SURP Alumni 2010
Steve is from Kearny, New Jersey, and is a senior Psychology major and Latin American/Latino Studies & Spanish minor at Montclair State University. He is a co-founder of the Multicultural Psychology Scholars, a mentoring program that aims to increase the number of ethnic minority applicants entering graduate school. He has been actively involved in various research projects and is a member of the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program. His research interests include: Latino mental health, positive adolescent development, and the various forms of discrimination and microaggression. Currently, he is working with Drs. Callahan and Hertberg-Davis on the AP Challenge program, which hopes to improve the AP scores of low-income, ethnic minority high school students and also increase enrollment to college. Steve plans to pursue doctoral study in psychology, with an emphasis on research.
Avis is a senior triple majoring in Human Development, Psychology, and Sociology at California State University Long Beach. She is passionately involved on her campus as a member of Students for Quality Education, the College of Liberal Arts Student Council (Vice-President), Black Scholars Student Association (President), and Psi Chi National Honor Society (Vice-President). Avis is a driven student who is as charismatic as she is focused. Her research interests center around developmental, social, and contextual influences on the academic and psychological development of at-risk youth. During the summer, Avis worked alongside Dr. Patrick Tolan, director of the Curry School of Education’s Youth-Nex research center. Using data from the Chicago Youth Development Study she examined the longitudinal effects of peer delinquency on adolescent male delinquency. Upon graduation she plans on pursuing a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology with a goal of influencing policy through research.
Benjamin is a senior Psychology major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is actively involved in undergraduate research at his institution and has assisted on a number of studies through his work on the Children's Memory Project at UNC. Since his freshman year, Benjamin has worked on the Classroom Memory Study, a longitudinal assessment of memory development in elementary school children. He received funding from UNC's Office of Undergraduate Research to assist in a psychology research study, conducted by researchers at UNC and North Carolina State University, which assessed the impact of stress on children’s memory for traumatic, dental operative procedures. While in SURP, Benjamin worked with Drs. Amanda Williford and Jason Downer on the development of their observational coding system inCLASS, which measures children’s interactions with teachers, peers and tasks within the classroom. After this summer experience, Benjamin now plans on expanding the scope of his graduate school applications to Ph.D. programs in applied developmental science.
Brad is a Senior Psychology major and Mathematics minor at James Madison University where he is actively involved in the JMU Cognitive Development Lab. In the fall, he will begin a study that he helped design examining the development of infants' facial perception. This summer, he is working with Dr. Marie Shoffner in the STEM Pipeline Lab; specifically, he is examining parent predictors of students' math self-efficacy. As a result of the SURP program, he plans on obtaining a PhD in either Educational Psychology or Applied Developmental Psychology. After Grad School, he would like to either become a professor or work for a public policy think-tank.
Haydee Cruz is a rising from Phoenix, AZ and is pursuing a B.A.E. in Secondary Education Mathematics at Arizona State University. Being in the teacher preparation program at ASU, Haydee spends most of her time during the semester interning in local schools where she gets to observe and teach math. In addition to interning at schools, Haydee is also a member of the ASU Women’s Racquetball Team and volunteers for Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (a program which provides one-on-one recreational opportunities for children and adolescents with mental and physical disabilities). This summer she spent her time working with Dr. Carolyn Callahan and Dr. Holly Hertberg-Davis on the AP Challenge Program looking for an intervention intended to increase minority students’ success on the AP tests. After graduation, Haydee will be a certified 7-12th grade mathematics teacher in Arizona. Teaching math, going to graduate school to become an educational researcher, and working with educational policy are all paths Haydee plans to pursue throughout her life.
Kaitlin is a fourth-year at the University of Virginia in Psychology and Cognitive Science. She works at the STEM lab investigating gender and grade differences to determine why adolescent minority and female students report lower math interest. She also assists with research in the Neuroaffective Lab studying stress mitigation and emotional arousal patterns. Her senior thesis analyzes the effects of laughter on student coping during stressful situations. In addition to research, Kaitlin has completed an internship at a mental hospital, is a member of 6 national honors organizations and is currently a patient support volunteer for the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. To continue her education in the applied sciences, Kaitlin will apply to clinical psychology PhD programs for the Fall of 2011 to conduct psychology research and become a licensed psychologist.
Farzana is a senior majoring in Psychology at Georgia State University. There she is the Vice President of Psi Chi National Honor Society, a McNair Scholar, and a HOPE Scholar, which has fully funded all four years of her college education. During the academic school year she works in the Anxiety Research Treatment Lab and is a Resident Assistant on campus. Participating in SURP, Farzana worked with Dr. Amanda Williford at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). Her topic of study examined the impact of socioeconomic status on children’s language and literacy development. Additionally, she performed observational assessments of Pre-K classrooms using two measures that examined quality interactions in early childhood, The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) and the Individualized Classroom Assessment Scoring System (inCLASS). Following graduation Farzana plans to pursue a doctoral degree studying how relational development, culture, and interaction with family members influences socio-emotional expression.
Nancy is a senior at Kenyon College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology, with a concentration in Social Institutions. Her research interests in educational psychology evolved from personal experience and through her involvement as a summer arts and crafts counselor at a camp for at-risk adolescents. She is particularly interested in how family and extra-familial support may serve as a protective factor for at-risk youth. At Kenyon, she volunteers at an elementary school and is a part of the mentoring program, OAPP, where she works with gifted and talented students. Additionally she is the president of the Asian Awareness Club and a member of R.E.A.C.H., a mentoring program assisting first-year minority and first-generation students in college. Currently with SURP, she is working with Dr. Patrick Tolan, examining the longitudinal effect of family type and peer popularity on adolescent male delinquency. She plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in educational or counseling psychology in the future.
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