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2016 Laura Bolton Award Recipients

Laura Bolton's generosity made it again possible to help support undergraduate students in their summer research projects. This year two awards are being given to the following recipients:

Melissa Coffel, Cognition and Brain Lab
Melissa Coffel

Melissa received training on the intricacies of Electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment and Event Related Potential (ERP) components in psycholinguistic studies that involved older adult subjects.

“I would like for my undergraduate thesis to be on language comprehension in aging so my direct role in this project over the summer has provided for essential training experiences to prepare me for my goal to become an independent researcher. Your gift has also inspired me to continue to keep giving back to my community as I hope to develop a research award someday as well.”

Dahyeon Kang, Alcohol Research Lab
Dahyeon Kang

Dahyeon worked on a meta-analysis project with Assistant Professor Catharine Fairbairn. The research will be presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference next year. The meta-analysis is about the relationship between attachment styles and substance abuse in longitudinal studies.

“I am looking forward to further develop as a researcher through this summer experience as it is my career goal to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I am graduating one year early, and I am going to apply for graduate schools this fall. So this summer period is very important for me, and I am again very grateful that I do not have to worry about my living costs in Champaign during this summer. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

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