My research has been going good so far. After successfully defending my proposal about two months ago, I made some changes to my methods and recorded a third education video that I am now using in my experiment. Data collection started out slow as many students did not seem to want to visit the laboratory during their midterm week. Fortunately, we were able to collect more data over the last weeks as more participants showed up. So far we have had 12 participants coming to the lab and I hope we will have some more before Christmas break.
I am definitely on track according to my proposal that I have already written during the summer. Deadlines have been met and data collection can only get better. Depending on how many people will sign up as participants this semester and in the spring, we should be able to get close to 90 participants as described in my proposal. I only had to make minor changes to my proposal as I changed some details in my methods section. Other than that, my research has not changed at all.
My experience with Research Rookies has been very different up to this point compared to last year. As I started out as a new Research Rookie last year, I could not start data collection until January 2014. During the fall semester of 2013, I was first introduced to the research process overall, worked on my research proposal and did literature review. This semester, I am much more advanced because I was able to write my proposal over the summer break. We received IRB approval early in the semester and could therefore start data collection in October already. This gives us more time to collect data.
My experience as a small group leader is absolutely amazing and I just love working with these three lovely ladies. I enjoy the aspect of working on my own research project and guiding young Research Rookies through their own projects. It is fun to see what they do, what field in Psychology they like, and how much progress they made in such a short time. One of my favorite parts of this position is to get positive feedback from my three Research Rookies. It is always great to hear how much they love being in the program and how much they have learned from me. They provide me with a feeling of comfort and are always very reliable. This is what makes this experience unique. There is nothing about my position as a peer leader that I do not like or that are challenging.