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Meet the MQM Graduate Students & Alumni

We have a large and diverse group of doctoral students in MQM. Some of those students have a background in education, but several students have expertise in other fields (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, kinesiology, business & marketing). The following tabs describe some of our students. Feel free to contact them if you are interested in their work or would like more information about what it is like to be in the MQM program at MSU.

Current Students

Akaeze, Hope
Cheng, Yi-Ling      
Chang, Chi
Chen, Tingqiao
Gonulates, Emre
Guo, Siwen
Ham, Eun
Jess, Nicole
Ju, Unhee
Kilbride, Tara
Kim, Sewon
Lee, Chun-Lung
Li, Chen-Hsien
Li, Tatyana
Li, Tenglong
Liu, Yuqing
Luo, Xin
Ma, Li
Maier, Adam
Mao, Liyang
Mo, Ya
Quisenberry, Brooke
Reyes-Gastelum, David
Saw, Guan Kung
Shen, Ting
Smart, Francis C.
Tong, Bing
Traynor, Anne
Uygun, Nazli
Viger, Steven Guy
Wang, Keyin
Xu, Jing-Ru
Xu, Ran
Yang, Lihong
Zhang, Jiahui
Zhang, Mingcai


Anne Traynor
“The program’s core courses, completed during my first two years of study, provided a foundation allowing me to pursue further reading according to my interests, and to contribute to ongoing research and discussion in the field of education. My educational experience has been enhanced by conversation with other students in the program, as well as faculty members, who are always willing to entertain my questions. In addition to program coursework, I have had the opportunity to take courses in the Psychology and Educational Administration departments. During my studies in the MQM Program, I have also collaborated with faculty members on multiple research projects. Skills developed during study in MQM permit students to receive consistent funding support either as a research or teaching assistant during the academic year, and render students as strong candidates for summer fellowship funding or external internships.”

Cheng-Hsien Li
“Our faculty members are knowledgeable experts in their respective fields, such as multidimensional IRT, latent variable modeling, and multilevel modeling. Students in our MQM program have opportunities to work as a teaching assistant and research assistant with our faculty members. Some students even have the experience of working with professors outside our program. Since the specialization in measurement and quantitative methods is needed in the job market, our alumni hold positions in academic institutions, research organizations, and testing companies. I have had a great experience studying here, and have had a chance to cooperate with some professors to get journal articles published. It has been quite worth pursing my doctoral degree here with faculty members and students from different countries!”

Min Sun
“The doctoral program of Measurement and Quantitative Methods program (MQM) has provided enormously intellectual support to my professional growth. I have had the opportunity to conduct research and publish papers with some of the well-known and well-respected professors in their fields of studies. I also had the opportunity to learn how to teach students with diverse backgrounds. Being a student in such a great program has been a very rewarding experience to me.”

Nicholas D. Myers
University of Miami
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Soyeon Ahn
Assistant Professor University of Miami
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Qiu Wang
Assistant Professor, Purdue University
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Hilda Omae
Assistant Professor, Strathmore University

Wei He is working as a psychometrician at the Northwest Evaluation Association in Portland, Oregon.

Yang Lu was hired as a psychometrician at ACT, Inc. in Iowa City, Iowa.

Qi DiaoResearch Scientist at CTB/McGraw-Hill

Yasuo Miyazaki
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Akihito Kamata

Wei Pan

Meng-Jia Wu
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Michael Rodriquez
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Rafa Kasim

Sema Kalaian

Xiaofeng Liu
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Joseph Martineau