My name is Jared K. Chapman and I am currently a senior at CSUB, with a double major in Psychology and Religious Studies, and a minor in Anthropology. I will be receiving my BA by June of 2007. In addition, I am serving as President of Psi Chi: The National Honor Society in Psychology, and am on the executive committee of the Philosophy & Religious Studies Club. I am currently in the preliminary stages of a McNair Research Project with my faculty mentor, Anne Duran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. The focus of the research is on the effects of religiosity on comprehension of scientific information. Recently, I presented preliminary findings from this study at UC Riverside during the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research.
My general field of interest is social psychology, specifically how an individual's feelings, beliefs, and attitudes are influenced by cultural and/or religious factors. Other interests include psychology of religion, the history and development of Judaism, and archaeology.
I am interested in pursuing my doctorate in social psychology, and intend to apply to graduate programs at Harvard, NYU, USC, Clark University, Boston College, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Alberta.
I graduated with honors this past June as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Psychology - the fact that I am the first in my family to attend college and earn a degree made this honor especially poignant. I am interested in organizational psychology and have conducted several independent research projects in the areas of program assessment, gender differences, the psychological contract, and job analysis. My poster presentation on perceptions of networking activity according to gender received the Psi Chi Regional Research Award at the WPA 2002 Conference. My paper on qualitative research methods in organizational psychology received the 2002 CSUB Best Paper in the Social Sciences Award.
In addition to working to support my education and pursuing my research interests, I was the lead analyst of a campus-based program consulting team for 4 years and a WPA student council regional team leader for two years. Currently, I am a Research Associate II for the TLC Consulting Firm where I provide program design and evaluation and community needs assessment for public and private non-profits and businesses in the Kern, Tulare, and Kings counties.
I am focused on earning my PhD in Organizational Psychology and my current research interests are optimal experiences while working, the reciprocal influences between individuals and their organizational structures, and change management.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I began my undergrad as a math and physics major at the University of Wisconsin. There I earned a Physics Departmental Award, Foundation Scholarship (at UW-WC), became a student member of the American Physical Society, and worked as a student hourly for both the High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics Departments at UW-Madison.
After taking time off to pursue a career in the music industry, and moving to Bakersfield, California, I returned to academics at Bakersfield College where I received the Associate in Science in math and physics. In fall of 2003 I transferred to CSUB where I anticipate graduation with the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry this December (Ď04). I am currently a member of the American Chemical Society, ACLU, and the Alpha Chi Honorís Society.
Acceptance into the CSUB McNair Program has allowed me to do some exciting research in the areas of organometallics and bioinorganic chemistry. After graduation I will be entering the Chemistry PhD program at University of California-Riverside where I look forward to doing work on asymmetric catalysis.