Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab
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Elizabeth Hietpas

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, Psychology
Hometown: State College, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I had the opportunity to work as an undergraduate research assistant in the Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab under the guidance of principal investigator, Dr. Dennis. I assisted Psychology graduate students with their data collection and analysis. While most of my work could be accomplished remotely, I did have the opportunity to work in the lab on a regular basis.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This opportunity has enhanced my skills with data manipulation and furthered my understanding of excel. I have learned more about memory and brain imaging and I am excited to apply this knowledge to my Psychology coursework in the fall.

"This helped me see that there are more experiences to offer if you don't restrict yourself to the classroom."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I was able to build relationships with driven and knowledgeable researchers in the field I am interested in that also serve as role models for my life after college. I know that if I decide to pursue a doctorate in Psychology, I will be able to obtain a personal letter of recommendation as well as assistance and guidance throughout the application process.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

The College of Liberal Arts helped me find this experience after having a class with Dr. Dennis, who is an Associate Professor of Psychology. This helped me see that there are more experiences to offer if you don't restrict yourself to the classroom.

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