Lunch Break Webinar Series: So, What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? A Look Into a Unique, Meaningful Career for Curious Minds

Join us for a Lunch Break Webinar on Thursday, November 04, 2021 12:00p– 1:00p EDT

What are my interests? What are my skills? What type of training do I need? These are some of the questions students often ask themselves when considering their future career opportunities.

In this 1-hour Lunch Break Webinar, So What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? A Look into a Unique, Meaningful Career for Curious Minds we invite students to an introduction of a unique and meaningful career path that many individuals are unaware of – Research + Program Evaluation.

In this webinar, we will:

    1. Answer questions such as, what program evaluation is; why it is important; how you do it; and where it is practiced.
    2. Demonstrate how you may have already been impacted by program evaluation.
    3. Discuss important qualities of researchers and evaluators as well as educational and experiential tips for preparing for a career in program evaluation; and
    4. Introduce students to internship opportunities with The Rucks Group.


If you’re someone who’s interested in working with data, or maybe you’re just curious by nature, then this webinar is for you.

Not able to attend the live event? Register anyway and we will send you the recording when it becomes available.

About the Presenters:

Alyssa McKinney-Hokky

Research Associate, The Rucks Group

Alyssa McKinney-Hokky joined The Rucks Group in April 2021 with more than four years of experience in STEM fieldwork and more than three years of experience in informal STEM education. Prior to joining the firm, she worked within various nonprofit and government agencies to aid in grant-funded project execution, database management, and data analyses. At The Rucks Group, she utilizes her skills to provide direct support for evaluators through statistical analyses, database management, reporting, and focus group and interview transcription. Ms. McKinney-Hokky holds a bachelor’s degree in the biological sciences with a minor in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She is currently pursuing a professional science master’s degree through the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Julia Siwierka, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Evaluation Services, The Rucks Group

Dr. Siwierka joined The Rucks Group in 2018 and during her tenure has become a key member of The Rucks Group team. In her new role, she will focus on maximizing The Rucks Group’s processes for high standards to ensure consistency and excellence on the firm’s full portfolio of projects. Prior to her advancement, she served as a Research and Evaluation Associate with the firm. In this role she was involved in designing, facilitating, and analyzing data using mixed methods; creating evaluation plans; reporting findings and recommendations to clients; and engaging with clients as collaborators in evaluations. Dr. Siwierka has several years of experience in program evaluation and applied research methods within educational and youth organizations and community-based initiatives. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Theatre Arts at Dominican University and a master’s and doctorate degree in community psychology from Wichita State University.

Lana J. Rucks

Lana J. Rucks, Ph.D.

Principal Consultant, The Rucks Group

Lana Rucks, Ph.D., brings to her work nearly two decades of research and evaluation experience. Her extensive knowledge in the design and implementation of research and program evaluations is based on her leadership of dozens of evaluation initiatives. She has evaluated projects funded by federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation and non-profit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.