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Meet Our Students - Sandra Goff

Sandra GoffWhat year and semester did you begin EES graduate studies?
Fall 2011

What degree are you pursuing?
Ph.D.

Who are your academic advisors?
Dr. Timothy Waring

What prior degrees do you have?
B.A. in Economics from Colby College
Master’s in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine

Why did you choose to attend grad school at UMaine? Why did you choose EES?
I chose the University of Maine primarily because I wanted to continue to be a part of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative.  The EES doctorate was the closest fit with my interdisciplinary interests.

Briefly describe the research project you are working on.
Right now I am in the middle of (1) writing up the results of a study on group identification and cooperation, (2) setting up an experimental economics lab, (3) putting together an agent-based model exploring the role of group selection in sustainable resource management, and (4) starting a literature review of market norms, the informal economy and sustainability (for my dissertation research).

What have been your favorite classes at UMaine so far?
BIO597 Sexual Selection with Dr. Brian Olsen.

What has been your most rewarding research experience and why? If you are new to UMaine, what are your research goals?
Being a part of a collaborative research lab!

What advice to do you have for prospective graduate students?
Surviving graduate school has everything to do with the people you encounter along the way.  Go where you get a good feeling about the people and everything else will fall into place.

Are you interested in mentoring undergraduates?
Yes!


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