Graduate Certificate in Survey Research, 2015
Social Science Research Analyst, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General
Malaena Taylor completed the Graduate Certificate in Survey Research in 2015 and a PhD in Sociology in 2017. She is currently working as Social Science Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General
While at UConn, Malaena had the great fortune to work at the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research for several years before it moved to Cornell. There, she archived thousands of surveys and wrote data briefs analyzing their results. She now lives in Boston, where she does mixed-methods research–including designing and fielding large-scale surveys to root out fraud and waste in federal programs. Her degree in Survey Research prepared her with the knowledge of how to write good survey questions and how to manage surveys in the field.
Malaena’s advice for current students is to get involved with AAPOR! Membership is incredibly low for students, and they offer opportunities for scholarships to attend their annual conference. Of all the conferences she attended during her years as a graduate student, AAPOR was by far her favorite. She learned a lot and met some very great people. She also says to make the best of the networking opportunities available by getting involved with the New England Chapter of AAPOR (NEAAPOR). Membership is free for students. Volunteer to be a member of the NEAAPOR Executive Council to make strong connections and add a boost to your c.v.