Being a member of the BAR Lab has contributed substantially to my growth as a student, researcher, and mentor thus far in graduate school, even as a first year doctoral student. The scientist-practitioner model of the doctoral program at USM is truly integrated into the BAR Lab philosophy, with Dr. Madson providing strong research mentorship and tailored experiences that are informed by my professional goals. Collaboration and teamwork are core values of the BAR Lab, and this has made it easy to get involved in projects with Dr. Madson and other lab members. The connection and support the BAR Lab provides has been essential in navigating graduate school and further developing my research skills. Because of these experiences in my first year, I am excited to continue pursuing additional research opportunities within the lab as I progress through the program. I also feel confident proceeding throughout the program knowing that Dr. Madson and other lab members have a wealth of experiences, knowledge, and wisdom I can draw on. I feel confident my membership in the BAR Lab has informed and will continue to inform my competency as a student, researcher, and future clinician. Contact Hallie.
When I first joined the BAR Lab as a master’s student I was a bit apprehensive about how well I would do in the lab, but in no time that apprehension developed into aspiration. From day one Dr. Madson and the rest of the BAR Lab made me feel welcome and were quick to involve me in research. Furthermore, they encouraged and helped me to begin conducting my own research. One of the strengths of this lab, in my view, is that students are offered a healthy balance of guidance and independence. In my experience, Dr. Madson has a very clear understanding of what it takes to be successful in this field and at the same time understands that we cannot get there if we are not given the room to grow. As a student, a researcher, and a clinician I feel that my experiences in the BAR Lab thus far have helped to make me a more competent and driven professional. As I continue through the doctoral program I look forward to continuing my work with this close-knit team. Contact Robert.
My time in the BAR lab has greatly contributed to my professional development. I’ve learned research skills ranging from general technical writing skills to more advanced knowledge of statistical software. I’ve also received some “insider” tips from more experienced graduate students on conference presentations, preparation for graduate school, etc. I really enjoy the BAR lab because I feel like an important member of a team. Everyone in the lab has a vested interest in each other’s success, and other members of the lab have pushed me to achieve things that would not have been possible on my own. I love the sense of community that the BAR lab provides, and it’s interesting to see how everyone incorporates their own personal interests into the larger topic of college student drinking/substance use. My traditional college education has provided me with background knowledge of research and psychology while the BAR lab has really helped me to apply these concepts in a practical manner. Contact Tatum.