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What years did you participate in UROP?
Fall 2013 - Winter 2015
What UROP Program(s) were you a part of?
UROP and Research Scholars
What made you choose UROP?
I was looking for opportunities for my work-study and I discovered that UROP would count. I saw it as an amazing opportunity to build new skills and try something new while also fulfilling my work-study requirements.
What do you think you have learned from your UROP experience?
Most importantly, I learned that research was a passion of mine! I also learned many skills that I still use in my research today (e.g. how to conduct a literature review, how to work with participants in a lab, how to design an experiment, etc.).
What is the extent to which you have kept in contact with your Research Mentor?
I don't keep in regular contact with either of my mentors.
How did your UROP experience shape or inform the next steps you took in your academic and professional journey?
UROP completely shaped the next steps I took in both my academic and professional journey. The UROP program helped me discover that I really loved conducting research - it was something that I'd never had exposure to, and I realized that I loved coming up with questions about the world and setting out to answer them through research. After completing both UROP and Research Scholars, I decided for certain that I wanted to apply to PhD programs after my time at Michigan so I could begin a research stream of my own. As a psychology major, I was interested in how psychology could be applied to studying individuals and groups in the workplace, so I decided to pursue a path in Organizational Behavior. I continued to work as a research assistant throughout the remainder of my time at Michigan and I tailored my coursework towards building skills that would be helpful for grad school (e.g. statistics, programming, and management & organizations courses). I'm currently working on my PhD in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School and would like to be a professor after graduating so that I can continue behavioral science research as a life-long career.
What advice would you give to a current UROP student?
Try to learn as much from your mentors as you can! Even if you don't decide to pursue research in the future, the skills you'll learn might be applicable in some way in the future!
What are some recent publications or accomplishments that you are proud of?
No publications as of yet. Proud to have gotten into grad school!