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Grace Maloney ’12

Post Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.

Psychology Major
Key milestones?

"I took advantage of several opportunities at Colorado College that helped set me apart from other candidates. My senior year honor’s thesis was key to landing me a job at the National Institutes of Health. I conducted an experiment that used eye-tracking technology to investigate gender differences in eye gaze. My future boss came across my profile on the NIH’s website, and saw that my thesis overlapped with her own research. Additionally, she saw that I had experience with eye-tracking technology, an unusual skill for an undergraduate to have, and one that was useful for her own research. That, combined with my previous experience in research, made me a positive addition to her lab, and she recruited me to work there. The thesis is an incredible opportunity to get an edge to make you a competitive job applicant."

Future aspirations?

"After two years gaining research experience at the National Institutes of Health, I hope to enter a Ph.D. program in clinical child psychology, and eventually work in a hospital or school setting."

Benefits of the CC experience?

"As a student-athlete studying on the Block Plan, I learned the value of time management and the importance of never leaving anything for the last minute. Working within such a constrained schedule taught me to never put things off for later, because oftentimes, later never comes."