North Central College - Naperville, IL

Senior psychology major has research paper accepted for publication

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Rachel Garthe ’12, psychology major
Rachel Garthe ’12, psychology major

Senior psychology major Rachel Garthe had her research paper accepted for publication in the academic publication “Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.” Titled “The Effects of Self-Esteem and Aggression in Scottish Young Adults on Depression,” her paper will be featured in a future issue. The journal is an international, fully reviewed, quarterly journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research.

Selection for publication is a rigorous process that involves months of peer review. All submissions must come from members of Psi Chi, an international academic honor society for psychology. Garthe is a member of North Central College’s chapter and received encouragement to submit to the journal from her project advisor, Assistant Professor of Psychology Patricia Schacht.

Garthe conducted research for her paper while being among the first to participate in a special College Scholars Honors study abroad program in 2010 at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She received a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund her research, which she conducted in addition to her studies at the university.

In spring 2011, she also presented her research at North Central College’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research in May 2011 and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in New York.

A resident of Peru, Ill., Garthe also carries a minor in sociology and is involved in a variety of activities on campus. She’s studying piano and works in the College’s Oesterle Library as a student assistant. After graduation in December 2011, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in developmental psychology.