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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Shatice Jones
Project L/EARN Intern - 2011
Shatice Jones
The Effects of Appointment Defaults on Attitudes towards Influenza Vaccination
Gretchen Chapman

Shatice Jones, a Ronald E. McNair scholar, is a rising senior at Delaware State University, where she majors in Psychology. She is a member of various programs: National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, and the Delaware State University Honors Program. Shatice was encouraged by the Ronald. E. McNair program to apply to research based internship programs and thought Project L/EARN would be the perfect opportunity to “learn and earn.”

Recognizing the talent and work that go into Project L/EARN, Shatice notes that one of the best things about this internship program was the teaching assistants, directors and instructors’ dedication to ensuring that the interns completely understood the work and were willing to go the extra mile to help. In addition, she felt it was great to know that the staff was genuinely concerned about the well-being of the interns and were great support systems, especially through the difficulty of adjusting to the 9-5 schedule. Shatice also states that one of the most important things about the program is having alumni involved because it allows interns see what they could accomplish one day. She plans on becoming a clinical psychologist and to one day have her own practice.

This summer, Shatice worked with Dr. Gretchen Chapman on a project evaluating the effects of appointment defaults on attitudes towards influenza vaccination. She credits Dr. Chapman for all of the support she provided in understanding the material and applying them to her own project. From this experience, Shatice believes she has gotten training critical to her academic and personal development and believes she will be a step ahead of many of her academic peers.

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