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Summer Research Internships at Yale for 15 Sewanee Students

Sewanee students presented the research results of their 2014 summer internships at a July 25 poster session on the Yale campus.  Each student worked under the dedicated Mentsor-ship of one or more professionals.  During the preceding eight weeks the students also gathered several times each week in discussion sessions that included interns from other colleges.

For more than 15 years now, select Sewanee students have had the opportunity to spend 8 weeks as summer research interns at the Yale Child Study Center and Yale School of Medicine.  And so it was that in early June, fifteen Sewanee students made their way to New Haven:

  • Cortez Brown ’16 (Biology major),
  • James CarMichael ’15 (Biology major),
  • Aimee Chase ’14 (Psychology major, Environmental Studies minor),
  • Matson Conrad ’16 (Economics major, Chemistry minor),
  • Hallie Crosby ’16 (Biochemistry major, Neuroscience minor),
  • Angelica De Freitas ’15 (Biology major, Spanish minor),
  • Simey Emerson Hernandez ’16 (Biology major, Neuroscience minor),
  • Olivia Glascoe ’16,
  • Christopher Horacek ’16 (Biology major),
  • Natalie Jones ’14 (Psychology major),
  • Daxi Liang ’15 (Psychology major),
  • Megan Mastey ’16 (Biology major),
  • Shelby Monahan ’15 (Psychology major, Art minor, Women’s and Gender Studies minor),
  • Colton Treadwell ’16 (Psychology major, Art major), and    
  • Litton Whitaker ’16 (Biology major).

During their time at Yale, these students worked on research projects under the mentorship of dedicated Yale faculty with shared interests. Projects spanned many areas, as is evident from the list of poster titles below. The Sewanee cohort gathered several times each week along with summer interns from other institutions.

  • Cortez Brown and Colton Treadwell:  Cognitive Development of Executive Functions
  • James CarMichael:  Assessment of Biological Motion of Infants Via Stimulus of Markerless Point Light Displays
  • Aimee Chase:  IICAPS and Polyvictimization:  an investigation of clients with trauma history, and its possible effects on recidivism, problem severity, and overall functioning
  • Matson Conrad:  Preference Reversal in Experimental Procedures
  • Hallie Crosby:  Predicting Mentalizing Abilities in Adolescents with N170 Amplitude and Latency
  • Angelica De Freitas:  Links in speech perception deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and speech and sound disorders
  • Simey Emerson:  Cognitive Abnormalities in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Olivia Glascoe:  Minding the Baby® Program Evaluation from the Perspective of Participating Mothers
  • Christopher Horacek:  Exome sequencing in Tourette syndrome
  • Natalie Jones:  Design of Evaluation Methodology for the Qualitative Assessment of User Experiences on a Smart Phone Interview to Prevent Postpartum Depression
  • Daxi Liang:  Novel Metrics to Assess Clinical Trial Site Performance
  • Megan Mastey:  E-Cigarette Use in Adolescent Smokers
  • Shelby Monahan:  Head Movement in Children:  Using Movies to Reduce Motion in Functional MRI
  • Colton Treadwell and Cortez Brown:  Changes in Executive Function with Maturation
  • Litton Whitaker:  Relationships between Characterization Assessments and Emotional Attention in Typically Developing Adults

Linda Mayes, M.D., Sewanee class of 1973, offered a summer internship at the Yale Child Study Center to one Sewanee student in 1996.  While after almost two decades the program is still organized by Dr. Mayes and virtually all mentors have some affiliation with The Child Study Center, many of the 2014 research professionals have ties with other entities:

These summer internships are solely experiential, no academic credit;  those participating in 2013, 2012, and 2011.  The more intensive (a contiguous semester in addition to the summer at Yale) Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program carries a full semester of academic credit.