James Madison University

Graduate Student Earns Internship

During this past summer, Matthew Swain, a doctoral student in Assessment and Measurement at James Madison University, served as an intern in the Louisville, Kentucky office of the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). Matt was selected from 40 outstanding graduate students who applied for the internship. These young scholars represented a wide variety of institutions with some of the strongest academic programs in the country. The internship was fully paid and lasted three months.

Matt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Liberty University, and a Master of Arts degree in Quantitative Psychology from James Madison University. Recently, he wrapped up his second year in a James Madison PhD program, with a concentration in Assessment and Measurement. Matt also has attended several professional workshops on longitudinal modeling, diagnostic measurement, and novel approaches to validation, conducted by the American Educational Research Association. 

At JMU, Matt assisted in the preparation of a successful grant application to the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences), and subsequently worked on a project, titled, "Enhancing Effectiveness and Connectedness among Early Career Teachers in Urban Schools." He has made several presentations at professional conferences such as the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Northeastern Educational Research Association, and the Virginia Assessment Group. Matt also has a journal article on assessing implementation fidelity in press. When not studying for class, Matt enjoys hiking, road biking, cooking, and watching movies. 

HumRRO conducts research and analysis for a wide range of federal and state agencies, the military, corporate firms, professional associations, and educational institutions. HumRRO's mission is to develop and apply state-of-the-art science and technology to improve the performance of individuals and teams within public and private sector organizations, secondary schools, and colleges and universities. HumRRO has just more than 100 scientists, the majority of whom have advanced degrees in disciplines such as I-O Psychology, Cognitive and Mathematical Psychology, Educational Measurement and Assessment, Statistics, Operations Research, and Computer Science. With its corporate headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, HumRRO also has offices in Monterey, California; Louisville, Kentucky; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.