduate students and enjoy firsthand access to the resources of Harvard University while living on campus.

The Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard program is available to currently enrolled undergraduates who are considering pursuing a PhD in the humanities, social sciences or life or physical sciences. At SOU, Michael is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in sociology with a minor is statistics. He has worked closely with SOU faculty to develop his skills in quantitative data analysis and his knowledge about the relationship between mass incarceration and social inequality.

At the Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program, Michael will be working with Harvard Professor Devah Pager, who has completed extensive research and publication on the topics of mass incarceration and labor markets.

“This is an outstanding opportunity for me to further my education, improve my research skills, and learn from one of the world’s foremost experts on mass incarceration,” Michael said.

Michael is on track to graduate with honors from SOU in June 2016. The Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program includes funding for all course-related expenses, food allowance, housing, travel to and from the program, and a living stipend. The program runs June 8 through Aug. 16.

Michael’s full profile is available online at http://www.sou.edu/mcnair/scholars/michaelmenefee.html.

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