My research project with Dr. Russ Cook this semester began with a challenge—having to change the nature of my research project. I had planned to explore the elements of Georgia’s plan to meet federal Every Student Succeeds Act educational standards. ESSA promulgates federal education standards and replaces No Child Left Behind requirements.
My research project through the Vinson Fellows program this semester is concerned with fund balances, or equity in government funds, in Georgia’s cities. Specifically, I studied the amount carried in these balances in reference to the cities’ written policies, an established benchmark, and other financial data collected over multiple fiscal years.
I have greatly enjoyed my semester as a Vinson Fellow, especially working with my faculty mentor, Dr. Rusty Brooks.
My Vinson Fellowship with the Institute of Government’s International Center offers an incredible opportunity to learn about the Center’s global instructional and exchange programs. I am excited for the opportunity to be involved with the Center this semester and to develop skills I learned through UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.