Year in School: Junior
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Diane Filion
Why is undergraduate research important to you?
Undergraduate research is important to me because it provides real world opportunities outside of the classroom. The experiences that you get during your undergraduate research allow you to develop yourself in your field of interest and allow you to better understand what you learn in your classes but in a real life applicable way. Research takes conceptual knowledge one step further into application. This is invaluable for you future as it allows you a deeper understanding, while also making you a competitive applicant for graduate school and giving you the professional connections to gain further experiences.
How did you find your mentor?
I am very fortunate in that I didn't necessarily find my mentor, but my mentor found me. I was taking a Sensation and Perception class with Professor Bryan Fox, and I was really engaged in the material. I had questions for him after every class, which resulted in us staying for an extra 5-20 minutes discussing something in that day's lecture. Professor Fox works in the Cognitive Psychophysiology Research Group for Dr. Diane Filion as he is in his last year of his PhD. After talking with him so much about my interest in the subject material, near the end of the semester he asked if I would be interested in working under Dr. Filion as well for the upcoming spring. After meeting Dr. Filion and the rest of the lab I knew that I had found an excellent opportunity.
How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
At the beginning of my research I was unsure of what I wanted to go into and what my special areas of interest were. Luckily, I had weekly meetings with Professor Fox to discuss the various opportunities and throw around ideas. He would give me different articles to read that allowed me to understand what had been done in the lab previously and what he was currently looking at in his research. The exact eureka moment came in one of our weekly meetings and things fell in place from there.