Brian Wallheimer | February 20, 2017
For Katie Paige and Laura Heiman, research hasn’t just shaped their undergraduate experiences—it’s shaped their futures, as well.
The two senior psychology majors have both gained significant research experience throughout their time at Notre Dame, writing senior theses and working closely with faculty members as they study topics ranging from depression to childhood development.
“These students stand out in terms of their commitment to service, even here at Notre Dame, where service is an important aspect of student life,” said Anré Venter, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology. “They both show tremendous intellectual maturity and curiosity, with an openness to learning and a willingness to take the responsibility for their education that is quite remarkable.”
Paige got her start in research the summer after her first year, when she worked in a lab at the University of Michigan focused on substance use and suicide. The experience shifted her interests from clinical work toward a research focus that has landed her in the labs of Professor David Watson, the Andrew J. McKenna Family Professor of Psychology; Laura Miller-Graff, the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Assistant Professor of Psychology; and Professor Anne Simons.