Ramona Perry is a rising senior at Rutgers University where she majors in Communication and Psychology. As an undergraduate student Ramona has always been interested in learning about research, but has never found the time between class and working two jobs. She was excited about having the opportunity to train in research and learn about Graduate School through Project L/EARN. After applying to different research programs this summer including RISE (The Research in Science and Engineering program) at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Ramona decided Project L/EARN would best prepare for a career in research. One of the most important tools she believes the program offers is a pool of resources. She appreciates the opportunity to learn from professionals in all stages of their careers, stating that she “has taken away more than she could from another program.”
This summer Ramona worked with mentor Dr. Kathy Pottick, and considers the opportunity to work with such an accomplished researcher priceless. Working with such an experienced mentor has however, not stopped Ramona from exploring her own ideas and says of Dr. Pottick “she never makes me feel like my ideas are unimportant.” Her project this summer focuses on Systems of Care and exploring the factors that that make the system more or less effective in carrying out policy aims. Ramona’s own career goals include working in clinical psychology with children and work in behavioral pharmacology as it relates to terminal illnesses and drug use. She plans to attain her Behavioral Pharmacology Certificate and go unto pursue a Psy. D. or Ph.D.
Ramona credits the program with helping her decide that she definitely wants to go on to Graduate School, and helping her gain a greater appreciation for the work of researchers. After her ten week training Ramona feels encouraged and excited to pursue an advanced degree (Masters, Ph.D.) in psychology.