Behavioral and Social Sciences


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Wednesday, April 21st
8:50 AM

How Diversity Affects Stability: A Look at relations Between People and Its impact on The stability of Nations

Matthew Dinwiddie '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

A multitude of literature states that conflicts and disagreements over the utilization of resources primarily occur in areas where various cultures and ethnicities collide. To see whether or not a country’s diversity directly affects its stability, three things needed to be found: The country’s ethnic diversity, the country’s cultural diversity (which includes linguistic diversity), and the country’s stability. Three data ... Read More

The Effects of Sex Education and Abortion Access on Teen Birth and Pregnancy

Natalie E. Hulseberg '22, Illinois Math and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

Teen pregnancy and birth is a widespread issue that deeply affects young girls during the most vital stages of development. It can lead to dropping out of high school – a major drawback in the United States today – and impoverishment. Fortunately, there are measures that can be taken to equip students with knowledge to avoid situations of teen pregnancy ... Read More

Use of Data Analytics to Spot Educational Discrimination – A Focus on Standardized Testing and Selective Enrollment Schools

Paola Padilla '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

8:50 AM - 9:05 AM

We utilized data analytics to investigate potential inequitable practices and policies within the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system that may negatively affect underrepresented and disadvantaged students. We analyzed large datasets to determine if CPS policies and practices contribute to low standardized testing performance across different schools in the district. We focused on factors that contribute to school rankings, standardized testing, ... Read More

9:10 AM

Influence of Felon Reenfranchisement on Party Success in State Elections

Isabella Foes '21, Dr. Joseph T. Golab; Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

While America’s 2020 General Election brought public scrutiny to voting rights, felon disenfranchisement remains virtually unchanged. With disparities in state priorities and political affiliations, different regions of the country

are in varying stages of enfranchising felons and face varying hindrances (ACLU 2020).

This study examines political motive of politicians rushing to reenfranchise. The scope was defined as the five elections ... Read More

The Correlation Between Socioeconomic and Environmental Factors on Life Expectancy

Kaylee Zhou '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Awareness about the disparity between living in urban versus rural areas is essential when considering the parameters that influence one's longevity. There are many factors that can impact an individuals' health, such as proximity to services, access to nature, occupation opportunities, and more. It is important to understand how living in areas classified as urban, suburban, and rural can offer ... Read More

The Relationship Between COVID-19 Death Rates and Socioeconomic Status

Akash Basavaraju '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

Since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, many have wondered if COVID-19 disproportionately affects minorities and low-income individuals. Studies have shown that minorities, especially Black and Latino, and low-income groups do in fact have higher COVID-19 transmission rates compared to White Americans. However, not much research has been conducted regarding the relationship between COVID-19 death rates and income ... Read More

The role of race, socioeconomic status, and Affirmative Action in college

Temi Ijisesan '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

My SIR project is concentrated on the effectiveness of Affirmative Action in College Enrollment and how it disproportionally disadvantages certain socioeconomic demographics in the U.S. It addresses the history of Affirmative Action and its role in the College Admissions process. This includes a chronological overview of major cases such as Brown vs. Board of Education to Fisher v. University of ... Read More

Use of Data Analytics to Spot Educational Discrimination – Part II -A Focus on The Effect of Discipline on Test Scores

Disha Dureja '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:10 AM - 9:25 AM

We used data analytics to find potential inequities within Chicago Public Schools (CPS) policies that negatively affect marginalized groups. Currently, there is inequity with the CPS system: there is a lack of educational opportunities for students of color and students of lower socioeconomic status. There is also an issue of heavy police involvement in schools through school resource officers (SROs). ... Read More

9:30 AM

An econometric analysis of suburban park access in the United States

Patrick Hultquist '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

This project examines the correlation between economic income and park availability for suburban areas of the United States. As economic differences become more drastic, the effects of income on lives becomes increasingly important, especially for less considered, but still important and appreciated aspects of life, like park accessibility. To do this, this project uses the R programming language, data gathered ... Read More

Investigation of Student Inquiry and Research through Media

Francesca D. Dumitrescu '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

At the Illinois Math and Science Academy, almost everyone is familiar with the Student Inquiry and Research program (SIR). This program allows students to communicate with mentors and conduct research on topics ranging from neuroscience to psychology. However, this program had to go through many changes, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in distance learning for the 2020-2021 academic ... Read More

Racial, Gender, and Socioeconomic Diversity as Factors of Academic Success In Post-Secondary Institutions

Eunice Kim '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

This paper recapitulates a project that investigates racial, gender, and socioeconomic diversity as factors of academic success in the largest 4-year colleges in each state. By doing so, the project strives to change public perceptions about the role that diversity plays in college admissions. If direct correlations are found, the resulting inferences could have great influence over the future of ... Read More

