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Heider Presents Research at Undergraduate Conference

May 19, 2009

Kelsey Heider ’09 was chosen to present her paper, The Effect of Gas Prices on Public Transportation Use, at this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 16-18 in LaCrosse, WI. Her participation was partially funded by a Student Presentation Grant from the Center for Experiential & Integrative Learning.

Heider’s research focuses on whether public transportation use is sensitive to changes in gas prices in several U.S. cities. She also presented her study at this year’s Community of Scholars Showcase. An Economics and Business Administration major from Eagle Point, OR, Heider examined monthly metropolitan public transit ridership from 2000 to 2008. Her results showed a statistically significant and positive relationship between gas prices and public transportation that is larger than previous models have shown.

After submitting an abstract of her project to the conference, Heider was notified in January that her research had been accepted for presentation.

“Not only was it a great opportunity for me to present my study and get feedback from people outside of the Hartwick community,” she said, “but I was also able to sit in on other presentations and learn about research carried out by students from across the country.”

She also expanded her presentation, which was based on research done in Associate Professor of Economics Carli Cochi Ficano’s econometrics course, for her senior thesis.

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