Katie Pickworth

Year:
2013
Major:
Psychology with Neuroscience concentration; member, Institute for Healthcare Professions
Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio
Career:
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholar, which includes two years' employment at NIH upon graduation
Katie was selected for Albion's Student Research Partners Program before she even began her first semester.

I have been interested in research since high school. The Student Research Partners Program was a large part of the reason I selected Albion. Having a paid research position is pretty remarkable.

She worked with psychology professor Andrew Christopher in his research on the relationship between conscientiousness and risk-taking.

Katie has since taken her research interest to the next level.

She's trying to find psychological and neurological triggers that can be linked to obesity. In between her junior and senior years, she explored just that alongside some of the brightest minds around at the National Institutes of Health. As an NIH Undergraduate Scholar, she returns to Maryland after graduation for a second 10-week internship, followed by two years of employment at the agency.

Meanwhile, graduation comes on the heels of her senior thesis, which examines the treatment of anorexia nervosa in the United States.

Research isn't a chore or a job. It's something I want to do.

Take It Further: Psychological Science, Neuroscience, Institute for Healthcare Professions, Student Research Partners Program