Michigan’s First Ph.D. in Survey Methods: Andrey Peytchev

Congratulations to Dr. Andrey Peytchev, who became the first student to earn a Ph.D. from the U-M Program in Survey Methodology.

Peytchev, who will start work in February 2007 as a survey methodologist with RTI International in North Carolina, defended his thesis December 7 before a standing-room-only crowd that burst into applause as Peytchev parried the final question.

With his wife, PSM student Emilia Peytcheva, sitting in the front row, Peytchev presented an overview of his dissertation research, on the causes and consequences of respondent break-off during web surveys. The audience included other PSM students and senior research scientists, including members of his doctoral committee: Chair Mick Couper, Robert Groves, Trivellore Raghunathan and Norbert Schwarz.


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