CV

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Aarti Bodas

Villanova University

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

abodas@villanova.edu

Education

August 2019 – Present                          Villanova University

Master of Science in Psychology, Expected May 2021

GPA: 3.78 

September 2015 – June 2019                University of Washington, Seattle,

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, June 2019

Minor: Global Health

GPA: 3.68

Research Interests

  • Influence of social and physical environmental factors and cultural differences on social and cognitive development
  • Influence of social and physical environmental factors on children’s scientific learning
  • Children’s engagement in environmental conservation

Research Experience

Aug 2019- Present        Graduate Researcher and Master’s Thesis Candidate, Scientific Thinking and Representation Lab, Villanova University

Dr. Deena Weisberg, P.I.

Duties

  • Designs scientific research studies
  • Conducts research with child participants in museums and pre-school settings
  • Conducts data analysis using SPSS, Microsoft Excel and R
  • Oversees semesterly lab meetings with P.I., post-docs, graduate students and other research assistants
  • Mentors undergraduate research assistants
  • Interacts with participants and parents and answers questions during experimentation
  • Recruits research participants

Jan 2018-Jun 2019     Research Assistant and Honor’s Thesis Candidate,  Early Childhood Cognition Lab, University of Washington

Mentors: Dr. Jessica Sommerville & Dr. Kelsey Lucca

Honor’s Thesis Title: Can I Count on You?’ Infants’ Expectations of Prosocial Behavior Across Contexts
Recipient of Mary Gates Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Research and Guthrie Prize for Best Empirical Paper for Honors Thesis

Duties

  • Conducts research project with infant participants using SMI Eye-tracker
  • Interacts with parents and infants and answers parents’ questions regarding research
  • Codes infant looking-time data with BeGaze and Datavyu software
  • Conducts data analysis using SPSS and Microsoft Excel
  • Presents research during quarterly lab meetings with P.I., post-docs, graduate students and other research assistants
  • Mentors junior research assistants
  • Interacts with participants and parents and answers questions during experimentation
  • Recruits and schedules research participants
  • Creates marketing materials for lab participant recruitment use

 Dec. 2018- Mar. 2019, Northwest Social Cognitive Development Conference

  • Student Organizer alongside conference organizers Dr. Kelsey Lucca, Dr. Jessica Sommerville and Dr. Kiley Hamlin
  • Designs Conference Website, Logo, Flyer, and Website Content
  • Designed Conference Abstract Book
  • Recruited conference presenters and attendees
  • Assisted with organizing conference schedule

Honors and Awards

Graduate Educational Honors and Awards

 Aug 2019- May 2020    Graduate Student Research Assistantship, Villanova University

Undergraduate Educational Honors and Awards

Jun 2019                       Recipient of Guthrie Prize for Best Empirical Paper for Honors Thesis

May 2019                     Undergraduate Research Conference Travel Award

Mar 2019                      Hagenstein Endowment Travel Scholarship

Dec 2018                      Research Scholarship from the Mary Gates Endowment

Dec 2017- Jun 2019       Department of  Psychology Honor’s Program

Jun 2017                       University Dean’s List

Mar 2016                       University Dean’s List

Dec 2015                       University Dean’s List

Poster Presentations

Bodas, A., Kyuchukova, K., Lucca, K. & Sommerville, J. (2019) “Can I Count on You?” Siblings Influence Infants’ Expectations of Trustworthiness of Fair and Unfair Actors. To be presented at the Association for Psychological Science 31st Annual Convention. Washington D.C.

Bodas, A., Kyuchukova, K., Lucca, K. & Sommerville, J. (2019) “Can I Count on You?” Infants’ Expectations of Prosocial Behavior Across Context. Presented at the Northwest Social Cognitive Development Conference. Friday Harbor, WA.

Academic Work Experience

June 2018- June 2019  Mentor,  Odegaard Writing and Research Center

  • Mentors and supervises tutors in their work
  • Plans and organizes bi-weekly workshops and small-group meetings
  • Creates resources and reference guides for writers and tutors
  • Collaborates with Director, Coordinator and other Mentors to organize bi-quarterly staff meetings
  • Provides guidance for other tutors’ independent projects
  • Supervises Center during evening hours
  • Provides feedback to graduate and undergraduate university students on writing and research assignments

 July 2016-June 2018    Tutor, Odegaard Writing and Research Center

  • Provided feedback to graduate and undergraduate students on writing and research assignments
  • Conducted independent research to improve marketing of Health Sciences Library satellite site
  • Participated in annual hiring committee and assisted managers in annual hiring cycle
  • Planned and organized community events (e.g. Holiday Party, December 2017 )

Leadership Experience

 May 2018- June 2019   Social Media Coordinator, Diversity in Psychology

  • Designs marketing materials for bi-weekly meetings
  • Communicates with club members via weekly email newsletters
  • Communicates with Psychology Department about club activities

 November 2018, Double Dip Conference:

  • Recruited high school student participants for conference
  • Designed marketing materials and evaluation forms for visiting students and staff in attendance
  • Supervised and organized campus tours for visiting high school students

 Professional Skills

  • Eye-Tracking Experience using eye-tracker technology (SMI) in experiments with infant participants, data extraction and analysis
  • Data Analysis: Experience in using SPSS statistical software for data analysis
  • Data Coding: Experience with Datavyu and BeGaze Data coding programs
  • Languages: English (Native Speaker); Marathi (Native Speaker)
  • Social Media: Blogging (WordPress, Medium, LinkedIn), Website Design (WordPress), Photography, Graphic Design Skills (Canva), Social Media Marketing via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Email (MailChimp) marketing