Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Kate Vasiloff ventured north to attend the University of Virginia where she double majored in English Language and Literature and Religious Studies. After graduation, Kate moved to Washington D.C. to pursue a career in political consulting. After a few years in political communications, Kate realized her favorite part of writing talking points for candidates and elected officials was conducting the preliminary public opinion research. Shifting from communications to primary research, Kate secured a position as a Research Analyst at a boutique political research firm. There she learned to conduct qualitative and quantitative research for a variety of progressive non-profit clients. Since, Kate has moved away from politics and now works as a Research Manager conducting market research for the travel industry.
Attracted to UConn’s online GPSR program, Kate is halfway through her pursuit of a Master’s degree in Survey Methodology. As personal and professional responsibilities often get in the way of best laid plans, Kate was particularly drawn to the asynchronous nature of the program. She is currently taking the well-timed Political Polling course and is anxious to see how the public perception of each candidate ebbs and flows as November draws nearer.
Kate has a love/hate relationship with running, which allows her to enjoy her greater passion of exploring Virginia’s many craft breweries and wineries. She also is an ardent, albeit embarrassed, follower of the Minnesota Vikings. She is hopeful securing a Master’s degree in her field of study will open new professional doors and implores students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree of any type to first spend time within their chosen field before diving into academia.