I am very excited about this amazing opportunity to be a second-year Research Rookie! This year, I will not only be able to work further on my research from last year, but will also have the chance to share my previous research experience with new Research Rookies. As a peer leader, I will guide a small group of students through the process and help them experience a successful year of first research.
Finding a mentor was a decision I already made before I even decided to join Research Rookies a second time. My last year with my faculty mentor Dr. Barber was amazing and I cannot say it enough how much I learned from her. She has been a great guide for me to learn everything I needed to know about research and my preparation for graduate school. Before I joined as a peer leader for Research Rookies, I decided to do my Senior Honors Thesis in Psychology. Working closely together with my mentor, I knew that she was the person I wanted to work with again this year.
Writing my proposal as a returning student to Research Rookies was similar to last year’s. However, as I made some changes in my research this year and added another experimental group to my project, I highlighted the changes in my proposal and changed it accordingly. Overall, the proposal contains similar content and follows the guidelines of the program. I am very excited to finally start my research and see if we will have different results compared to last year. Adding another group to our study and increasing the sample size may bring interesting outcomes.
I have been working in the lab since the new semester started. I was not able to start my initial data collection yet but I familiarized myself with my project already. One part of my Honors Senior Thesis in Psychology is to write and defend a formal research proposal in preparation to my final thesis in the spring. In order for me to start my data collection, I will have to defend my proposal first and then renew my IRB. Next Monday, I will be defending my proposal in front of different professors from the Psychology department. This is an exciting time that I believe will also prepares me well for my entrance into graduate school next year. I have been working with my faculty mentor over the summer already and discussed all the details regarding the proposal and the next steps in the project. I now feel ready to start a new year full of research and cannot wait to welcome my first participants in the lab.