Video: Psychology Major Interns with the National Institutes of Health

Author: Todd Boruff

“This internship has given me the opportunity to learn a lot of skills that are really valuable,” said Ashley Lawrence ‘14, a psychology major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.

During the summer of 2013, Lawrence interned in Baltimore at the Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Her project focused on the stress hormone cortisol and how it relates to age-related changes in brain volume. Her duties included running statistical analyses, writing code, and interpreting results.

“The Arts and Letters Summer Internship Program was integral to my ability to live here in Baltimore,” Lawrence said. The grant program provides funding to sophomores and juniors who accept internships throughout the U.S. and abroad.

“I am very, very grateful. This has been an amazing experience,” said Lawrence, who is set to begin a Ph.D. program in neuropsychology at the University of Arizona.

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