Matt Andersson

Matt Andersson
Hometown: 
Barrington
Home State: 
Illinois
Home Country: 
USA
What are some of your interests outside of school?: 
Walking, running, socializing, occasional journaling, listening to audiobooks.
What is your favorite Iowa City/Coralville Restaurant?: 
Bluebird Diner
Are there any challenges you have faced as a graduate student at Iowa?: 
Remaining cheerful has been a challenge. I like to be cheerful rather than just happy. I haven't really felt cheerful since grade school, come to think of it.
Previous Degrees Earned
Previous Degree [1]: 
B. A.
Degree [1] Area of Study: 
Chemistry, Psychology
Degree [1] Institution Name: 
Knox College
Previous Degree [2]: 
M. A.
Degree [2] Area of Study: 
Sociology
Degree [2] Institution Name: 
University of Iowa
Department: 
Sociology
What degree are you currently seeking?: 
Ph. D.
Brief thesis project description: 
(Master's, 2010): I examined the relationship between dispositional optimism and the size and diversity of personal social networks.
Who is your Thesis Advisor?: 
(Master's, 2010): Jennifer Glanville
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?: 
To learn how to develop and test theory about society.
Why did you choose The University of Iowa for your graduate studies?: 
The department is supportive and talented.
What are your long term goals beyond your graduate degree at Iowa?: 
Being a professor and maybe author.
How has your experience at Iowa allowed you to achieve your goals?: 
The faculty here are very insightful and kind.
Significant Honors and Achievements
Significant Honors [1]: 
National Merit Scholar
Significant Honors [2]: 
Finalist, Tupelo Press First Book Prize in Poetry
Significant Honors [3]: 
Semifinalist, James Jones First Novel Fellowship
Significant Honors [4]: 
Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
What year did you win an award at the Jakobsen Conference?: 
2011
What do you enjoy most about the Conference?: 
Dropping in on random presentations.