Wells named ISSR scholar

Ryan Wells, education policy, research and administration, was named one of seven 2016-2017 Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholars. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research. One of its goals, served by the scholars program, is to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulate high-quality scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration. Wells' research focuses on college access and success for underrepresented students. As an ISSR Scholar, he will develop a proposal for funding that examines how space and geography influence individuals' opportunities, choices, and decisions to access and complete sub-baccalaureate education at community colleges.

ISSR Scholars participate in a year-long seminar with mentors, Naomi Gerstel, PhD (Sociology) and Mary Fechner, PhD (Office of Resource Development), to help each scholar develop a strong research grant proposal. This year's ISSR Scholars will develop new research that has the potential to shape social theory and policy.


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