Student Research Assistants

Undergraduates who are interested in conducting research and developing programming on the city Los Angeles, public opinion, and urban life are encouraged to apply for a position. Tasks performed by StudyLA student researchers may include:

Research

Gathering & analyzing political and demographic data
Learning and applying advanced computer software, i.e. ArcGIS, Stata, and Photoshop, among others
Conducting literature searches for large scale projects in a variety of archives spanning several disciplines
Writing copy and producing visualizations for reports, newsletters, posters, and papers

Event 
Production

Administering public relations tasks for educational programming events
Assisting with live event productions including televised lectures and panels
Developing outreach campaigns for events and related web content
Managing guest speakers and compiling lecture portfolios

Vocational 
Training

Presenting at LMU's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
Developing and adapting resumes and curriculum vitae for internships and jobs
Polishing writing and communication skills by working on established center projects
Working in a team environment responsible for short-term and long-term goals

 

A student researcher can learn new skills, enhance their resume, and prepare for post-graduate studies while simultaneously having the opportunity to pursue a project of personal interest with staff support and mentoring.  

To apply for a position, inquire at StudyLA's offices or find us on Lion Jobs. ‌LMU work study funding is required for this position.

 

Current Undergraduate Student Researchers

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown
Student Research Assistant

Andrew Philip Brown, a current freshman at Loyola Marymount University, is a student research assistant at StudyLA. Brown was a four year varsity wrestler at El Dorado High School and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America. Since enrolling at LMU, he has joined the Mock Trial team as a witness, taking on the role of the plaintiff and can often be found snowboarding at Mammoth with the LMU Ski and Snowboard club on weekends. He looks forward to joining one of LMU's service organizations. He will earn his bachelor of Business Management from Loyola Marymount University in 2020.

 

Isabella Dennis

Isabella Dennis

Isabella Dennis
Student Research Assistant

Isabella Dennis is currently a junior at Loyola Marymount University. She has been working for StudyLA as a student research assistant since August of 2016. She has been a member of MEChA since her freshman year, serving as Communications and External chair; her responsibilities include community relations, organizing campus events and coordinating group communications. She led an Alternative Breaks trip to Rabat, Morocco, which focused on women's empowerment and refugee rights. She is also a member of the Phi Delta Phi Pre-Law Honor society, and her interests include women's rights and immigration reform. Dennis plans on graduating in the Spring of 2018 with B.A.s in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies.

 

Elizabeth Guhl

Elizabeth Guhl

Elizabeth Guhl
Student Research Assistant

Elizabeth Guhl, a sophomore in the University Honors program, is a student research assistant at StudyLA. During the summer of 2016, Guhl participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium where she conducted mentored research on StudyLA's Top 100 elected positions in Los Angeles County project. Guhl continues to pursue her love for research in her sophomore year by working on various research projects at StudyLA and by conducting mentored research under Dr. Feryal Cherif on food politics in the Pacific. Outside of her academics, Guhl leads Espérer, an LMU service organization, as President of the 2017 year. Guhl is a declared political science major and business administration minor; however, she has also shown interest in completing a double major in urban studies by graduation in 2019.

 

Zachary Hayes

Zachary Hayes

Zachary Hayes
Student Research Assistant

Zachary Hayes, a senior at Loyola Marymount University, is a student research assistant at StudyLA. During the 2015-2016 school year, he served as the president of LMU's chapter of the College Republicans, and he is now the vice president of its new Young Americans for Freedom chapter. Zachary will graduate in May 2017 with a degree in political science. Afterward, he hopes either to obtain a master's degree in public policy or to obtain a job as a legislative staffer in Sacramento in the hope of starting a career as a public servant.

 

Lesly Juarez

Lesly Juarez
Student Research Assistant

Lesly Juarez is student research assistant at the StudyLA and has been working at StudyLA since August 2016. Juarez transferred from Santa Monica College to Loyola Marymount University. She is currently a junior majoring in Political Science, a McNair Research Scholar, and a member of Underwings Praxis. Juarez is a Los Angeles native and can be found exploring the streets of LA during her free time. She plans on graduating Spring 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science.

 

Adrian Narayan

Adrian Narayan

Adrian Narayan
Student Research Assistant

Adrian Narayan, a junior at Loyola Marymount University, is a student research assistant at StudyLA. He is a member of Sursum Corda, a co-ed service organization, where he previously served as the social justice chair. Narayan's participated in LMU's 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2016 researching California's Local Control Funding Formula in Los Angeles County's K-12 school districts. Narayan currently serves as the Attorney General for the undergraduate student body government at LMU. Narayan grew up in Los Angeles and enjoys conversing in his second language, Hindi. He intends to work in the government sector and serve the public interest after graduating with a B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in 2018.

