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Jones School and Rice Sociology Department Partner with The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston for Impact Study

HOUSTON, March 1, 2006—The Jones Graduate School of Management is pleased to be partnering with Rice University’s Department of Sociology and The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston (TWR) to study the impact of TWR’s Money SmartTM seminars. In support of TWR’s focus on helping women achieve financial independence, the study’s primary objective is to understand the effectiveness of the training in improving seminar participants’ quality of life.
 
The research project draws on expertise across Rice University. Michael Emerson, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life (CORRUL) and Elizabeth Long, Professor and Sociology Department Chair, will oversee the research design and implementation. Jill Foote, Lecturer of Management at the Jones School, will provide financial expertise and will manage the study, serving as the liaison between Rice and TWR.
 
The research, beginning with a pilot study this spring, will focus on participants at a few agencies that facilitate TWR’s financial training sessions. Rice undergraduate students taking Professor Emerson’s Research Methods course are actively involved in the design and execution of the field study aspects of the research. The results of the pilot along with a proposal for further study will be presented to TWR during the summer.
 
Professor Long specializes in the study of women and gender, the sociology of culture, and social theory. Her recent achievements include a book and several teaching awards. Professor Emerson is known for his work examining the relationship between religion and race. One of his four books received a distinguished book of the year award. Professor Foote is an investments specialist with 13 years of experience with Goldman Sachs prior to joining the faculty at Rice. At the Jones School, she is the faculty director of the student-managed M.A. Wright Investment Fund and teaches courses in portfolio management and corporate strategy.