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Student Spotlight – Zoua Lor


Zoua (Zozo) Lor

St. Olaf College, psychology

GSEF Fellow, Cohort 1
Research Placement: Michigan State University

"Having acquired two different off-campus summer research experiences now, I have learned a great amount about myself that I could not have learned otherwise"


How would you describe yourself in a few sentences?

I enjoy traveling and exploring public transportation. In my free time, I like to collect quotes and art projects on Pinterest.

What kind of research are you working on this summer? Who are you working with?

This summer, I had the privilege of conducting research with Dr. C. Emily Durbin in the Social and Personality Psychology Department at Michigan State University (MSU) as a participant in the Summer Research Opportunities Program. Our project focused on children’s perception of parent behavior in relation to parents’ beliefs about children’s emotions.

What part(s) of this experience will benefit you most? How so?

In addition to writing a research paper, creating an infographic, giving an oral presentation, and presenting at a poster symposium, I assisted with data collection as a part of an ongoing longitudinal study in Dr. Durbin’s lab since the 1980s. My responsibilities consisted of setting up experiment episodes, completing informed consent with family members, and interacting with children as an experimenter. Having acquired two different off-campus summer research experiences now, I have learned a great amount about myself that I could not have learned otherwise, and I have grown more confident in the academic and vocational interests that I will pursue in graduate school.

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