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STEM Undergraduate Research Symposium 2021: Social & Behavioral Sciences

Presented by the School of Science at Miami Dade College, North Campus.

Social & Behavioral Sciences
Emotional Perceptions of COVID-19 and Distant Learning Perceptions of COVID-19 and Digital Online Learning on EAP Students Exploring the Role of Technology on Learning and Memory in College Students
Laura Gonzalez Angelica Lugo Angelica McCalla

Laura Gonzalez is a recent Miami Dade Honors College graduate pursuing a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (BS) from Emerson College. When Laura was at Miami Dade College, she was an active member of the psychological community, becoming the President of Psi Beta at MDC in March 2020 and the President of the Psychology Student Association in January 2021. She has participated in two scientific research internships through the MDC School of Science. Through her research, Laura visualized and plotted various social network analysis graphs of the monkey's behavior and conducted statistical analysis on the emotional impacts of COVID-19 in Miami Dade College students. In the future, Laura yearns to continue her passion for behavioral study and aspires to get her Ph.D. in child development to work with children with language development disorders.

Angelica Teresa Lugo is a second-year student at Miami Dade College's Eduardo J. Padrón Campus and pursuing an Associate in Arts degree in Psychology. Participation with an MDC STEM Grant gave her the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research in the field she is interested in and learn more about the human mind. Alongside her mentor, she researched how EAP (English for Academic Purposes) students perceive COVID-19 and digital online learning. In the future, she hopes to further expand her knowledge and understanding of people and share her findings with others.

Angelica McCalla is a second-year student at The Honors College at Miami Dade College North Campus. Currently, she is obtaining her Associate in Arts degree in Biology while completing her prerequisites for medical school. Angelica is specifically interested in neuroscience, which stems from her experience as a volunteer at a nursing home. There, she was able to witness patient treatment and care. As much as she enjoys learning, she also enjoys educating others. Angelica has created an initiative called "Female Friendly," where she educates college students at Miami Dade College about women's reproductive health, providing young adults with proper resources and valuable information about women's health issues. She has always found it gratifying to help others, especially those in need. In her free time, Angelica enjoys shopping for new clothes and watching the latest movies.

Students' Attitudes of Digital Learning, Psychological Effects of COVID-19, and Emotions Experienced with Digital Learning during COVID-19 Investigating Technology Use for Academic Learning  
Felicia Ruotolo Emily Schraer  

Felicia Ruotolo is a second-year student at Miami Dade College at the Wolfson Campus, where she is pursuing a degree in Psychology (BA).  As part of The Honors College at Miami Dade, she is an active board member of the Rotaract Club, Film Society, and CKI Club. She has even founded a club alongside a few of her peers to create the United We Dream Club, focusing on fighting for immigrants. She has been volunteering in research for about a year and plans on continuing throughout her undergraduate. Her interest in scientific research and community service is what drives her to pursue a Psychology degree.

Emily Schraer is a second-year at Miami Dade Honors College at the North Campus, where she is pursuing a degree in Biology. Emily has recently received two certificates: Human Trafficking: The Role of Dental Professionals Certificate of Completion and Mental Health First Aider Certificate. She has received the Dean’s List Award for her academic achievements since the fall semester of her Freshman year. She has also recently become a member of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she hopes to complete an MD/PhD program to because a doctor and researcher.