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Student Profile: Kitty Moraes Uses Data Science to Deepen Her Sociology Research

August 12th, 2019

Moraes graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and the Undergraduate Certificate in Statistics and Machine Learning (SML), awarded by the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning (CSML).

For her independent project for the SML certificate - which was also her senior thesis, Moraes looked at the impact of bilingual education programs on the intergenerational transmission of educational attainment. Basically, Moraes explained, she was trying to ascertain whether there was a difference in a student’s educational trajectory compared to their parents depending on whether or not the student took part in a bilingual education program. 

Her research didn’t focus on any particular ethnicity, and the data set she used was taken from the 1997 edition of the federally-funded National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. The survey looked at men and women born between 1980 and 1984.

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