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Coffee Consumption and GPA

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Title: Coffee Consumption and GPA
Author(s): Walgrave, Sean; Mattes, Ryan; Anonymous
Subject(s): coffee caffeine GPA study habits
Abstract: Our study focused on the relationship of coffee consumption with GPA. We specifically focused on three subcategories as well, including year in school, level of consumption, and gender. We hypothesized that overall, coffee consumers would have a higher GPA than non-consumers for various reasons. Also, we believed that our research would show that coffee consumption would go up as year in school increased, that GPA would have an inverse-U relationship with level of consumption (positive at first then negative as level significantly increases), and finally that Males would have a higher level of consumption as well as higher overall GPAs. To find this out, we conducted four interviews of students on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus concerning their coffee consumption. In addition to this, we conducted an online survey of over 80 individuals gaining information about their demographics, coffee consumption, reasons why they drink, and their view of how coffee has helped or hindered their academics. Using these two sources of information, we then drew conclusions from the interviews about coffee's relationship with GPA and then went to the survey results to see if these findings were supported. After doing this, we found that coffee consumption does not have a significant impact upon an individual's GPA. The average difference of GPA for consumers vs. non-consumers was too small to draw any conclusions on even though consumers GPA was higher (by .1). Also, we found that although many people believe that coffee consumption may increase by year in school, our data showed that it actually decreased, with Seniors having the lowest level (40%). Additionally, we found that level of consumption does matter, with the smaller amounts of coffee consumption yielding higher GPA values than the larger amounts of consumption. Finally, we found that contrary to our believe, Females had a higher percentage of coffee drinkers, drank more coffee on average, and had much higher GPAs than their male counterparts.
Issue Date: 2011
Series/Report: Kinesiology 442 Fall 2011Instructor, Melissa LittlefieldWhat is a body? Is there such a thing as “the” body? How are bodies produced? What do they represent? Who gets to represent them? In this course we examine bodies in history, in particular cultural contexts, in international and national forums. Readings vary widely to include anthropological, historical, psychological and sociological perspectives. Our assigned projects focused on exercise, health and sport practices in general and on the University of Illinois campus in particular. This course is connected to the Ethnography of the University Initiative.
Genre: Essay
Type: Text
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/32100
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2012-06-29
 

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