Coming from small town Louisiana, I came into Penn with zero research experience–and I mean zero. With a little luck–and a lot of support–I was able to start working with a mentor in the Wellbeing and Morality Lab who allowed me to grow into a self-sufficient research assistant. I was lucky enough to be able to join the Cultural Evolution of Language Lab through PURM in the summer of 2021 and design my own experiment in experimental semiotics on the sudden complexification of signals in a novel communication system.
This is your gentle reminder that getting into research at a big research institution is scary, and it is more than okay to seek out help from others who have overcome the same fears (or feel free to shoot me an email if you want to talk more about any projects I’m currently on)!
- Research Assistant, Solomon Labs: Dr. Geoff Goodwin, Social Psychology
- Research Assistant, Cultural Evolution of Language Lab: Dr. Gareth Roberts, Linguistics, PURM
- Senior Research Assistant, Wellbeing and Morality Lab: Dr. Jessie Sun, Moral Psychology
- SBSI Research Assistant Training Program