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CHGD Summer Fellows

The mission of the Center for Human Growth and Development (CHGD) at the University of Michigan (U-M) was to catalyze, safeguard, and support research on children and adolescents (prenatal to 22 years) and their families. CHGD fostered collaborations among biomedical, behavioral, and social scientists and, with over 130 faculty members from 14 units across campus, served as the U-M hub and leader for research related to children and adolescents. Undergraduates who participated in this summer program performed research and received mentoring while they contributed to the ultimate CHGD goal of optimizing children's physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development. 


2020 Summer Fellows

Lyndsie Clossick

Class of 2021

Movement Science Major with a supplemental study in Public Health

I chose to get into research because it could be my way to help provide mentorship to children with autism and eventually create an environment where they can get the guidance in sports they deserve, allowing them to be physically active along side of neurotypical children of their age. I am looking forward to exploring research within my kinesiology degree while working alongside professors and scholars that inspire and push me to keep pursuing what I am passionate about.

Elina Kang

Class of 2023

Major in Psychology with a minor in Applied Statistics

Rachel Kushner

Class of 2021

Psychology major and Community Action and Social Change minor

I am deeply interested in early childhood development, especially how factors such as preschool curricula and types of play impact a child’s later academic and social self. I intend to pursue a PhD after I finish my undergraduate education, so I want to engage in formal research to both inform my post-graduate plans and give me a strong foundation in research methods and data analysis from which I can approach the questions I have pertaining to children's development.

Alaina Lurie

Class of 2020

Major: Neuroscience, Minor: Sociology of Health and Medicine

I chose to pursue research because I have always been interested in learning how we become the people that we are. My abnormal psychology class inspired me to apply to the MiND lab and my desire to do research has only grown from there.

Alexis Vatterott