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2019 Conference Update

SPSP 2019 – Portland, Oregon 

I presented two projects at SPSP 2019. My 2018 summer research from Northwestern, and my research team project 2017-2019.

WPCUR 2019 / Honors Program Spring Symposium – Saint Mary’s College of California

I presented the culmination of 3 years on the Zarnoth research team at both of these small conferences, and I am hoping to present at others.

Academics

2019 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

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This year, I was awarded the 2019 Frederick Whelan Award for an excellent academic record in psychology at Saint Mary’s College of California. In addition, I won the Arthur S. Campbell Award for an excellent scholastic record in the School of Science. I was selected from a hardworking and talented group of students, and I won the award after writing an statement that highlighted my service to the School of Science, my research, and my academic achievements.

As an award winner, I was interviewed for SMC’s coverage of this event. Link to the article here: Students Shine at the 2019 Undergraduate Awards Ceremony

Academics

Life as a Resident Advisor

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My senior year of college was spent as a Resident Advisor at Saint Mary’s College of California. I was the RA on the second floor of Assumption Hall, the Honors and Science Living Learning Community.

Being an RA was one of the most rewarding experiences of my undergraduate career. I worked with and formed relationships with my residents, my co-RA, and my resident directors. I planned academic and social events. Some of my favorite events I planned were recurring Marvel movie nights and Finding Research Opportunities as a First Year. I solved and handled situations I never thought I would encounter. I lost sleep over my residents’ well being. Work and home blended together in a challenging, but satisfying way. I formed personal relationships and provided academic support, but I couldn’t fix everything. In those cases, I could provide the resources and follow up with students.

This job was hard. It was more difficult than my most challenging classes. But it was also one of the most rewarding and satisfying (non-research) job I had in undergrad.

Academics, Research

Northwestern University Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP): Week 1

Pictured: Lake Michigan from Northwestern Beach

This past March, I was selected to participate in the Northwestern Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). I arrived on campus on June 24. Our first two days were an orientation to campus life and to the expectations of the program. By the end of our seven weeks here, we will have created a poster and written a full paper.

There are 40 of us from all over the country spanning the many different disciplines, from humanities, to the social sciences, to the physical sciences, and more.

I am working the SCIP Lab, and I will be examining the connections between ostracism and adherence to stereotypes. I have been in the lab from 9-5 every day since Wednesday, doing training, becoming acquainted with lab protocol, and preparing myself to launch a study.

Northwestern is a beautiful campus, right on Lake Michigan! I’m excited to spend my summer here. More updates to come!

 

Conferences

Spring Conference Update: WPCUR 2018

Pictured: My 2017-2018 research team presenting at the SMC Honors Program Symposium.

On April 21, 2018, my 2017-2018 research team presented at the Western Psychological Conference for Undergraduate Research (WPCUR) at my home institution, Saint Mary’s College of California.

Students from all over the West Coast presented their research from a number of different perspectives within the field, which reflected the multifaceted specialties within psychology.

My team, consisting of Rachel Law SMC’18, Alex Short SMC’18, Prof. Paul Zarnoth, and myself, examined the link between gender, gender expression, and sexism. Our findings were complex and nuanced. For example, higher masculinity predicted higher sexism in women, but not men.

Our team won the Best Poster Award for this academic year, which is shown in the link above and in the picture below. Congrats to all the participants!

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Academics, Conferences

Spring Conference Update: SPSP 2018

From March 1-3, I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia (SPSP 2018)

SPSP 2018 Highlights 

This year, Prof. Zarnoth and I had the opportunity to present our 2016-2017 research at SPSP 2018. Our research, entitled “How the ‘Confidence Gap’ Creates Gender Differences in Social Influence” examined how confidence mediates the relationship between gender and social influence. In other words, men have a disproportionate amount of social influence in male/female pairs, but this social influence comes from an unwarranted amount of confidence, which is a changeable factor. With this year’s research, we created a manipulation where we encouraged women to bolster their confidence and men to temper their confidence.

Additionally, I was a Science Writer Intern for the three days of the convention. I covered three symposia for the SPSP Character and Context blog. My writing about the 2018 SPSP Convention can be found on my Published Writing page.

 

Debate

Debate Fall 2017 Accomplishments

Find out more about the Saint Mary’s Debate Team on our Facebook page.

Featured photo: The team finishing the Mile High Swing in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 7, 2018. From left to right: Chris Miles (assistant coach for the tournament), me, Isabel Jeronimo, Marielle Gardner, Maya Szafraniec, and Matthew Swanson (coach)

Fall 2017 has been one of our most successful seasons as a team. My debate partner Isabel Jeronimo and I have come so far in our debate careers. In our second year as a partnership, we have learned what it means to debate together while also exploring arguments we like to use.

During our first tournament of the season, the Golden Gate Opener at San Francisco State University in late September, we made quarterfinals in open parliamentary debate (Pictured below). In my first try at college speech events, I won novice extemporaneous speech in the second half of the speech tournament.

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The next tournament was the Biggest Little City Classic at University of Nevada at Reno. We were the second seed and once again made the quarterfinal rounds.

Last month, we competed at the Mile High Swing, which was consisted of two tournaments in one weekend. Both partnerships who went made elimination rounds at both halves of the tournament.