PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Bernard Onyango, Sociology graduate student and PSTC trainee, was accepted into the Population Reference Bureau’s (PRB’s) 2012-2013 Policy Communication Fellows program. As a PRB Fellow, Onyango will attend a two-week workshop in Washington, DC this summer, during which he will learn how research can be used to influence policy development. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Onyango will be asked to apply the lessons learned at the Washington workshop and to prepare written and oral presentations for policy audiences, based on his dissertation or other research. He will also have the opportunity to present his findings at a special workshop held prior to the 2013 Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Onyango is currently working on his dissertation, which is titled "The Impact of Free Primary Education on the Determinants of School Participation: Evidence from the Kenya Demographic and Health Survey," and plans to graduate in May 2013. He will be presenting his work at the European Population Conference to be held in Stockholm in June 2012.