For her senior thesis, economics major and Honors Fellow Celia Rose Eddy ’13 examined the effects of year-round schooling on student achievement.
Eddy did her research in Wake County, which has the largest school system in North Carolina. Wake County Schools enacted a policy in 2008 that changed dozens of primary schools to a multi-track, year-round calendar in response to budget cuts and an increasing student population.
Over the course of three semesters, Eddy worked with her mentor, Assistant Professor of Economics Katy Rouse, who had previously studied year-round schooling in Wake County. Eddy built upon Rouse’s research, which looked at the differences in achievement between traditional and year-round student populations.
“I was able to add a time-dependent variable that Dr. Rouse had been unable to examine due to her study’s limited number of years of data available,” Eddy says.
Eddy developed and disseminated surveys, compiled a dataset from multiple publicly available sources and performed regression analyses. Rouse helped her with the programming code and provided general guidance.
Eddy presented her research at the Issues in Political Economy conference and Elon’s Student Undergraduate Research Forum. She says the experience helped prepare her for graduate school. She is pursuing a master’s degree in statistics at Virginia Tech.
“Being able to add undergraduate, faculty-aided research to my resume was something that helped set my academic record apart from others,” she says. “The practical knowledge of statistics and regression analysis I gained during this process helped me secure a graduate assistantship.”
During her college career, Eddy was a middle blocker on Elon’s volleyball team, earned Southern Conference Academic All-Conference honors and held memberships in the honor societies Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Epsilon.