On September 14th, 2021 we welcomed our Research Assistants back IN PERSON for the first time in a year and a half! Following CDC guidelines, our team was able to step foot in our recently renovated lab located on the third floor of the D building. This semester’s lab is smaller than usual, but we’re an experienced and enthusiastic group. Currently, we are focusing on planning and hosting our first ever Interdisciplinary Research Fair on GSU’s campus on November 4 & 5, 2021. We are actively recruiting students, faculty, and student organizations who are interested in volunteering, presenting, or hosting a table to recruit for their own research.
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Please contact our lab coordinator Jessica Beckmann at email@example.com with the subject line SDL Research Fair for more information or Research Assistant Daniel Kirby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the Interdisciplinary Research Fair, the lab is collaborating with Dr. Boland-Prom on a study about the responsibilities that state regulatory boards have to consumers in their public protection efforts. This study investigates the fields of clinical psychology, counseling, and social work. RAs involved in this project meet with Dr. Boland-Prom in addition to their weekly SDL lab meetings.
A second collaboration is with Dr. Danel Koonce. Drs. Koonce and Cipra are working with a small group of psychology and counseling faculty to investigate mentoring practices for pre-tenured Unit A faculty at Governors State University. The goal is to identify current mentoring practices as well as needed support for pre-tenured faculty.
This month’s lab spotlight is on Rachel Beckmann! Rachel is a senior pursuing an undergraduate degree in English with a double minor in Marketing and Psychology. After graduation, Rachel plans to pursue a Master’s degree in communication, Media, and Performance. Her career aspirations are to become a writer, designer, or photographer in brand marketing. Rachel has been involved with the SDL for three years with research interests in social expectations, personal influences, and decision-making. Outside of the lab Rachel is a tutor, marketing intern, and a designer for GSU;s Art & Literary Journal Reconstructed.
As a side note: Dr. Cipra’s first textbook was recently published. It is an e-book titled An Introduction to Critical Thinking & Research Writing in the Social Sciences and is published by Kendall Hunt.Lab Recommended Reads: