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By Eric Heinz
Evan Morgan, a San Clemente native and San Juan Hills High School graduate, is a quantitative social science major at Dartmouth College and was recently selected as a scholarship recipient to fund a data journalism project studying the opioid crisis in New Hampshire.
Through the Stamps Foundation, Morgan will be using quantitative data and work with various health professionals in order to provide research on the crisis.
“I hadn’t decided on my major, but I wanted to pick a specialty, something I was interested in to work toward my thesis,” Morgan said. “It’s something that really seemed relevant in New Hampshire and the nation, the emerging drug crisis, which had been really building for more than a decade.”
Morgan said he wants to look at policies that are working or not working and present his results after about a semester. The grant he was provided is worth $10,000, which he can use to either build a website or attend relevant seminars and other educational prospects.
“(The opioid crisis) is locally relevant in New Hampshire,” Morgan said, adding he was working with the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, with work related to opioid abuse. “It just seemed like important work, and I think social scientists and reporters can still work to really help address this issue.”
The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars Program is intended to recognize and reward “exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation,” a press release from Dartmouth stated. “The most promising students are given an opportunity to design an experiential learning plan to build on or respond to what they’ve learned in their first few years at Dartmouth. The Dartmouth Stamps Scholars are part of a national network of Stamps Scholars located in 40 elite universities across the country.”