Magdalena Martinez


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

610 East University Avenue, 2117 SEB

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Tel: 734-615-8883

Fax: 734-615-2510





2001 – present             Ph.D. Student - Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University Of Michigan


June 1998                    M.Ed. – Graduate School of Education, Harvard University


May 1995                    B.S. – Business, University Of Nevada Las Vegas


Conference   Presentations


Alfolter-Caine, B., Martinez, M., Murphy, L , & Heller, D. (2002, November). The role of institutional financial aid in increasing minority student enrollment in a Post-Hopwood environment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Sacramento, CA.

Martinez, M., Alfolter-Caine, B., & Heller, D. (2002, October).  Using access and outreach policies for building bridges to underserved communities in higher education.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities: Diversity and Learning in St. Louis, MO. 

Murphy, L, Martinez, M., Heller, D. & Alfolter-Caine, B. (2002, September).  Money talks when students walk: Financial aid as a strategy for increasing minority student enrollment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Institutional Research Forum in Prague, Czechoslovakia.


Research Experience


Sept. ’01 – present       Graduate Research Assistant

                                    School of Education, University of Michigan

Project: Reshaping Affirmative Action: Admissions and Financial Aid in the Post-Hopwood Era

Principle Investigator: Donald Heller


The focus of this national research project is to provide a picture of access efforts within the current context of restrictions on race-sensitive criteria in admissions. Using quantitative and qualitative data, researchers identify the particular impact of the policies eliminating affirmative action and the response policies on institutions’ efforts to increase minority student access.


June ‘02 – present        Graduate Research Assistant

                                    Kellogg Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, University of Michigan

                                    Director: John C. Burkhardt


The purpose of the Kellogg Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good is to significantly increase awareness, understanding, commitment, and action relative to the public service role of higher education in the United States. Activities include: National Leadership Dialogues, Connecting Research and Practice, and Public Policy & Public Stewardship.


Sept. '97 -June '98       Research Associate

Cambridge Public School District, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Conducted research of language immersion programs in a primary school. Research tools included observations, sampling, videotaping, and interviews.  Worked with a large research team that required continuous communication and information sharing.  Conducted analysis of data, gathered and presented recommendations to school district and research scholars.


Professional Work Experience

July '99 – July ‘00         Academic Counselor/Multicultural Coordinator

Community College of Southern Nevada, Henderson, Nevada


Dec. '98 - July '99        Admissions and Records Interim Director

Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada

July '98 -Dec. '98         Management Analyst 

Neighborhood Services Department, City of Las Vegas, Nevada

June '95 - Aug. '97       Personnel Analyst

Department of Human Resources, City of Las Vegas, Nevada



University Honors and Awards


June 2002                    University of Michigan Institute for Social Research Summer Research Award.  


May 2002                    University of Michigan Latin America Summer Research Grant.  Awarded a research fellowship from the International Center to conduct research at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.


October 2002              American Association for Higher Education Hispanic Caucus Fellow.


2001                            University of Michigan Rackham Merit Fellow. Awarded a multi-year doctoral fellowship.


Professional Societies


American Educational Research Association


Association for the Study of Higher Education


Association of American Colleges & Universities


European Association of Institutional Research