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Bui, is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University, and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. For her doctoral studies, Bui plans to examine how culture and neighborhoods can impact at-risk teenagers.
Bui’s proposal included following local Mexican-American students who are enrolling at ASU. Because Mexican-American teenagers in general can have low graduation rates from high school, the ASU students in the study would be considered high-achieving. Bui plans to investigate the influence of culture and neighborhood on academic success.
She plans to collect standard measures, such as census data and grade point averages, and detailed information about the students’ neighborhoods. Bui will interview students to find out if their neighborhood was an environment that encouraged academic engagement or helped them feel safe. She plans to find out if the neighborhood supports extra-curricular activities by residents having easy access to libraries or parks. She also plans to find out if the students feel safe and connected to their neighbors if they live in an area with graffiti and violence.