Gyasi had been a student at Florida State University where he had majored in Psychology. His major interest lies in assessing and enhancing studentsí academic achievement. Ultimately he would like to create and direct an innovative after school tutoring program. Gyasi feels that one of the major strengths of Project L/EARN is the internsí ability to choose to a large extent the topic that they will spend the summer researching. Through Project L/EARN he has gained an appreciation for theoretical research and its role in advising program development and assessment as well as other applied research agendas.
Gyasi had enjoyed working with his mentor, Dr. Dorothy Gaboda. He found it very motivating to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor. As Dr. Gaboda is the Associate Director for Data Analysis at the Center for State Health Policy, they share an appreciation for applied research.
Gyasi acquired many skills the summer of his internship -- from effective article abstraction and development of a literature review to hands on work in the computer lab analyzing data and interpreting ANOVAs and regression models. He found his attainment of improved analytical skills and experience with formal research presentations invaluable. He especially enjoyed attending the research conference in Washington, D.C.