For Elizabeth Gentry, class of 2014, the chance to work elbow-to-elbow with faculty researchers and practice real-world scientific skills and techniques has been a highlight of her academic experience at Emory & Henry.
A recipient of the College’s Friends of the Sciences Honors Research Fellowship, Gentry spent the past summer conducting research with faculty and graduate students at Georgia State University in the Department of Psychology’s Violence Against Women Prevention Lab. She gained hands-on experience conducting data analyses and literature reviews, preparing conference presentations and manuscripts for publication, and programming an online survey for a federally funded research project. She’s currently co-authoring a paper with her fellow scholars.
“These research opportunities are so competitive—I wouldn’t have been in the running without my experiences at Emory & Henry,” says Gentry, noting that a personal connection between one of her E&H professors and her research supervisor at Georgia State helped to make the summer fellowship possible. “The summer research experience will make my graduate school applications more competitive. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity.”
Gentry, who dreams of opening her own private counseling practice and someday starting a domestic violence shelter in her community, credits Emory & Henry’s close-knit environment with laying the foundation for preparing her for graduate school and her future career.
"My professors at Emory & Henry have been so supportive,” she says. “You really have to work hard here, but that personal experience of getting to know your professors is unique. I feel comfortable visiting my professors in their office and asking questions. It will be hard to leave Emory & Henry in the spring.”
Hometown: Millboro, Va.
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Extra-curricular Activities at Emory & Henry:
Teaching Assistant, Psychology and other areas
Cardinal Key Women’s Honor Society (President and National Secretary)
Psi Chi Honor Society/Undergraduate Psychology Association
Up til’ Dawn, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital charity (Executive Director)
Greek Council of Emory & Henry College Greek Life (President)
Pi Sigma Kappa Sorority (President)
Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Volunteer Lunch Buddy at Meadowview Elementary