Scholar. Learner. Mentor.

ABOUT SHANE

I am a third-year student at Northwestern majoring in Economics with minors in Spanish, Business and Sociology. My mission in life is to help people, whether that be helping to resolve academic or personal problems. Objective and analytic, I thrive when working in groups. I am pursuing a career where I can merge my business interests with collaborative problem-solving.

EXPERIENCE

Student Consultant, Edwards Lifesciences

April 2020 – June 2020

Advised client regarding the introduction of a new product to the biomedical market

Conducted market research and interviewed potential users to test viability of product

Recommended that client move forward with product, and pivot towards subscription-based model to maximize profit

Compass Peer Mentor, Student Enrichment Services @ NU

June 2020 – Present

Worked with 3-5 first-year students who identify as first-generation and/or lower-income
Assisted mentees as they navigate Northwestern, seek out resources and find community
Facilitated one-on-one meetings, social events and workshops

Undergraduate Mentor, Academic Support and Learning Advancement @ NU

September 2019 – September 2020

Assisted 3-7 undergraduate students with strategies on studying, exam performance and
utilizing Northwestern resources
Received weekly training from faculty and met with mentees weekly

Peer Adviser, New Student and Family Programming @ NU

March 2019 – September 2019

Mentored 15 incoming freshmen at Northwestern.
Provided emotional and academic support for new students, and facilitated True Northwestern Dialogues
Received 60 hours of training and participated in Wildcat Welcome, the orientation program of Northwestern

LEADERSHIP

Secretary, Quest Scholars Network

June 2020 – Present

Prepared agenda for weekly executive board meetings and recorded minutes
Maintained record of all official documents
Edited and updated bylaws and Constitution as necessary

Treasurer, Phi Gamma Delta

December 2019 – Present

Created and managed chapter budget, with monthly reports
Allocated funds to respective chapter committees
Collected member dues and paid chapter expenses

STRENGTHS

Analytical

I search for patterns and connections with in data. I want to understand how certain patterns affect one another. How do they combine? What is their outcome? Does this outcome fit with the theory being offered or the situation being confronted? These are my questions. I peel the layers back until, gradually, the root cause or causes are revealed.

Problem Solving

I love to solve problems. Whereas some are dismayed when they encounter yet another breakdown, I am energized by it. I enjoy the challenge of analyzing the situation, identifying what is wrong, and finding the solution. I am confident that I can solve any problem, whether it be a practical, conceptual, or personal problem.

Teamwork

I thrive when working in groups: I want to include people and make them feel part of the group, and actively avoid groups that exclude others. I seek to expand the group so that as many people as possible can benefit from its support. I want to draw them in so that they can bring different perspectives the group. Regardless of race or sex or nationality or personality or faith, everyone can be included.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Questbridge Scholar

QuestBridge connects the nation’s most exceptional students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities. By recruiting, developing, and motivating these students, QuestBridge aims to help these students attend the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their respective careers and communities.

Brian Posner Fellow

The Posner Research Program gives rising sophomores the opportunity to engage in research projects under the guidance of Northwestern faculty members during the summer after their first year. Research opportunities are available in four areas of study: humanities, social science, natural science, or mathematics. I spent 8 weeks of the summer working full-time on a research project. Read more about my research here

Alice Kaplan Humanities Scholar

The Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program challenges first-year students to formulate sophisticated questions for which there are no simple or empirical answers. An exciting and intensive four-course program for first-year students, dedicated to the idea that the liberal arts form the cornerstone of university education as well as of civic responsibility, the Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program seeks the most active and interrogating minds of each year’s incoming first-year class in Weinberg College.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

“A Continuation of Slavery: An Examination on Coerced Labor in the Caribbean”

August 2019. Advisor: Dr. Sherwin Bryant, Northwestern University

This research project was performed as a Posner Fellow during the summer of 2019. Working with Dr. Sherwin Bryant, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, I examined the various forms of coerced labor in the Caribbean from the sixteenth century onwards, with a focus on Indian Indentured Servitude in Guyana. I argue that Indenture was the successor of slavery because of the instances of kidnap, illegal transportation, unpaid labor and physical abuse on the plantations.

“The Effect of the Golden Ratio on Real Estate Pricing”

March 2016. Advisor: Soonyoung Kwon, NYC Department of Education

To test the relationship between the golden ratio and pricing of real
estate, we examined two data sets, consisting of condos from the
Upper West and Upper East Sides of Manhattan, two of the most
prominent residential areas in the city. The dimensions of the living
and bed rooms of each condo were recorded and a ratio between the
length and width was made. Thereafter, these ratios were compared to
ϕ to examine whether or not similarity to the golden ratio affects
pricing of the condos. The conclusion of this research would be useful
to realtors, in particular, they would be able to accurately price
condominiums based on the dimensions. Additionally, buyers would be
able to identify whether or not an apartment is fairly priced based on
the established relationship.

SKILLS

Languages

Native English speaker

Eight years of studying Spanish (with Spanish minor)

Programs

Economic and Statistic analysis with RStudio and Stata

Certifications

Microsoft Excel 2019 Certification (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy)

Microsoft Excel 2019: Economic Analysis and Data Analytics (Project Management Institute)