Fellows and Scholars
Meet our directors, fellows, and scholars
Student Research Fellows work closely with Salem Center’s scholars on various initiatives & programs.
Andrew KendrickStudent Research Fellow
Andrew is a rising senior majoring in Finance and minoring in Management Information Systems at the McCombs School of Business. He started working for the Salem Center in Spring 2020 and has worked on various research papers and projects, including one for COVID-19. Furthermore, having lived in six countries with his diplomatic father, he has developed an interest on how policy shapes the world, and looks forward to pursuing this interest with his work at the center.
Siddhanth DeepakStudent Research Fellow
Siddhanth is a rising sophomore pursuing a dual degree in finance and mathematics. In addition to Siddanth’s interests in math and finance, he is passionate about creating economic equality which I do through my non-profit, the Humans for Healing Foundation.
Alexander Nelson-GroocockStudent Research Fellow
Alexander Nelson-Groocock is a rising sophomore studying Business and Economics. As a student Alexander is interested in finance, academic research, and mathematics.
Denver BaumgartnerStudent Research Fellow
Denver Baumgartner is a rising senior in the Canfield Business Honors program with certificates in applied statistical modeling and elements of computing. Upon graduating he will be pursuing a Master of Science in Information Technology Management from the McCombs School of Business.
Grayson WhelenStudent Research Fellow
Grayson Whelen is a rising senior nearing a degree as a finance major with an accounting minor. Grayson is originally from Houston, Texas.
Patrick OpitzStudent Research Fellow
Patrick Opitz is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Salem Center while pursuing a master’s degree in economics. He has a B.S. in Economics from West Virginia University and is currently assisting with research into crypto and financial markets using Bayesian statistics. He is interested in urban/regional economics as well as public economics and hopes to pursue a PHD in economics in the future.
Rodrigo RiveraStudent Research Fellow
Rodrigo is currently a senior double majoring in the Canfield Business Honors Program and Finance with a minor in Management Information Systems at McCombs School of Business. His interest in policy was ignited after moving to the US for college and learning about American policy and how it shapes the country. He hopes to learn more about policy and its impact through his work at the Salem Center.
Daniela SerranoStudent Research Fellow
Daniela is a sophomore who is double-majoring in Economics and Mathematics and pursuing a certificate in Public Policy. As an international student, she has seen the impact policy has in the development of different nations, and hopes that in the future she can generate that impact herself by gaining experience such as the one with the Salem Center.
Lilian RembertStudent Research Fellow
Lilian is a currently undeclared UT freshman from Georgetown, Texas. As a student, she is interested in finance and economic policy and hopes to pursue a degree in accounting.
Rahul NaikStudent Research Fellow
Rahul is a second-year student at UT majoring in Computational Engineering. He is excited to delve into the world of policy research and explore how data analysis can work to advance this research. Outside of research, Rahul enjoys swimming, reading, and cooking.
Will RobinsonStudent Research Fellow
Will is a sophomore studying Mathematics and pursuing a certificate in Elements of Computing. Interested in financial data analysis, Will previously worked under Professor John Griffin, where he conducted research on the role of fraud in financial crises. Will is looking forward to continuing his mathematical education meaningfully and applicably through the Policy Research Laboratory.
Jacob RothStudent Research Fellow
Jacob Roth is a junior majoring in Canfield Business Honors and Quantitative Finance with a certificate in Risk Management. Born and raised in Austin, he enjoys relaxing at Zilker and the scenic view at Mount Bonnell. Jacob hopes to continue exploring his interest in the intersection of finance and computing in the future.
Matthew VuStudent Research Fellow
Matthew is a second-year student majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Through the Policy Research Lab, he hopes to explore the applications of data analysis and contribute to a better understanding of current public policy. Some of Matthew’s favorite hobbies outside of research include skateboarding and website development.