Texas Tech University

Engaged Scholar: Erica Barhorst

Engaged Scholar: Erica Barhorst

The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) has been a great contributor to my success. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a Spanish minor and I was fortunate in the last two years of my undergraduate career to be involved in a substantial amount of research.

Texas Tech University promotes undergraduate research in such a way that allows any student to participate in research. I worked as a research fellow in the Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowship program where I wrote an Honors Thesis, worked in several labs as a research assistant, and participated in CALUE's Undergraduate Research Conference.

All of these activities contributed to my success of graduating Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors as the Honors' Banner Bearer. CALUE awarded me the Dr. Sarah Kulkofsky scholarship for work on my Honors Thesis about the spatial memory of dancers. With the help of the scholarship, I was able to purchase supplies and give compensation to my participants. With the help of CALUE's undergraduate research travel funds, I was able to travel to Chicago to present my research at a national psychology conference and have been given the opportunity to present my research at a conference in Toronto.

Without the help of the CALUE program and other research promoters on campus, I may not have all of these opportunities to research and travel. CALUE works hard to promote undergraduate research and I am indebted to their generosity and willingness to help with my success. I am so thankful for Texas Tech University and CALUE for providing me with such a solid foundation.