Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging Lab
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Elizabeth Hietpas

Liberal Arts Major(s): Economics, Psychology
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Experience Time: Fall 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

After working as a research assistant in the Cognitive Aging and Neuroimaging lab over the summer, I was thrilled to come back for in-person work in the Fall. Under the guidance of Principal Investigator, Dr. Dennis, and the graduate students in the lab, I have had an active role in each step of the process from scheduling to testing the participants, as well as data collection and analysis.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This opportunity has enhanced my skills with data manipulation and furthered my understanding of excel. I am learning valuable analytical skills, as well as interpersonal skills by communicating with and working with a large variety of people in our studies. I have learned more about memory and brain imaging and I am excited to apply this knowledge to my Psychology coursework.

"I was able to build relationships with driven and knowledgeable researchers in the field I am interested in that will also serve as role models in my life after college."

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 will also serve as role models in 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 the 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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