March 4, 2014
Tagged: Derner School of Psychology, Center for Career and Professional Development, Adelphi University

Emerging Scholars Excel at Derner and Beyond


by Jeffrey Weisbord

The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies’ Emerging Scholars Program gives select undergraduates the opportunity to engage in original research with faculty mentors. Through the yearlong program, students gain the skills and experience to excel in graduate education and beyond.

“One of the greatest benefits of Emerging Scholars is the formation of a mentor-type relationship between a researcher in our department and a student,” said Professor Francine Conway, M.A. ’96, Ph.D. ’99, chair of the undergraduate psychology department and a founder of the Emerging Scholars Program. With guidance from their faculty mentors, students have the opportunity to present their work professionally at national conferences. Faculty mentors also guide students in terms of professional identity and career choice. “This experience really prepares our students to be competitive when applying to doctoral programs,” Dr. Conway said.

Meet two former Emerging Scholars:

Crista Gallo

Crista Gallo ’13

As an Emerging Scholar, she collaborated with Professor Joel Weinberger, Ph.D., in designing and conducting research on phobias.

» View Crista’s Profile

Brendan Graziano

Brendan Graziano ’11

“The Emerging Scholars Program helped me to develop this valuable professional relationship, which still exists today.”

» View Brendan’s Profile

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Tagged: Derner School of Psychology, Center for Career and Professional Development, Adelphi University