Status of Girls in Indiana

The first and only comprehensive study on the health and well being of Indiana girls, the Status of Girls in Indiana is improving the lives of all girls in the state.

Empowered Through Information

Focused on collecting, analyzing, and summarizing publicly available data for girls between the ages of 10 and 19 years old, the project covers school attendance, standardized test performance, graduation rates, physical activity, diet, substance abuse, mental health, sexual activity, and reproductive health. 

In 2013, a team of faculty and students led and supported by CWIL, compiled the first Status of Girls in Indiana study. Faculty and student researchers continually update the results to keep current the understanding of the issues. Our aim is to provide this research as a tool to policy and state decision makers so they can make informed decisions about the well being of girls in Indiana.

Student Researchers

The Status of Girls in Indiana provides opportunities for student researchers to work closely with faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and the Department of Business and Economics. 

Sabrina Hollis

Sabrina Hollis ‘20 (graduate student, data science): Sabrina’s extensive work with the project includes processing data related to physical and mental health, social media, and education. Sabrina analyzed the data and utilized two proportion z-tests to compare two observed proportions and test for significant differences. Then she summarized and developed visualizations on her findings.

Zelia Alycia Pena Flores

 

Zelia Alycia Pena Flores ‘22  (philosophy and computer applied mathematics, business minor): Zelia’s research contributions to the project include collecting and analyzing ACT and SAT participation and overall scores for 2019-2020.

Status of Girls Team

Kristin Kuter, Ph.D.

 

Kristin Kuter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 
kjehring@saintmarys.edu 

Ranjan Rohatgi

 

Ranjan Rohatgi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science 
rrohatgi@saintmarys.edu

Sianne Vijay, Ph.D.

 

Sianne Vijay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Economics
svijay@saintmarys.edu 

Ari Farshbaf, Ph.D.

 

Ari Farshbaf, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Business and Economics
afarshbaf@saintmarys.edu