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Psychology, social work majors earn summer research internship

ISSUED: 27 April 2022

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Three Shepherd students have been selected to participate in a West Virginia University Aspiring Doctoral Scholars Research Colloquium June 2-July 28 in Morgantown.

Briel-Cristina Durand-Zara, a psychology major from Montgomery Village, Maryland, and Kitanna Rakestraw, a social work major, and Kiara Rakestraw, a psychology major, both from Uhrichsville, Ohio, will participate with other students enrolled in the WVU Psychology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Three students standing together looking at the camera in front of a tree.

Pictured (l. to r.) are Kitanna Rakestraw, Briel-Cristina Durand-Zara, and Kiara Rakestraw.

They will work with WVU faculty mentors to conduct laboratory research in behavioral science. Research projects will focus on questions related to behavioral pharmacology, prevention of relapse and maladaptive behavior, social behavior, and improving the efficacy of behavioral interventions. Other activities will include seminars, presenting at a multidisciplinary research symposium, skill workshops, and team-building adventures. The program provides a $4,000 stipend, free housing, and a meal allowance. Durand-Zara will also present her research findings at an undergraduate symposium on July 28.

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