Jennifer Lugris is a rising junior at Rutgers College, where she is a double major in Sociology and Psychology, with a minor in French. Having grown up in North Bergen, NJ, Jennifer is an only child born to a Korean mother and Uruguayan father, who spend their time leisure traveling all over the globe.
Jennifer came to Rutgers intending to study Communication. As she began taking required electives for Rutgers College, she became fascinated with Sociology, which prompted her to change her major. She first became interested in research when working on the Sophomore Aresty research assistant internship, where she was initially matched up with her Project L/EARN mentor, Dr. Helene Raskin White. In this project, she helped to analyze data assessing whether a brief written-feedback intervention declines students’ alcohol use.
Jennifer strives to strike a balance between work and fun. She likes working “fast and hard,” but appreciates the need to enjoy life as well. In her spare time, she paints, plays the guitar, reads, and travels. Jennifer hopes to find a strong graduate program in a city that will allow her to experience culture and nightlife.
This summer, Jennifer worked with Dr. White and Dr. Eun Young Mun (an Assistant Professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies and the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology) on a project examining the effect of incarceration on mental health problems among male juveniles. Jennifer plans to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental or clinical psychology, and hopes to continue doing research on mental health problems. Jennifer suggests that future Project L/EARN interns “be serious about work, learn to laugh when times are rough, and [they’ll] do great.”