This semester, eight undergraduates will be working in The Peer Lab, on projects related to kindergarten readiness, the effects of praise on failure, and attention in bullying situations. Here is what some of them have been up to this summer:
Leticia Maganga (continuing member & lab manager)
At the beginning of my summer, I did an EPIC term that focused on global health issues that are being tackled by local initiatives. We visited cities in Iceland, England, and the United States. We were able to visit harm reduction sites, learn more about urban farming, and learn about different health policies. After that, I traveled back home to Tanzania where I spent lots of quality time with family and friends. I enjoy being a part of the Peer Lab because I am able to develop a wide array of skills in addition to working on research that can be applied to the local community.
Seung Hyo Ki (continuing member)
During the summer, I went back to Korea and spent my fun summer. My sister and I went to Japan for a week and went to Jeju Island for a few days. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and ate regional cuisines to learn about its unique culture. I am excited to be in the Peer Lab again for this semester and research about children more in depth. I hope this lab experience can foster better understanding of child’s behavior and child psychiatry.
Maleeka Shrestha (new member)
I went back home to Nepal for a month this summer and I met my family after almost three years! I then went to Uganda for two months where I was volunteering with Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). I was working at a health center where I was able to take vitals of patients, run diagnostic tests in the lab, scribe for clinicians, and assist with minor surgeries. In addition to working in the clinic, I was working on an independent project which involved conducting psychosocial interviews of children living with HIV who were being supported by FIMRC. I joined the Peer Lab because I like working with children and I find Psychology and mental health very interesting.