2009 Fellows

Lauren Applebaum

Lauren is a Senior Evaluator at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. In this position, Lauren measures the impact of exhibits and educational programs run by the museum, helping to design future museum initiatives and programs. More broadly, Lauren’s research interests include studying spatial reasoning in school age children, specifically using spatial cues to promote learning through comparison, and the role of early language input on later academic outcomes. Previously, Lauren was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Lauren received her doctoral degree from the Department of Psychology in 2014. She received her undergraduate degree from Tufts.

Ian Fillmore

Ian Fillmore is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, MI. Ian’s research interests include price discrimination and public policy in the US college market, the impact of time between cognitive tasks on performance, using evidence from Advanced Placement Exams, and measuring the long run trends in higher education.  He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Economics in 2015 and was the recipient of the Henry Morganthau, Jr. Dissertation Fellowship award. IHe received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.

Tae Yeun Kim

Tae Yeun is a Postdoctoral Scholar with the School of Social Service Administration’s Midwest Longitudinal Study of Asian American Families (ML-SAAF) Project. She received her doctoral degree from the School of Social Service Administration in 2015. Tae Yeun’s research expands the types of diversity explored in studies linked to children and family, school social work, and immigration by focusing on ethnic minority/immigrant adolescents and families, and on youth developmental outcomes (i.e., school, mental health, problem behaviors). She focuses on diverse Asian subgroups in particular.  She received her undergraduate degree from Seoul National University and earned an AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Nicole Williams Beechum

Nicole is a Senior Research Analyst at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her research interests include the transition to high school and postsecondary opportunities, teacher-student relationships, and how noncognitive factors contribute to student success. Nicole has worked on various research projects for the Postsecondary Transition Project at UChicago Consortium, including research examining the effects of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in neighborhood schools in Chicago, understanding college match among CPS graduates, designing a teacher learning network to implement noncognitive practices in eighth- and ninth-grade classrooms, and tracking the rise in on-track among freshmen in Chicago Public Schools. Nicole received her undergraduate degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College in Los Angeles and an AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Prior to her doctoral studies, Nicole worked for Umoja Student Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that partners with several high schools in Chicago to build school culture and capacity. At Umoja, Nicole served as a Program Development Specialist working to build a college-going culture in a local charter school.