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Undergraduate Student Research Profiles: 2014

Bora Golijanin

Bora Golijanin
"It took until the last semester of my junior year to realize just how involved I could become in UVM’s hands-on research. It was then that I discovered the many opportunities offered to enhance and influence my knowledge of the science of psychology."

"I contacted Dr. William Falls and shortly thereafter became a member of his laboratory working closely with Ph.D. student Brendan Hare. The lab is part of the biobehavioral cluster; we are working hard to strengthen the link between behavior and biology. We examine the effects of exercise and stress in many contexts, constantly expanding of our repertoire. We are currently examining the effects of stress and exercise on anxiety like behavior. At present our focus is on the protein glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta, its relation to double strand DNA breaks in the brain, and how DNA breaks may be related to stress pathology."

"My interests include effects of stress and exercise on cancer and tumor development, psychological effects of cancer, consequences of common cancer treatments, as well as cognitive effects of cancer. I plan to remain a part of the research team in Dr. Falls’ laboratory, while exploring and pursuing my other interests and working towards my continued education in the field of psychology."

Anne Maheux

Anne Maheux
"I am a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in nutrition. I began working in the Social Development Lab with Dr. Dianna Murray-Close the fall of my sophomore year, initially as a research assistant and now as an assistant project coordinator. I conduct semi-structured interviews, engage participants in tasks measuring stress physiology, manage data collection, and supervise research assistants in the research process. Although initially I intended to pursue a career as a clinician, my engagement in the Social Development Lab has piqued an interest in the development and understanding of new knowledge in the field of psychology."

" My research interests focus on positive psychology, wellness, and self-actualization. I am interested in seeking out new ways to understand and prevent disorders and maladaptive behavior before they manifest. I am currently collecting data for my honors thesis, which will focus on the buffering effects of self compassion for individuals who may be at a high risk for anxiety problems. I am very fortunate to work in the Social Development Lab where I have access to physiology equipment, and can thus expand my research to both psychological and physiological symptoms of anxiety. My other research interests are broad, including gratitude, existentialism, mindfulness, health, development, and women and motherhood."

"In the spring of 2014 I will be in Denmark studying Positive Psychology through the Danish Institute of Study Abroad. I plan to spend a few years after graduation exploring my research interests and gaining applied experience before pursuing a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology."

Erin Roelke

Erin Roelke
"I am a senior neuroscience major with a minor in psychology. I began working in Dr. Jom Hammack's Laboratory in January of 2012 in the first semester of my junior year. The Hammack Laboratory is part of the biobehavioral research cluster within the UVM psychology department and has a focus on the neurobiology of stress and emotional processing. Upon joining the lab, I began assisting with research exploring the relationship between stress-related neuropeptides and endocrine stress responding. I learned many scientific techniques, including stereotaxic brain cannulation surgery, perfusion, slicing and staining of brain tissue, enzyme linked immunoassay kit analysis, and infusion drug delivery. This work would then become the body of my honors thesis, which I completed and defended in December of 2013."

"I have also had the opportunity to teach new members of the lab techniques that I have learned and used over the years. I will graduate in December of 2013 and after graduation, I plan to continue to work as a lab tech within Dr. Hammack's Laboratory. Through my research experience, I have had many opportunities to learn and expand my knowledge about the fields of neuroscience and psychology. I enjoy investigating empirical questions and learning scientific techniques. Ultimately, I hope to apply to graduate or medical school and pursue a career related to neuroscience."

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