Preparing the Next Generation of Researchers
Dr. Sharlene Newman serves in many
roles; Director, Professor, Associate Vice Provost and Campus Director for IN
LSAMP at Bloomington. These roles provide the foundation for a leader prepared
to train the next generation of researchers. Dr. Newman’s Cognitive
Neuroimaging Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain
Sciences provides an environment for students to engage with real world
problems. For more than a decade Dr. Newman has trained over 40 undergraduate
researchers. The IN
LSAMP award provided funds to expand her mentorship to undergraduate
research students supporting their development through graduation.
Deanna Molina, was accepted into the IN LSAMP summer research program in 2018. This intensive 10-week summer program at IU Bloomington provided financial support for 15 students to immerse in research with a faculty mentor. They received professional development to assist them in reaching their goal of either a STEM career or graduate program.
Students who participate in undergraduate research are more likely to continue on to graduate school, are more satisfied with their overall educational experience, and demonstrate greater problem-solving and research skills. Brownell, J. E., & Swaner, L. E. (2009).
The match of Deanna with Dr. Newman has been highly
successful. Deanna was invited as a spotlight research student at the Annual IN
LSAMP Research conference in October 2018. Her path as a researcher is still
thriving. She will travel to the Cognitive Neuroscience
Society Annual Meeting in March where she
will present her research, The impact of
video game play on memory: an fMRI study.