Chief Evaluation Office Summer Fellowship Program

The Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) hosts a summer fellowship program for current and recent Ph.D. candidates to gain skills evaluating federal labor policies, protections and programs. CEO Summer Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience, get exposure to the Department of Labor’s agencies, and complete and present a research project on a topic relevant to their dissertation. Fellows work with the Evaluation & Research or Data Analytics teams within the Chief Evaluation Office learning from evaluation experts and supporting with evaluation-building research activities.

In June 2022, CEO announced six 2022 Summer Fellows.

The Evaluation & Research fellows are:

  • Evan Murphy is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Nevada, Reno’s Interdisciplinary Social Psychology program with interests in decision making, policy, and program evaluation research. He is a trained social psychologist with a background in applied research, and he has experience, knowledge, and skills in policy and program evaluation research.
  • Evgenia Kapousouz is a Ph.D. candidate in Survey Methodology at the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Chicago. She is primarily interested in measurement error and cross-cultural analysis. Her dissertation examines social desirability bias as a questionnaire, personality, and cultural trait and whether it is associated with other response styles, i.e., acquiescence and extreme response style.
  • Kendal Lowery is a Ph.D. candidate in the departments of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University, where she is also an NIH T-32 trainee in Social Environments and Population Health. Her research is broadly focused on immigrants, their health, and their integration into the U.S. society. Currently, she is focusing on the intergenerational mobility and well-being of immigrants through observing different indicators of socioeconomic status.

The Data Analytics fellows are:

  • Meifeng Yang is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include labor, demography, education, and public finance. Prior to her Ph.D. program, she worked as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from UC Berkeley.
  • Wenchen Wang is a Ph.D. candidate at Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her experience is diverse: she was a data and policy analyst at the licensing and background studies divisions of the Office of the Inspector General in the Minnesota Department of Human Services; she worked with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis to evaluate the economic effects of Humphrey-Hawkins Act, and she used to be a professional interpreter for a local government in China. At present, Wenchen’s research focus is on labor economics, to be more specific, how occupational licensing affects the labor market outcomes including wages, hours worked as well as employment.
  • Xue Wu is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Economics University at Albany, SUNY with an interest in health economics, industrial organization, development economics, and applied econometrics. The majority of her current research applies PSM-DID experiments to estimate the effect of losing access to hospital-based obstetric care in rural U.S. and the magnitudes of policy-relevant factors affecting rural mothers’ health outcomes.

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