According to the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major:
"Goal 5: Professional Development
The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. Foundation-level outcomes concentrate on the development of work habits and ethics to succeed in academic settings. The skills in this goal at the baccalaureate level refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school. These skills can be developed and refined both in traditional academic settings and in extracurricular involvement. In addition, career professionals can be enlisted to support occupational planning and pursuit. This emerging emphasis should not be construed as obligating psychology programs to obtain employment for their graduates but instead as encouraging programs to optimize the competitiveness of their graduates for securing places in the workforce.
5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
5.3 Refine project-management skills
5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity
5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation"
American Psychological Association. (2013). APA guidelines for the undergraduate psychology major. Washington, CD: Author. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/psymajor-guidelines.pdf.
Researcher, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) ~ September 2017-July 2018
- Student Researcher, Roanoke College ~ January 2014-May 2017
- Intern, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) ~ May 2016-August 2016
- Qualitative Analyst, Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia ~ January 2016-July 2016
List of Research Projects: (*Indicates Research Advisor)
- Shields, S.M., Lattenkamp, E.Z., Linnenschmidt, M., & Wiegrebe, L.* (September 2017-present). Vocal Repertoire of Phyllostomid Bats, P. discolor.
Shields, S.M., Nichols, D.F.* (August 2016-present). Computational Modeling of Interocular Suppression Over Time.
- Nichols, D.F.*, Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E. (January 2016-July 2016). NVivo Analysis of Online Community-Based Learning Environment Sessions for Veterans who have Brain Injuries.
- Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., Muntz, T., Applebaugh, D., Nichols, D.F.* (Spring 2016). Are EEG Caps Worth the Investment? An Evaluation of EEG Methods in Undergraduate Neuroscience Laboratory Courses and Research.
- Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., Nichols, D.F.* (Fall 2014-Fall 2015). Exploration of Methodological and Participant-Related Influences on the Number of Artifacts in ERP Data.
- Nichols, D.F.*, Shields, S.M., Morse, C.E., Arrington, P. (Spring 2014). Exploration of the Influence of Smiling on Initial Reactions Across Levels of Facial Attractiveness.
International Travel Courses:
Course entitled “Neuroscience Seminar in Germany” (27 May-23 June 2015)
- Led by Dr. Christopher Korey and Dr. Michael Ruscio of the College of Charleston.
- Traveled to Berlin (27 May-13 June) and Munich (13 June-23 June).
- Visited Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin (joint institution of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin), the Munich Center for Neurosciences – Ludwig-Mazimillians-Universität (MCN-LMU), and Max Planck Institute for Ornithology.
- Learned from leading researchers and their students through lectures, laboratory tours, and demonstrations.
Course entitled “Political Religions in Europe: Fascism, Nazism, Marxism” (11-31 May 2014)
- Led by Dr. Paul Hinlicky of Roanoke College.
- Traveled to Slovakia (Bratislava, Martin, and Veľký Slavkov), Austria (Vienna), the Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest), and Poland (Auschwitz).
- Discussed the concept of political religions and how the term applied to Fascism, Marxism, and Nazism as well as the effects of these so-called religions, how they developed, and the possibility of future totalitarian governments arising.
Course entitled “Heroic Women of the Holocaust” (2-13 January 2014)
- Led by Dr. Barbara Hassell through Hollins University.
- Traveled to Germany (Munich, Dachau, Füssen, and Schwangau) and Austria (Salzburg).
- Discussed German culture and history, resistance to the Nazi movement, and the impact of particular women.