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Psychology Major Earns Cancer Research Training Award

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Lia Sorgen

Major: psychology
Certificate: health studies
Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland
Fellowship: Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Fellowship


Tobacco control and risk perception research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.

How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?

My diverse research and educational experiences at Dickinson have immersed me in a scientific rigor that has prepared me to succeed in other research environments, such as the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, and beyond into graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in social psychology.

Internship Experience

I completed a research internship at Columbia University, contributing to a literature review on learning interventions involving the manipulation of epistemic curiosity and uncertainty.

What are you most anticipating about your future?

I am looking forward to expanding the breadth and scope of my research experiences that I have been fortunate enough to begin at Dickinson. I would like to be able to apply the knowledge I have gained at Dickinson in real-world settings.

What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?

Working as a research assistant under Professor Marie Helweg-Larsen’s NCI-funded study examining the effects of smoking stigmatization has helped me overcome both educational and psychological obstacles that have led to me reaffirm and bolster my own resilience. In addition, working as a teaching assistant under Professor Megan Yost helped me strengthen my interpersonal communication and tutoring skills.


Published April 24, 2018