Students

Iman Charania

Iman Charania is a member of the Class of 2017 studying Political Science in the College. She was a Fox Fellow during the summer after her sophomore year and during her junior year. She worked with the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES) headed by Professor John Lapinski. The program gave her the opportunity to learn about survey research and public opinion: specifically, public opinion about the current election cycle, and the historic Supreme Court rulings in 2015. Through her work, she learned about conducting survey research —including questionnaire design, sampling and data analysis. Because of PORES collaborative relationship with NBC, Iman assisted other PORES staff members in writing and fielding surveys in support of editorial projects and initiatives at NBC. During the school year, she had the opportunity to work at NBC in New York as a PORES fellow on primary election nights, and assisted the NBC News Decision Desk, and the directors of PORES, on reporting the exit poll data for the primaries. She was able to see what working in a newsroom was like and how vital public opinion research is.

Carter Coudriet

Carter Coudriet is a member of the Class of ‘18 involved in The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn’s independent student newspaper. During the summer after sophomore year, Coudriet worked as an intern with Forbes on the Top College project team. Along with four other student interns, he helped construct the package for Forbes’ annual college rankings, including profiles of all 660 schools, related articles and social media. He also managed his own Forbes contributor blog, focusing on the business of beliefs in college. The summer before sophomore year, Coudriet was one of six students awarded the DP’s Neiman Scholarship, which earned him a six-week internship with The Daily News in New York City. For The Daily News, Carter worked as a breaking-news intern for the city desk, covering stories including an NYPD shootout, a murder, and the U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup victory parade. With the DP, he has covered national stories including the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, the New Hampshire primary and the protests in Center City following the Darren Wilson’s lack of indictment. He currently serves as the Digital Director of The Daily Pennsylvanian and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He has also served as the media organization’s Creative Director, Video Producer and Associate Sports Editor. He believes that involvement in student media is "crucial to truly understanding the complex parts of the Penn experience that often stay behind the scenes.” Outside of the DP, Coudriet is involved in Sigma Nu fraternity, the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education and work-study in the College Office.

Barry Oshiba

Barry Oshiba is a member of the Class of 2018 studying cinema studies and economics. In the summer of 2016, he worked as an intern in the film department of International House Philadelphia. Assisting in the curation of many of the building's film programs that are exhibited in the Ibrahim Theater, he researched various directors, movements, and organizations and investigated the societal significance of their cinematic contributions. One of the subjects that he explored is the non-profit organization Women Make Movies. One of the discoveries Oshiba made was how the women filmmakers of this umbrella group were naturally tackling subjects ahead of their increased social relevancy—they were making films about multiculturalism in the early 1980s before the issue became popular within university realms later in the decade, and about Islam and the Middle East before the events of September 11. He is also currently working as the Director of Research & Development for Nexo Productions, a startup video production company that he helped found in 2015 with a team of other Penn students. Under this position, he studies trends, equipment, and methods of media production that will help make Nexo’s marketing films more efficient and effective for their clients. Oshiba says that the research he is involved in is “a manifestation of the growing importance of the film and media industry in both cultures and economies on a global scale.

Alisha Chowdhury

PORES fellows Alisha Chowdhury, a junior political science and economics major from New Orleans, and Jacob Gardenswartz, a junior from San Diego, Calif. who will complete both his bachelor and master’s degrees in four years through the Fels Institute of Government, were selected to staff the desk the night of Nov. 8. During the spring 2016 semester, Chowdhury worked with PORES alongside NBC analysts to cover the presidential primaries and caucuses. She traveled back and forth from the NBC offices in New York City, where she helped to fact-check stories and graphics. “Most of the stories written are based on exit poll data, so I would check the writer’s numbers in the election system,” she says. While the voter turnout numbers for this year’s elections have been higher than in previous years, Chowdhury was curious to see how many individuals in her age group voted during the primaries and caucuses. She looks forward to analyzing youth and minority voter turnout during the general election. “When I tell people what I'm doing at PORES, they’re shocked that I’m an undergraduate student working with Penn staff and faculty at NBC’s election unit,” Chowdhury says. “I feel blessed to be a part of this program. We’re fact-checking the numbers they’re putting out to millions of people.” The night of the 2016 presidential election, Chowdhury is eager to work in a high-pressure, fast-paced environment. “Being able to work with PORES staff at NBC on election night allows me to live and breathe that analysis,” she says. “The exit poll data provides a breadth of understanding of how Americans from all walks of life are voting. “I am especially excited to have a bunch of stories and graphs thrown at me and having to edit them in a short time,” Chowdhury adds.