This summer, I was fortunate enough to work in Dr. Reavis’ Peer Lab, where I helped with studies involving bullying, praise, & disgust. This was one of the most rewarding experiences of the summer, as I got a first-hand look at what a full-time (or closer to full-time) research job might look like. Being able to spend hours researching a specific topic can get taxing, but finally applying that knowledge to help create a study is one of the most rewarding things you can do. The Peer Lab is rewarding for a variety of reasons, but I like it most because it allows you to work on different projects in different roles. This is both rewarding in and of itself and helpful for those who have not yet decided how they want to integrate their interest in human behavior into their future, whether it relates to what graduate school they apply to, how they approach their medical career, who they specialize with during their social work, and more.
After my summer research position, I was fortunate enough to visit a close friend in Brazil. The trip was fantastic – having never been to Brazil before, it was nice to have someone to help me skip some of the more touristy sites. I was also able to go during the World Cup, which is in my personal view one of the best times to go. While Brazil did not end up winning the World Cup, being able to root for the home team in a country so involved in soccer was great.
This summer I worked as a behavioral and inclusiveness intern in downtown Indianapolis. I helped out with dealing with children with behavioral issues and creating weekly lesson plans. I wanted to work in the Peer Lab in order to gain more experience with children in a research setting and to further my knowledge about the research process in Psychology.
This summer, I went on a May term program in Germany, doing entrepreneurship research with professors. I went back home after the May Term, working at a private library. I helped to invite local celebrities and organize lectures, which was a fun experience. I built great networks. I have been interested in doing research since freshman year. The most intriguing thing about the Peer Lab is that I can work with children. After Earlham, I might apply for research assistant positions pertaining to children’s cognition.
Kendra Parker (new lab member)
This summer I went to Hawaii with the LIFT program and completed a research project on Hawaii’s culture. I also traveled abroad to Morocco (it’s amazing over there). And I suppose the most “boring” part of my summer was completing an internship in the CCE, but believe it or not it was quite an rewarding experience. The reason why I am a part of the peer lab is because I would like to experience research in the field of psychology and because I find patterns in behavior very interesting.
Tyrique Richardson (new lab member)
Over the summer I participated in a May Term in Hawaii, where each of us proposed a different research topic to study while we were there. I specifically studied the non-material culture of Hawaii; more specifically the language, chants, and dancing (Hula). After I completed this May Term, I went to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and participated in an internship there focused on the pre-health careers. I specifically was apart of the pre-med cohort and the program provided students from minority backgrounds with the opportunity to shadow a health care provider that is of their interest. This internship provided me with insight into classes that I will be taking in the coming semesters of college for the pre-med track. We were taught lessons on anatomy using Cadavers every Friday. After this internship ended, I went back home to NYC and worked as a group leader at a summer camp.
I wanted to work in the peer lab, because I am very interested in research with children. I would like my future career to involve research around children’s cognitive learning and thinking. Working in the peer lab would be a great starting experience for me!
My future plan is to become a pediatric doctor with a PhD so that I am able to complete research as well.
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.
Our study on the effects of praise in adults has gotten some attention. We found that praising adults for being a “hard worker” had some detrimental effects. The folks at the British Psychological Society wrote up our recently published work. Check it out!
Three students are working in the Peer Lab this summer. At Earlham, every student can access a paid internship or research experience through EPIC Advantage. Many students get more than one experience! All three students working this summer are being funded through summer research funds or McNair, so they are eligible for an additional paid research or internship experience.
I’ve been working with Dr. Reavis for about a year now, learning about how bullying and praise affect people. I wanted to get involved with her research for two reasons: my eagerness to understand what makes people flourish, and my interest in research. I’m excited to work in Dr. Reavis’ lab for the summer so I can learn more about the research process itself and work towards a better understanding of how positive and negative events can influence a child’s development. I’m especially happy to get experience working with both eye tracking equipment and online survey software like MTurk.
Hello! My name is Leslie Estrada. I am a Psychology student at Earlham College from Santa Ana California. I am a Mexican-American first generation student who hopes to works with children. After college, I want to pursue a career in child development. On my free time, I like to take walks, read, and hang out with my friends.
I am a senior Math and Psychology double major, and I am excited to do research as a member of The Peer Lab over the summer. I look forward to getting hands-on research experience and some skills to interact with children. After this research, I will go back to my home country (South Korea) to do an internship at a dance company. With the members of the internship site, I will participate in volunteering programs and interact with children and adolescents from low socioeconomic backgrounds. I hope I can apply my skills that I will obtain from The Peer Lab at the volunteering programs.
The Joseph Moore Museum is Earlham’s on-campus museum. It hosts different events throughout the semester like Brain Explorers. Brain Explorers is an event where students provide hands-on exploration stations of the brain and nervous system. This year, we participated by having our disgust station. It was all part of our living lab model that connects the public more directly to the research process. Visitors are invited to participate in our ongoing studies. The disgust exhibit teaches visitors about some purposes of disgust (to keep us safe from things that could harm us), the difference between physical and moral disgust, and our body’s response when we feel disgust. Visitors then get to smell a variety of odors, some of which are nice and some of which are, well, disgusting! There is a mirror so that visitors can look at their facial expression when they find the gross smells!