Diversity Recruitment and Retention Lab
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Yufei Zhong

Major: Psychology
Hometown: China

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this enrichment opportunity via the emails sent to us by the College of the Liberal Arts. The college gives out plenty of opportunities each semester that truly help students within the college learn and gain knowledge besides classroom material.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The funding was given out to me in wage form for working in the lab, and it set the working hours and rates for me. This motivated me throughout the summer, and I did excellent work for the lab, including literature review, sorting, data collection, coding, and article critique. One of many benefits of working on campus is the absence of travel expense, but rent and daily expenses were high. The funding was extremely helpful in that it helped cover my rent and daily expenses during the summer, which eliminated my worries about financial issues and helped me be more focused on the work I was doing.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Everyone who majors in psychology knows the importance of working in a lab. Being a lab member brings about a huge amount of benefits that I did not expect to have, especially the careful preparation it provided for graduate school. The summer of working in lab impacted me a lot academically: it familiarized me with the graduate school application process, prepared me to work as a graduate student, and alleviated the overwhelmed feelings that I got when thinking about graduate school. My experience working in a lab this summer made me feel confident and well-prepared for the upcoming application season.

My experience working in a lab this summer made me feel confident and well-prepared for the upcoming application season.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goal is to get a PhD and work in academia. Before working in the lab, I was not entirely sure about my career plan because I did not know if I liked doing research and working with data. But now, I feel certain about this career goal and am constantly working toward it. This experience started me early on my career goal because it familiarized me with research methods, data collection, empirical article searches, and idea generation. The lab taught me knowledge and skills that are only taught in graduate school, which will make me more competitive among the grad school candidates that I will be competing with.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes I would definitely recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students. The opportunities that the college offers us are hugely beneficial and motivating if you find the right position. If you find the position, the college will do its best to support you and help you make the most of it.

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