UMSI PhD candidate receives Rackham fellowship

UMSI PhD candidate Carrie Wenjing Xu has been chosen to receive a 2016 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship.

Carrie Xu

The fellowship provides support for outstanding doctoral students working on dissertations, especially those that are particularly ambitious, creative or risk-taking. Recipients receive a $32,000 stipend in addition to tuition, fees and insurance benefits. Rackham received 240 applications this year, and Xu was one of 72 students chosen for the honor.

Xu’s dissertation, “Three Essays on Peer Effects in College STEM Education,” is an extension of her interest in social networks and social influence. As the first doctoral student to be enrolled in both UMSI and the Department of Economics, she combines both fields in her work to understand how people make decisions. UMSI assistant professor Erin Krupka supervises her project.

With UMSI professor Tanya Rosenblat, Xu recently received a grant from U-M’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching and the Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education to investigate the relationship between motivational messages, peer influence and study group attendance.

Read a profile of Xu here.

Posted on March 7, 2016