As of Fall 2016, the PhD Excellence Initiative, with generous support from the Sloan Foundation, is pleased to welcome its third research fellow, Brandy Edmondson. Brandy joins the Initiative from Spelman College, where she graduated in May 2016 with a B.A. in Economics. As an undergraduate, Brandy spent time as a research assistant, mentor, and peer tutor in economics. She also served as president of Spelman’s chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Brandy has held internships with The City of Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, the Spelman Endowment Office, and Columbia Business School. She is an active member of Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honors Society in Economics and Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Q & A with Brandy Edmondson
I chose to join the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative because I want to be a knowledge producer and a difference maker for disadvantaged communities, and I believe that economic research is the key to helping those in need. The Ph.D. Excellence Initiative will assist me to become a more experienced and well-rounded researcher. Specifically, I am excited to improve my math and computer programming skills while applying them to the research I am completing. I am certain that at the completion of my time in the program, I will have the skills needed to fulfill my dreams of earning a Ph.D. in Economics and using my research to help others.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa Harris-Perry
1984 by George Orwell
Quoted & Quotable
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
Brandy Recommends: Traveling
While in the Dominican Republic I had the opportunity to experience firsthand a cultural climate much different than that of the United States. I found that for my host family, happiness and family were much more important than personal gain. My time in the Dominican Republic made me rethink my way of life and venture to stress less and enjoy life with those I care for.
About the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative
In 2014, the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative welcomed its first participants under the generous funding of the Sloan Foundation. In July 2014, the first Ph.D. Excellence Summer Workshop united the wider Peer Network and provided a forum for sharing research, methodology, and support. Interested in Applying to the Initiative? Go to Application Info (PDF). For updates, follow @PeterBlairHenry and #PhDExcellence