Neil McCray ’13

Major: Philosophy and Applied Political Thought. Hometown:Karnack, Texas.

Guild Fellow in Public Affairs

Goldwater Institute | Phoenix, Arizona

Week 6:
Goldwater Institute

October 24, 2012 | My last week at Goldwater went well. I completed a few last minute assignments regarding the index I built during my time there, and I also prepared notes on my projects for the intern who will be coming in to replace me. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties Dr. Schlomach was unable to plug my index […]

Week 5:
Goldwater Institute

October 17, 2012 | The fifth week picked back up again from the slow fourth week. I finished researching financial data for local cities and moved on to completing and reformatting an index built by a previous intern. Once that was completed, we plugged data regarding state budget processes into RATS, a piece of statistics software. Our results indicate that […]

Week 4:
Goldwater Institute

October 10, 2012 | My fourth week at Goldwater was a little slower than the first three weeks. I’ve completed all of the projects Dr. Schlomach has for me, so now, aside from the occasional short-term task, I’m largely left to work on my own projects or help other Goldwater staff. I’ve come up with some variables I think […]

Week 3:
Goldwater Institute

October 2, 2012 | My third week at Goldwater was great. I finished gathering data on proximity to ports for my economic freedom and prosperity index, and decided to add sections on unemployment rates and interstate migration. I’m still working on the migration data at this point. In the next couple of weeks, Dr. Schlomach and I are going […]

Week 2:
Goldwater Institute

September 27, 2012 | My second week at Goldwater has been great. The index I’m working on has developed considerably—it now includes data on populations across states, including metropolitan statistical areas, GDP data for states and MSAs, and rankings for the states from the indexes I mentioned last week. I’ve also started working on adding data on the proximity […]

Week 1:
Goldwater Institute

September 19, 2012 | I began work at the Goldwater Institute last Monday. I was extraordinarily impressed with the organization of the Institute in the first few minutes after I arrived. Prior to my arrival they’d set up my workstation, gotten me a fob to get into the building, and even set up a name tag on my desk. […]