Bauer Student Spends Summer Researching GPA Decision Making

Published on September 11, 2013

MIS Junior Kishant Chatarpal Researches Connection Between Grade Point Averages and Decision Making

MIS junior Kishant Chatarpal

MIS junior Kishant Chatarpal spent the summer researching the connection between undergraduate decisions and grade point average through the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the University of Houston, with the support of Associate Professor Norman Johnson.

You’re fresh out of high school and ready for your first task as a college student – filling in your class schedule. This is no easy mission, and according to one student from the C. T. Bauer College of Business, it might affect your grade point average in the long term.

Management information systems junior Kishant Chatarpal spent his summer researching undergraduate decisions that may affect a student’s undergraduate GPA through the University of Houston’s 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). He worked alongside faculty member Norman Johnson, Bauer associate professor of Decision & Information Sciences.

“I wanted to know how most students with great GPAs did it — what choices led them to getting it,” Chatarpal said. “The goal of my research is to help freshmen or undergraduates obtain a GPA like those that have finished already.”

He added that he hopes the research will result in a set of guidelines for new students who may need assistance in getting started in a collegiate environment and expects these guidelines to relate to most college students.

“The research relates to the students and faculty, clubs and organizations, and any undergraduate that is willing to earn a good GPA right from the start, rather than them coming in here not knowing what classes or choices to make on their own,” Chatarpal said.

The SURF-UH program seeks to provide funding to rising UH sophomores, juniors and seniors to participate in focused, full-time research experiences for 10 weeks under the direction of UH faculty.

Chatarpal had many choices when deciding the focus of his research fellowship, but his ultimate subject matter seemed the most relevant, he said.

“It was interesting to me because I am a student here,” Chatarpal said. “I can definitely relate to what most students go through when searching for or taking classes.”

Chatarpal and other SURF participants will present their projects during Undergraduate Research Day on Oct. 10.

By Ann Lynd