During the Spring 2020 semester, Psychology Senior Lauren Wright applied for the competitive summer research program offered by the National Science Foundation. Lauren's application was accepted and was offered to work at Purdue University as well as University of Texas at Austin, which are both top research institutes in our country. 

Lauren Wright

Lauren Wright

Although both opportunities ended up being cancelled because of COVID-19, Lauren continued to stay in touch with the researchers of the two programs and was accepted by both of these schools' graduate programs. In order to be best prepared for these amazing opportunities, Lauren took the time to learn more about research and eventually got connected with Dr. Frank Worrell of University of California, Berkeley. Following their conversation, Lauren was even offered a chance to be mentored by Dr. Worrell in grad school. This is simply amazing!

What can fellow students learn from Lauren's story? First, it is interesting to see how one opportunity often leads to other opportunities. For Lauren, these opportunities came about because of her decision to apply for the research opportunity at National Science Foundation. Second, always be prepared and do not be afraid to reach out to others. It is through these conversations with the researchers that Lauren gets to introduce herself and learn about their work.

It is important to note that Lauren is working very hard during her undergraduate career at Stevenson. Besides keeping an outstanding GPA and research record, Lauren is going into her second year serving as a Teaching Support for Dr. Spada’s Writing for Psychology course. Overall, Lauren has been incredibly grateful for all the experiences, opportunities, and guidance she has gained from working with the Psychology department at Stevenson University.