FURSCA Feature: Emma Schaff, '14

Your Major:

Psychology and Spanish

Your Adviser:

Mareike Wieth and Andrea Francis

Briefly explain your FURSCA project.

My project examines the relationship between creativity and pronoun use, if such a relationship even exists.

What have you learned so far in doing your research?

I learned that though research has the reputation of being monotonous and difficult, it can actually be really interesting and applicable to many other areas of life outside your field.

Why did you pick this particular project?

Being a double major, I am always looking for opportunities to connect my areas of study and found the project that moved in the direction of doing just that. When combined with the interests of my advisers, we created a project that interested all of us.

How will this FURSCA project help you after Albion?

This project has been incredibly beneficial for exposing me to the elements of what doing good research means. The knowledge I have gained this summer will be invaluable at grad school and beyond. I feel better prepared to take the steps needed to achieve my academic and career goals.

What's next for your project?

The foundation I have built this summer will serve to inform my Honors thesis that I will work on throughout my senior year. I also hope to do an Elkin Isaac Symposium presentation on it.

Looking back, how has the project worked out?

The project didn't get the results I had expected, but I've definitely had fun in the process despite that. Participants were asked to tell stories in my study and it was quite amusing to listen to all of them. Psychology in general has always fascinated me, so it was very rewarding to be able to investigate topics that were relevant as well as interesting to me personally.