 

Xavier Orozco

Xavier Orozco

Xavier Orozco
Student Research Assistant

Xavier J. Orozco is a student research assistant at StudyLA and is a student manager for LMU Men's Basketball. Xavier played varsity football and was a manger of the basketball team at his alma mater, Loyola High School, located in Los Angeles, California. He has also aided the assistant equipment manager for the Los Angeles Rams during their summer training camp at UC Irvine and has worked for Bartlett Catering Company based in downtown Los Angeles. Xavier is majoring in management and expects to receive his B.A. in 2020.

 

 

Jayna Ortiz

Jayna Ortiz

Jayna Ortiz
Student Research Assistant

Jayna Ortiz is a student research assistant at StudyLA. She is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Belmont, California and served on her high school’s ASB executive board her senior year. Ortiz graduated as a lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation and a member of her high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She is majoring in Political Science and Psychology and expects to obtain her double B.A. from LMU in the spring of 2020.

 

Kat Siao

Kat Siao

Kat Siao
Student Research Assistant

Kathleen Siao is currently a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University. A California native, Siao has conversational skills in Tagalog. In August of 2016, Siao began work as a student research assistant at StudyLA. She is an alumni advisor to a local service organization, which centers on fighting homelessness; and serves as a catechism teacher within her church. She has assisted in various relief groups which focused on serving the Filipino community, and is interested in social justice and immigrant rights. She aspires to complete law school and serve as an immigration lawyer. Siao plans on graduating in the Spring of 2019, with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in International Relations.

 

Maya Willis

Maya Willis

Maya Willis
Student Research Assistant

Maya Willis is a student research assistant at the StudyLA. Willis attended Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, WA where she was a member of the varsity basketball team, the Black Student Union, the Marine Chemistry Program, and track and field. She was also a member of the University of Washington’s Math Academy, Seattle University’s Summer Business Institute, and the University of Southern California’s Summer Leadership Program. Her career goals include working in market research or business operations. She plans to receive a double major in Economics and Business from Loyola Marymount University in 2020.

 

Candace Yamanishi

Candace Yamanishi

Candace Yamanishi
Student Research Assistant

Candace Yamanishi is a student research assistant at StudyLA. She is a senior at Loyola Marymount University majoring in Political Science. She is currently completing her Senior Honors Thesis on Diversity in the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has been involved with various campus organizations. Prior to working at the Center, Candace worked at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Sponsored Projects at Loyola Marymount University. She has held internships at Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent and at the Office of Senator Mike Morrell. Candace will be taking a year off after she graduates in May 2017 to work in a professional setting likely in the legal field before she pursues law school in the fall of 2018.

 

Former Undergraduate Student Researchers

Undergraduate Researchers

Student Researchers & Supervisor Don Knabe
April 2015

Christian Beltran, Political Science & Economics (2016)

Matt Campos, Political Science (2016)

Zayd Al-Mayarati, Political Science (2016)

Elin Henningson, Urban Studies (2016)

Taylor Kay, Urban Studies (2016)

Colin Arnold, Political Science (2015)

Narek Mkrtoumian, Urban Studies (2015)

Alison Sackerson, Political Science (2015)

Summer Wall, Political Science (2015)

Katie Altobello-Czescik, Political Science (2014)

Jasmine Davies, Political Science (2014)

Kate Henley, Political Science (2014)

Daniel Hollis, Political Science (2014)

Brendan Hughes, Political Science (2014)

Chris Mosser, Political Science (2014)

Andrew Smith, Political Science (2014)

Bianca Villasenor, Sociology & Spanish(2014)

Alejandro Llamas, Spanish & Economics (2013)

Melanie Mendoza, Urban Studies (2013)

Sarah Palacios, Political Science (2013)

Genesis Tenorio, Sociology (2013)

Michael Ferral, Political Science (2012)

Max Garrison, Political Science (2012)

Robert Huizar, Political Science (2012)

Stacy Sakane, Asian Pacific Studies (2012)

Nathan Aderhold, Political Science (2011)

Mark Diao, Political Science (2011)

Katy Kawauchi, Political Science (2011)

Andreas Kidane, Political Science (2010)

Valerie Nakashima, Political Science (2010)

Tiffany Martinez, Political Science (2009)

David Quimbayo, Political Science (2009)