Lauren Helton will graduate in May from Thomas More College with a B.A. in Psychology. She has been accepted into Ph.D. neuroscience programs at The Ohio State University and the University of Louisville. Next fall she will attend Ohio State with a graduate assistantship and full tuition support. In the summer of 2011 Lauren was selected for an internship in the Pharmacology Department at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. There she was involved in research on an animal model of post-myocardial infarction and depression. Her summer experiences culminated in the opening presentation at the Midwest/Great Lakes Undergraduate Research Symposium in Neuroscience. Lauren is currently engaged in research examining predictors of competitiveness in college-aged men including pre-natal testosterone exposure (measured by finger-length), masculinity (as measured by the Bem Androgyny Scale), and the presence or absence of gender threat. This research will be presented at the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference in April. Her outstanding intellectual capacity is shown by the fact that she scored at the 100th percentile on the Psychology Major Field test.
Lauren has been an organizer and a leader in the Psychology Club, Psi Chi, and a member of the state-champion Psychology Bowl team. Lauren has been very active in student government and was elected Vice-President by her peers and serves on several committees. Her strong academic performance has landed her on the Dean's list every semester. These accomplishments are all the more noteworthy in that Lauren is a first generation college student.
For the last two years she has worked in the college tutoring center where she has assisted students in statistics, general biology, general chemistry, several psychology courses, history and Latin. She volunteered as a mentor and teaching assistant in an inner-city school and has participated in charitable work in eastern Kentucky.