Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant
I am a senior at San Diego State University majoring in psychology with an emphasis in industrial-organizational psychology. Though I am not exactly sure which career I am going to pursue within the I-O field, I plan on attending a master’s program and getting a better idea of that once I am in graduate school and can learn more in-depth information about the different paths.
Being that it is my last semester at San Diego State University, I hope to get as much hands-on experience as I can with research. I am currently in my second semester of the STEPP lab and also Dr. Conte’s Personality Measurement Lab. Through being a research assistant, not only do I hope to learn more about the different phenomena being studied in the lab, but I also hope to learn as much as possible about how to properly conduct research and work with participants.
Because I am a minority and also a woman, the STEPP lab interested me because I would personally like to know more about what it is that steers women and minorities away from SEM majors. Growing up, I have noticed all of my family members and many other minorities being afraid of math and science. I feel as though minorities have untapped potential in regard to math and science, that they have not yet discovered but could if they pushed themselves to try it, despite its perceived level of difficulty. This is important to me because learning more about the causes of this issue could aid a great deal in both intervention and prevention. Being in this lab helps me feel as though I can contribute, even if it’s only a small part, to something I am closely passionate about.
BA May 2018 San Diego State University (Industrial and Organizational Psychology)