Q: Thinking back in time, what were the things I did that you could attribute to your growth and progress?
Benjamin Panny (currently working in Dr. Price’s lab at U. of Pittsburg)
1) The opportunity to train and offer advice to new research assistants during meetings was interesting. 2) Thanks for inviting me to become more involved in your research by doing a poster presentation. It reduced a lot of uncertainty about what the research world is like and gave me a wider view of what the field of modern psychology looks like outside of a classroom and singular lab setting. 3) Spoke about what we did and why we did it (I remember that time you printed handouts for us with a self-report questionnaire for autonomy-supportive vs. controlling contexts), which made me feel more confident in doing research by seeing what a good source is for testable predictions. 4) Other lab meetings where I got to ask about how you actually prepare and organize execution of your studies. 5) With my honors thesis, emphasizing the grounding of concepts with data and predictions with methods and previous literature.
One of the best features of your mentorship was the emphasis you put on making sure everyone had a clear understanding of the task and the results of your experiment. While working for you I felt invested in the experiment and like I learning throughout, instead of simply working as an RA. You have great leadership skills and really made me feel like I was part of a team. As a current graduate student recruiting RAs for my own experiments, I hope to establish similar norms and mentor future graduate students.
Realistic methods of goal setting, understanding the integrity and rigorous design of research methods as well as the support in practicing analytic thinking. You encouraged my growth and progress as an undergraduate researcher by supporting my individual thoughts and ideas and communicating effectively in order to support the challenge needed in order to grow. I recall feeling mutually respected, supported and optimally challenged while working with you.