Manuel Alcalá was a senior at the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Mathematical Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. As of now, he intends to pursue graduate studies in Economics in order to contribute to empirical social science research. He is confident that his experience as a SUMR scholar allowed him to gain a greater understanding of what life as an academic researcher entails. For this reason, he was very excited to be a part of the program.
Over the summer, he worked with Dr. Heather Schofield on a project that evaluated the effect of adaptive technologies on developing numeracy and attention skills for primary school students in India. He also worked with Dr. Claudio Lucarelli on a project that investigated the outcome of two group-based gainsharing programs between hospitals and cardiologists on the price of medical devices. Specifically, he used his knowledge of statistical programming to aid with assessing, interpreting and visualizing the results of these studies.
Besides research, Manuel is a voracious reader, a lover of music and a film enthusiast. He is also extremely proud of his Latin American heritage and rooted passionately for Argentina in this past summer’s FIFA world cup.