The Emerald Newsletter | Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Fall 2015 - Page 5


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Summer Internship at the Stanford University School of Medicine

By Anabel Razo, UC Merced Colony

After graduating in the Spring semester of 2015, serving my last academic semester as not only an Active sister of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., I had the honor and privilege to serve as the Colony's first President before the completion of my degree. Through the organization, I was able to capitalize on skills and characteristics that allowed me to successfully submit an application, along with cover letter, and interview for an internship position at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Thus, this summer, I was able to apply my degree of Psychology with a minor in Sociology through the position of a Research Intern in my lab. I worked directly under Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a Developmental Psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University.

During my ten weeks of working with this amazing research lab, I was able to be actively involved in the process of thinking critically to create and assemble questions that would be used in the research project that focused on adolescents' risk perceptions of a multitude of tobacco products, in which I was able to utilize a psychosocial perspective to craft and analyze data. Along with the mechanics of data entry of over 800 adolescents residing in the state of California, I was exposed to multiple meetings with doctors and researchers across the country for an insight on the importance of research, primarily in the Health field. Furthermore, I was also able to travel on behalf of my Stanford Lab to Washington D.C. to mentor and attend a National Conference at the National Institute of Health (NIH) for adolescents across the country who wished to pursue a career in the biomedical field. As I wrap up an amazing and life-changing experience at the Stanford lab, I am also contributing to a medical research article on Adolescents' Perceptions of the Addictive and Pharmacological Effects of Tobacco Products, which will be published this Fall. I am thankful for this opportunity, not only will it allow me to be published in an academic journal, but also has given me the skills to the dynamics of literature reviews, research articles, and critical thinking. As I move forward, I hope to pursue a Masters in Public Health in order to continue my passion and commitment for my community through the impact of research.

Anabel was born and raised in East Palo Alto, CA. She has a passion for uplifting others, giving back to her community, and photography.

Anabel Razo is an alumnae of the University of California, Merced Colony and a Charter

Class sister. Anabel was recently awarded with the Undergraduate of the Year Award at

conference in

Chicago, IL.

By Greater Texas Founation

Greater Texas Foundation recently announced the newest class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows (GTF Fellows), a three-year program to build research and teaching capacity of tenure-track faculty at Texas colleges working in areas related to student success. The four fellows will each receive

up to $30,000 per year for three years to support a research agenda aligned with the foundation’s mission to support postsecondary preparation, access, persistence, and completion for Texas students.

This year’s GTF Fellows include:

Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, College of Education, The University of Texas at Arlington.

Taryn is an alumnae of the Alpha Epsilon & a graduate of Baylor University for undergrad & graduate school and received her PhD from UT Austin. She is currantly an Assistant Professor at UT Arlington.

Greater Texas Foundation Announces 2015 Class of GTF Fellows