Lisa VanderVoort

Lisa VanderVoort
2011
Major: 
Psychology and Mathematics
Minor: 
Applied Statistics and Educational Studies
Activities: 
Kappa Delta Sigma, QRC Mentor, Admissions Ambassador, Omicron Delta Kappa, Psi Chi, Reachout Crisis Hotline

When I came to St. Lawrence, I knew right away that I wanted to major in Psychology. The first psychology class that I took was Research Methods, and it turned out to be one of my favorites!

I loved the idea of being able to conduct my own research with a faculty member during my senior year and it also inspired me to be a Statistics minor. The subsequent Psychology classes I took proved to be just as interesting, ranging from Infancy to Memory and Cognition to Cultural Psychology to Clinical. In the Psychology Department, I loved how class sizes are small so you get to know the other students in the department and in labs you're able to practice and experiment with the topics you're learning about simultaneously in class. I also found other ways to get involved with the department, such as being a TA, joining Psi Chi and serving as a student representative on a search committee.

During the summer of 2009, I studied abroad in Denmark and took a class on children with special needs through the Psychology and Child Development Program at DIS. We compared the beliefs and practices associated with children with special needs between Denmark and the US. In addition to class, we visited various schools and centers for both children and adults with special needs and completed an internship at one of these sites. This was one of my most memorable experiences involving psychology.

I worked on a senior research project with another honor's student, Dr. Alan Searleman and Dr. Serge Onyper. I am currently participating in Teach For America where I teach high school math in Chicago, IL.