Erica Laboissoniere

Mentor: Dr. Maria Bampasidou
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"I did not get involved with the research or choose a passion and then pick a mentor, I picked a mentor based on her teaching style and passion for her discipline and her students. It was only coincidental that the research would be something with which I could identify. This research branches off of what my professor was already working on. I decided that it was something I could be passionate about because I am a non-traditional student with children who is using social services while I receive my education. My project concentrates on analyzing the effect of participation in government sponsored training programs linking labor outcomes to welfare receipt. It appears that a lot of these training programs do little to improve the lives of many of those whom receive it, with the exception of it having a slightly more positive effect on women. My study analyzes Job Corps and my focus group is economically disadvantaged women between 16 and 24 years old. I find it is important to find out why this group was more successful during their usage of training programs so that there could be a potential recommendation, based on findings, to make the efficacy and efficiency of these programs better in the future."


Food and Resource Economics


Agricultural and Natural Resource Law

Research Interests

  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Marketing

Academic Awards

  • Florida College Transfer Academic Scholarship 2012
  • All-Florida Academic First Team 2012
  • University of Florida Wayne Hawkins Leadership and Professional Potential Scholarship 2013
  • University of Florida, University Scholar


  • Ag-Econ Club
  • Golden Key
  • Delta Epsilon Iota


  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Various Others

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Arts and Crafts
  • enriching my children's lives

Research Description

The Effect of Supports Services on Women in Training Programs
It is our primary hypothesis that women are taking advantage of supportive services such as counseling and life skill type workshops that are offered within the training programs, where men are not. Should the supportive services program effect be positive, further consideration should be given to the structure of the programs targeting women. This would suggest the importance of including social skills workshops, counseling and childcare services alongside the typical vocational skill training.