Okay, now it's time to meet Nana. She's a Psychology major, and she's going to tell us about Miami's innovative Honors Program and all the research opportunities that are available to undergrads. That's right, at Miami, More than 2800 undergraduate students conduct research each year. Nana, you are on.
Thank you, Alex. Hi, guys. So first off, I came to Miami because, being a first generation college student, I knew finances played a big role in the decision for me. I also knew that being a Psychology major research was going to have to be part of my college career. Miami offered me a generous amount of scholarship money, and also has numerous research opportunities. I simply cannot pass up the offer. Checking the box in my college application to be put in the Honors Program was a wise decision. I've had the opportunity to network with other students in the program, and also being in the program has motivated me to take initiative in my classes, and in my extracurricular activities. For example, one of the requirements of being in the Honors Program is to complete eight honors experiences. This could be through taking honors classes, being an an internship, or being an exec position. I first took on the challenge of completing honors courses, and though it was not easy, I was motivated by the drive that I have and wanting to do well in those classes. Next, I went in search of an executive board position and was happy to be accepted as the CO Modeling director of Miami University Fashion and Design. Each year we host one of the largest student run fashion shows in the nation. As I mentioned before, I knew I needed to begin my research. So as freshman year was coming to an end, I found the social motives lab on the psychology department website. In the lab, we conduct our research on the long standing prejudice that black people experienced less pain than new white counterparts. This can affect how we received medical treatment and how we're oppressed by our peers in general, and this can be very detrimental to our health. Last school year, I received the DUOS grant to further research in this topic. My topic specifically is race based likelihood in compensation and satisfaction, where we're measuring the differences between black people's likelihood to confront in a situation where they've been wrong, versus their white counterparts. My goal is for this research to shed more light on the effects of neglecting to acknowledge black people's pain. We hope to present the results in the spring. That sums up what I've been working on here. Over to you, Alex.
Great job Nana! Beginning research your first year of college is such a huge advantage if you're looking to get into top graduate programs. In fact, every spring Miami hosts the undergraduate research forum where students present their findings and it's a great way to create new knowledge and build connections in your field. Thanks again Nana. That was perfect.