Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I initially decided to pursue a master’s degree with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI because I was able to do so in an accelerated format, thus allowing me to save both time and money in the long-run. However, the further I get into my graduate studies, the happier I am that I chose to continue my education at IUPUI. From the faculty at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to the various internships and career opportunities within the City of Indianapolis, IUPUI has and continues to provide me with the skills and resources necessary to succeed in my professional pursuits.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishments since you’ve been here?
Now that I have been at IUPUI for five years, I have worked on several exciting research projects and have participated in a variety of professional experiences. However, I think my favorite accomplishments include receiving the 2016 IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research and being named a 2017 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellow.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Indianapolis is a vibrant city that has something for everyone. From exploring new restaurants to attending a sporting event or concert, there is always something to do. This city also has a variety of career options. For me, the close proximity to state government has made finding internships and jobs much easier.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
I currently work as a research assistant for my mentor, Dr. Abdul-Akeem Sadiq. As a research assistant, I have been fortunate to co-author a number of papers on the topics organizational disaster preparedness and public risk perceptions. I also currently work as a Training Program Coordinator with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. In this role, I maintain responsibility over our Professional Emergency Manager Program, a training program that certifies public safety professionals in the State of Indiana. Prior to these positions, I completed an internship with Hamilton County’s Public Health Department, the Indiana State Fair Commission’s Safety and Security Department, and Hamilton County’s Emergency Management Agency.