10/25/17 - Cassandra Pattanayak (Wellesley) presents "Effects of Mentors and Advisors on Major Choice: A Naturally Re-Randomized Experiment and a Subclassified Observational Study"

Presentation Date: 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Location: 

CGIS Knafel K354

Cassandra Pattanayak (Wellesley) presents "Effects of Mentors and Advisors on Major Choice: A Naturally Re-Randomized Experiment and a Subclassified Observational Study"

 

We examine the effects of a peer mentor’s major and faculty advisor’s department on a student’s choice of major at a liberal arts women’s college. In particular, we study whether assignment to a peer mentor or faculty advisor from STEM v. non-STEM fields during the first year of college influences students’ choice to major in STEM v. non-STEM. Our approach to the mentoring component illustrates a novel application of rerandomization techniques to a natural experiment. The advising component is an observational study designed for causal inference via subclassification. Students’ STEM v. non-STEM choices did not appear to be affected by the STEM status of first year peer mentors or faculty advisors at this college.

 

Joint work with Kelly Kung (BU).

 

See also: All videos, 2017

 

See also: 2017