The Effect of Accessibility to Education during COVID-19 on Student Success

Natali Chung '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

This study seeks to find if there is a correlation between accessibility to education during the COVID-19 pandemic and student academic success. As COVID-19 continues to reach across the nation, causing many school districts to turn to distance learning. It is crucial that educational systems understand how the variability of access to quality education while at home can affect students ... Read More

Use of Data Analytics to Spot Educational Discrimination – Part III - A Focus on Demographics and COVID-19 Data

Oliver Ni '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the nation’s third largest school district and serves over 350,000 students within the city limits of Chicago. Yet, CPS draws scrutiny over its treatment of marginalized minority students as well as vast discrepancies in overall school performances. In order to spot potential inequities within the CPS system, we performed statistical analyses on publicly-available data and ... Read More

10:05 AM

An Alternative Approach to Educational Neuroscience and Investigative Neurology

Jayavignesh Ganesan '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Niyati Kapadia '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Pranav Manoj '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

This paper aims to present a comprehensive view of the widely acknowledged correspondence between educational neuroscience and investigative neurology, introducing a systematic study by which the unanswered questions of its contemporary research may be thoroughly explored. Researchers strive to identify the biological structures that underlie classical cognition, and to, in a novel fashion, develop an efficient methodology and practice by ... Read More

Correlation Study of Basic Psychological Need Support and Self Efficacy on Student Performance in College

Samuel Lee '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

Self-determination theory (SDT) is a mega-theory about motivation. Basic Psychological Need Theory (BPNT), a sub-theory of SDT, claims that motivation is fostered when all three basic psychological needs - autonomy, competence, and relatedness - are satisfied. Need-Based Teaching is a theory that aims to furnish these needs by producing autonomy support, structure, and involvement. Furthermore, self-efficacy is defined as the ... Read More

How Does Access to Public Transit Affect Quality of Life

Luke Davis '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

The goals of my project have been to find the value of public transportation as it relates to quality of life. Public transit is an expensive piece of many cities, and the people who pay for it are the taxpayers, using income. I am hoping to see my data as clear visual representations of this relation. My data and the ... Read More

The Effect of Household Income on the Outcome of Gubernatorial Elections in the Midwest

Peter Leahy '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

There are a variety of internal and external factors that can possibly affect the decision a voter makes on Election Day. The purpose of this research is to identify if there is a correlation between household income (among other variables) and gubernatorial elections in the Midwest, which could be useful for evaluating potential outcomes of an election in a given ... Read More

10:25 AM

COVID-19 And Global Freedom

Bhargav Sampathkumaran '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

The aim of this study is to answer the following question as thoroughly as possible: how has the COVID-19 pandemic effected the global standing of both personal and political freedom? To do this, the study uses the Freedom in the World Index (FIW) scores for 2020 and the trends that the new scores show compared to previous years. The FIW ... Read More

Influence of Foreign-Language Speakers on Party Success in Presidential Elections

Caroline Hall '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Many factors contribute to the success of presidential candidates. Variations in racial diversity, immigrant demographics, and financial status have all been found to play a role in how any given community decides to cast their ballots. However, one factor that continues to be overlooked is the population of foreign-language speakers within a region. This study aims to find if that ... Read More

The Impact of Women on Annual Household Income per County

Cor Sirais '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Shivani Venkatraman '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM

In the United States, gender roles have always played a large part in economic growth. However, to what extent do they still affect the modern world, and how does it affect financial wellbeing? This project will explore if there is a correlation between the ratio of women to men and average annual income on a county-level, and examine possible trends ... Read More

10:45 AM

Alteration of the Linguistic Educational System for Korean Immigrant Students in the United States

Minju Oh '22, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Korean immigrant students frequently face a prejudiced education system, as they are learning English. Many pedagogical researchers claim that non-native accents are understood as less accurate, and their stigmatized dialects are often misunderstood, misheard, and mistranscribed. When students transition into their new school, classmates, teachers, and a new language, they may face a segregated and un-equitable education system that lacks ... Read More

Analysis of Homelessness in U.S. Cities as a Result of Policy Choices

Ben Weber '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

10:45 AM - 11:05 AM

Cities across the United States face severe challenges in housing all of their residents. Hundreds of thousands of people face homelessness throughout the US. It is well known and understood that there are four main contributing factors to homelessness: lack of affordable housing, unemployment, poverty, and mental illness and substance abuse. While these causes are well known, solutions vary wildly ... Read More

11:55 AM

Forming Diverse Teams Based on Members’ Social Networks: A Genetic Algorithm Approach

Archan Das '21, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM

Previous research shows that diverse teams in background and skills can outperform homogeneous teams. However, people often prefer to work with others who are similar and familiar and fail to assemble teams with high diversity levels. We propose a team formation algorithm that suggests diverse teams based on individuals’ social networks, allowing them to keep high familiarity levels. Our novel ... Read More