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Postdoctoral Research Associate

tswid@live.unc.edu
CV / Resume (pdf)

Tom Swiderski is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at EPIC. He is working on EPIC’s multi-year evaluation of North Carolina’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) intervention and research into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on educational outcomes in North Carolina.

Dr. Swiderski’s research is driven by a vision of a world in which all young people are provided the tools they need to thrive on their individual journey to adulthood. His research primarily examines the impact of education policies and programs on student transitions to college and career. His prior work includes studies of Early College High Schools in North Carolina and Tennessee’s Statewide Dual-Credit high school program.

Based on his research, Dr. Swiderski has written policy briefs for state officials, presented at major conferences in education and public policy, and published in academic journals including Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and Social Science Research.

Dr. Swiderski earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master’s in Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA in Psychology from Boston College.