CARS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT
Paulius Satkus is currently a second year student in the Assessment & Measurement Ph.D. program. Paulius is from Lithuania and grew up there before moving to London where he completed his final year of high school. When he finishes his Ph.D. Paulius will be a "triple Duke" having completed his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. all at James Madison University! Paulius chose JMU because it was his life-long dream to play basketball in the United States and JMU offered the opportunity to do so. Paulius played on the JMU Dukes men's basketball team during his undergraduate studies. During his time as a psychology major, Paulius became intrigued by our Quantitative Psychology program and applied to continue his studies in our graduate program. In his own words, he was motivated to choose this program by "the pedigree of the faculty and the accomplishments from the previous students." We were thrilled when, upon completion of his Master's, Paulius decided to stick around for the Ph.D. program.
Paulius has held a number of different GA roles during his time in CARS, and says that he finds the work personally challenging but very rewarding. Paulius has had the opportunity to present at many conferences both here in the U.S. and internationally. These experiences have been among his favorites since joining the program. "I simply did not know that there are so many people interested in the same things professionally as I am" he says about meeting people at conferences. He also feels that our program has a respectable reputation which helps meet other people and develop professional relationships at these conferences.
When it comes to research, Paulius has been drawn to psychometric theory and its application. He says in the courses he has taken and the statistical models he has learned about so far show that it [psychometric theory] provides a framework to learn about the scientific method. Paulius is currently working on projects related to the applications of item response theory.
In addition to being a hardworking student and graduate assistant, Paulius is incredibly friendly and always brings a smile to those he encounters in the halls of Lakeview.
We don't know what the spring semester holds as far as the pandemic is concerned but our faculty, staff, and students are prepared for whatever may come. Most of our classes are being held in an online capacity for the spring semester, and many faculty, staff, and students continue to work at a distance.
This spring we hope to hold a CARS Talk or two, and continue to find ways to stay scholastically and socially connected despite distancing precautions. In February we will hold our first round-robin style zoom session for students and faculty to allow our folks to have some of those informal connections they miss by not interacting in-person with their peers and colleagues.
We hope everyone has a healthy and productive spring semester!
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