From Conference Presentations to Grad School Applications
Sarah Pekoc ('13) conducted research last year as a Provost Fellow with the mentorship of Dr. Christine Li-Grining in the Psychology department. Their research explored "linkages between self-regulation and delinquency during early adolescence among low-income children." Sarah presented her research at two national conferences, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Sarah graduated in May and is currently working as a research assistant in a psychology lab at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University as she prepares to apply for graduate school this fall. Here's Sarah's story in her own words.
"Research developed as an interest of mine after taking developmental psychology. I began volunteering in a psychology lab, and within two years, I was participating in two labs and presenting my own research at conferences. I presented my own project on linkages between children’s self-regulation and delinquency for the National Council for Undergraduate Research, and a poster on the relation between preschoolers’ socioemotional adjustment and academic achievement for the Society for Research and Child Development. My experiences helped me develop into a methodical thinker, which will greatly aid me as I apply to doctoral programs in clinical psychology. I can't begin to express my gratitude for all of the ways LUROP has helped me gain research experience!"