Hands On with U. Michigan Health Services: Erin Davis' Summer Internship

Erin DavisAs a member of the Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and with a concentration in human services, it's no wonder Erin Davis wanted an internship that could give her a wide array of experiences. "I've always been interested in helping others and it was nice to get an internship in which I could see things firsthand and work with college students at the same time," Davis said.

NIH Scholar Pickworth, '13, Hopes to Find Neurological Clues to Obesity

Albion College Katie Pickworth, '13The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that about one-third of American adults are obese. Albion College junior Katie Pickworth hopes to use funding from the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program to determine if there are psychological and neurological triggers that can be linked to the condition.

Zabel, '09, Discovers Path in Psychological Science at Albion

Kevin Zabel, '09, is weighing his graduate school options while serving as the academic program coordinator for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture.Kevin Zabel, ’09, thought he wanted to pursue a career as an investment manager during his days as a student at Albion College. He had an interest in psychology, too, and thought that an understanding of the relationship between one’s need for novel experiences and acceptance of investment risk could potentially provide direction when presenting a portfolio to a client.

Although Zabel didn’t pursue work as a financial adviser – he’s currently serving as the academic program coordinator for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture and weighing his graduate school options – his research on the topic turned into a 93-page senior thesis, and a condensed version was published in the December 2009 edition of the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Albion psychology faculty Drew Christopher, Mareike Wieth, and Jacque Carlson were also listed as authors of the paper in the journal.

Students Shine at National Psychology Conferences

Amanda Tilot, '09November is the month for psychologists to gather, and Albion College students distinguished themselves among present and future peers at two national conferences last month. Thirteen Albion students attended the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference in San Diego, with students Amanda Tilot (left) and Cindy Cardwell giving poster presentations at that conference. "It's pretty uncommon for an undergraduate to present research among the world's best neuroscientists," noted psychology professor Tammy Jechura.

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