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The Ramos Research Institute Welcomes Six Talented Summer Interns


The Ramos Research Institute Welcomes Six Talented Summer Interns

ITHACA, NEW YORK – June 3, 2024 – The Ramos Research Institute (RRI) is excited to announce the onboarding of six exceptional summer interns for the 2024 session. This new cohort of research assistants brings a diverse array of skills and academic backgrounds, further enhancing the institute's mission to produce high-impact research and foster the next generation of public policy leaders.

Chris Ford, a fourth-year undergraduate from the University of Washington, Seattle, majors in Latin American International Studies. Chris has a profound interest in geography, socio-political landscapes, and the role of sports in uniting diverse populations. His experience includes working in a California congressional office and on a movie set in the Dominican Republic.

Josephine Hall, a rising senior at San Diego State University, is majoring in International Security and Conflict Resolution. She has a rich background in democratic practices and authoritarian trends, developed through her study abroad program in Europe. Josephine is actively involved in various organizations and is passionate about international relations and volunteer work.

Shannon Rao, a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, is majoring in Political Science. Shannon is committed to understanding government systems and public policies. She has contributed significantly to educational accessibility through her work with WeGlimmer, and she brings a strong research background and a passion for combating educational inequality.

Arista Siebrits, an accomplished scholar from Rutgers University, has a background in Russian and Political Science. Arista is pursuing a master's degree at Texas A&M's Bush School of Government and Public Service, focusing on International Affairs. Her research includes the operations of the Wagner Group and multivector diplomacy in Africa. She has collaborated on projects with Yale University and the Institute for the Study of War.

Ella Sullivan, a senior at the University of Maryland College Park, double-majors in Political Science and Economics. With experience in volunteer work and a passion for languages, Ella has studied abroad in Italy and has a keen interest in digital content creation. She aims to contribute to RRI's projects in both research and public relations.

Ha Tran, a junior at Michigan State University, is pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy. Ha's research experience in social cognition and data analysis, combined with her leadership and volunteer activities, make her a valuable addition to the team. As an international student from Vietnam, she brings unique perspectives on cross-cultural socioeconomic issues.

These talented individuals will join RRI for the summer, working on various research projects and contributing to the institute's ongoing efforts to advance public policy and education.

"We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic group of interns," said Alejandro J. Ramos, Executive Director of RRI. "Their diverse backgrounds and expertise will undoubtedly enrich our research and initiatives. We look forward to their contributions and to supporting their professional growth."

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About Ramos Research Institute (RRI):

The Ramos Research Institute (RRI) is an emerging research institution dedicated to original research, polling, and policy analysis aimed at addressing today's most complex societal challenges. Founded by Alejandro J. Ramos, RRI is committed to providing innovative solutions and insights in critical research areas. RRI conducts research in state and local government, environmental policy, education policies and initiatives, and the voting behaviors of minorities, with a focus on rigorous, relevant, and impactful research.



Nafisa Ruponty

Director of Public Relations

Ramos Research Institute

Ithaca, New York 14853



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