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Student Spotlight Fall 2017

Meet Student Researcher Jessica Saucedo!

About Jessica:

Jessica Saucedo is a senior majoring in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona. Jessica is engaged in the campus both academically and extracurricularly. Besides being Vice President of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences Council, Jessica is also involved in the Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program, a member of Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, and a member of Educational Opportunity Program. As a McNair scholar, she has completed research under the mentorship of Dr. Sara Langford that was focused on creating a scale that measures instructor’s passion for teaching. Jessica hopes that once this scale is tested, revised, and completed, it will be beneficial to those in the teaching profession. Recently, Jessica attended the 9th Annual Western Psychological Association Convention in Sacramento, CA where her project was truly one of a kind.

From Jessica's mentor, Dr. Sara Langford:

Dr. Sara Langford has been a member of the Department Psychology and Sociology since 2012 and is Jessica Saucedo's research mentor. Dr. Langford received her bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, IA where she completed her first research project under the direction of her advisor, Dr. James Schulze. She completed a summer internship as an undergraduate and worked on more applied research during her studies. Dr. Langford went to Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mount Pleasant, MI for her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. During her schooling, she learned diverse research methods and explored as much as possible. After graduating, she worked for a while as a research coordinator for the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at CMU. In that role, she conducted evaluations, did her own research, and consulted with faculty who were developing their own projects. In her role as a faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona, she has worked alongside undergraduate students, exposing them to research.