Christina Soma's J. Douglas Shand Summer '13 Experience

professors testing with student

My intention for spending the summer with the Gettysburg Psychology Department was to gain research experience in order to be a more competitive candidate for graduate school. The summer was a great opportunity to work more closely with professors, enrich my relationship with the psychology department, and see different ways in which research can be conducted. During my month as a Shand Fellow I was able to delve more deeply into two different fields of psychology: adolescent identity and embodied cognition. I worked with Professor Cain coding interviews from Muslim teenagers, with the hope of understanding this particular religious group’s identity formations. I also did some data entry, with the statistics software called SPSS, again regarding Muslim teenage identity. The other portion of my work was with Professors Fincher-Kiefer (left) and D’Agostino (middle), each of whom was working on projects that required pilot studies. I (right) tested participants for their joint pilot study, and have been organizing data for them to analyze. I am looking forward to finding out the results of each project, and to being involved with the Psychology Department next year.