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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Every semester, one of the LaSSI directors teaches the Experimental Research in Sociology class. This is a combined graduate/undergraduate course that teaches students research ethics, theory, experimental design, experimental procedures, and data interpretation. It is a non-traditional format class; after several weeks of training, the students work as researchers in current and ongoing experimental projects in the laboratory. Nearly all of the undergraduate students in the lab were recommended by their professors from other courses, and all underwent an interview process before gaining admission into the class. They are an exceptional group of scholars.

Current Undergraduate Researchers:

Aahana Shankaran 

2nd Year Undergraduate

Major: Cellular Biology

Minors: Sociology


Arissa Shepherd (She/Her)

2nd Year Undergraduate

Majors: Sociology and History

Minors: African American studies and Sustainability certificate 


Grace Guidera (She/Her)

4th Year Undergraduate 

Majors: Economics and Sociology

Minor: Fashion Merchandising 


Iyana Stringer

Senior Undergraduate

Majors: Psychology and African American Studies 

Minors: Sociology and Korean Language and Literature


Jake Myler

4th Year Undergraduate

Majors: Psychology and Sociology 



Krista Kennedy 

3rd Year Undergraduate

Major: Psychology

Minors: Sociology and American Sign Language


Lydia Nickell

3rd Year Undergraduate

Majors: Psychology (AEO Neuroscience) and Sociology

Minor: Human Services 


Makayla L. Stephens 

4th Year Undergraduate

Major: Psychology

Minors: Sociology and Human Development 


Ostara Maharaj 

3rd Year Undergraduate

Majors: Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Spanish




Sarah Ozio

3rd Year Undergraduate

Majors: Social work and Sociology



Taylor Daniel

4th Year Undergraduate

Majors: Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Political Science 

Minor: International Affairs 


Tiffany Powell

4th Year Undergraduate

Major: Sociology (AOE Sociological Methodology)