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Paula Pelletier ’21

Pelletier was happy to spend the first four weeks of her summer getting the experience to conduct independent research, something unique that Lake Forest College offers to rising sophomores. Working with Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies Courtney Cain was a great experience for Pelletier. She examined black bicultural identities for Haitian Americans in Chicago and how they balance their racial and ethnic identities and backgrounds to research for a journal article she worked on with Cain.

Q. How do you think this experience will impact your future?
This experience will help me further my skills as a writer, researcher, critical thinker and team member, all of which will be integral for graduate-level research and my sociological/anthropological career goals.

Q. What’s it like working one-on-one with a professor?
Working with a professor during Richter, in contrast to my experience in a normal class setting, is more informal and more one-on-one work. There is a team dynamic and cooperation in the work we do, which is different from the regular academic work we submit to professors during the school year.

Q. What was your favorite part of the Richter Scholar Program?
Connecting with other scholars and researchers. I was able to broaden my network while working on my own interesting research.

Q. What did you learn about yourself during the program?
I learned that I enjoy conducting research and most likely see myself pursuing a career in the future that allows me to continue this interest.

—By Sangjun Hornewer ’20