Amy AndersonYear in School: Senior
Major/Department: Psychology and Sociology, with an emphasis in Anthropology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Diane Filion, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
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Why is undergraduate research important to you?
Undergraduate research is important to me because it allows me to work closely in a research environment with a team of people. By working closely with a research team, I am learning valuable skills that I will need in my future endeavors, such as being a leader and learning how to cooperate with my peers as well as my mentors. Research also helps push me one step forward to my dream goal- receiving a Ph.D in Clinical Child Psychology. Clinical Ph.D programs are, admittedly, very hard to get into. Due to PhD's being research-based, having research experience in your background can be helpful towards being accepted into a Clinical PhD program, or any PhD program for that matter.
How did you find your mentor?
As a student majoring in Psychology, one of the required classes is Experimental Psychology. Dr. Filion was my professor. Her class taught me so much about conducting experiments and her enthusiastic teaching caught my attention. Although our research interests do not match up 100%, she accepted me into her Psych 490, or Individual Research, class so that I might gain the skills necessary for my future and expand my research interests.
How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
When I first began working under the direction of Dr. Filion, I worked on a study that was currently in progress. However, when the time came for the Undergraduate Research Symposium, Dr. Filion approached me about doing my own study that coincides with the research I was already doing. She found an interesting journal article regarding Total Sleep Deprivation and its effects on sensorimortor gating, however no studies could be found on Chronic Partial Sleep Deprivation as it relates to sensorimotor gating. We decided we'd give it a shot. Results are preliminary, but they look promising and we are all very excited!