Sanjana Ravi, economics senior, presented her paper “The Scarring of Youth Joblessness in Sri Lanka” for the Undergraduate Research Conference, held in Dallas, Texas in April. It focuses on "scarring," which is the term used when an individual's long-term employment prospects suffer because of their state of joblessness in the past. This situation has hurt a lot of the youth in her native Sri Lanka.
“There were around 12 of us who took part in the poster session, I was the only one from Iowa. It was more informal; people would come up and ask questions about your poster. I got more exposure to Americans outside of Iowa--I had professors stop by from the University of Louisiana, Kentucky, and Texas. It was very interesting to meet these people from the South. And I was very proud to be representing Iowa State and Iowa.”