Surbhi Ugra

Professor Clark Chinn
Aresty Research Assistant 2010 - 2011
Aresty Peer Advisor 2011 - 2012 and 2012 - 2013

For me, Aresty was a great way to understand what exactly research is. It was an invaluable experience because I learned all the different aspects of research and got to do the grunt work for my project while also presenting the “big picture” at the symposium. The project I worked on was entitled Promoting Reasoning and Conceptual Change in Science Students. We worked with middle school children, analyzing what methods of learning promote reasoning the best for the students. I worked with Dr. Clark Chinn, in the educational psychology department.

My Peer Advisor when I did the Aresty RA program was fantastic. She was friendly and easy to talk to. Although I was lucky and did not have any big problems that I had to bring to her, I knew that she would be very helpful if I needed anything. Her attitude is what made me really want to be a peer advisor – because I wanted to be there for students who may need my guidance. I have learned so much in my year doing research and in college in general so I think that I can provide first time research students with a lot of support.

The Aresty program has provided me with an insight into the world of research, but it has also helped me learn how to balance my responsibilities. With all the distractions that are around in college, it is hard to balance schoolwork, clubs, research, friends, and especially sleep. While first semester last year, I struggled with these a little, I have learned so much about prioritizing and focusing on what is important. I plan on taking everything I have learned (and continue to learn) from Aresty and applying it all to my future as well. As long as I am at Rutgers I want to keep helping with the Aresty program. After graduating with a double major in Human Resources and Psychology, I want to apply to graduate school. Although I still do not have it completely planned out, I am incredibly excited about the future and if my experiences can help another student figure out what they want out of their life as well, then as a peer advisor I will be very happy.