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Spotlight on Josiah Rosario: Social Psychologist and participant in IGEN and SROP

Created: October 3, 2017
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Josiah Rosario’s interest in psychology started during his senior year of high school in an AP Psychology class. His teacher, a clinician, inspired him to pursue psychology as a career.
“I love social psychology because I could apply the knowledge I was learning in class to what I was experiencing in my own life,” Josiah explains. “Studying psychology, specifically studying racial identity, perceived cohesion, and sense of belonging, influenced my perception of my life and helped me figure out what I wanted to pursue.”
Now a college senior at Trinity Christian College, Josiah is on track to graduate early in December with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. Last fall, he participated in the Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern (IGEN) program.
“IGEN was formative for me both in the excitement it gave me for graduate school and in the possibilities that Northwestern had for me,” explains Josiah. “The programming was full of important information, and the staff members were welcoming and kind. It was also a really important networking opportunity, and I still am in contact with a few others who participated in IGEN with me."
During IGEN, Josiah learned of the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at Northwestern. SROP is an eight-week competitive research experience for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants, including the social sciences and humanities; physical sciences; chemical and biological sciences; technology, math and engineering fields. 

Josiah Rosario at IGEN
“Northwestern is my dream school,” says Josiah. “I applied in high school and did not get in, but I was determined to find my way back here. SROP was a great opportunity to learn more about graduate student life and gain research experience at Northwestern.”
Each participant is placed in a group based on their interests and assigned a faculty mentor. Josiah worked with Dr. Onnie Rogers in the Psychology program.
“Dr. Rogers was a great mentor and was willing to meet with me regularly,” says Josiah. “It was fantastic to get an opportunity to glean some of her wisdom and research experience. She was intentional about spending quality time with me to fine-tune my research skills, presentation skills, and writing skills.”
The program provided numerous opportunities for networking and interacting with current graduate students. One of Josiah’s favorite experiences was the graduate student panel, which featured current Northwestern students across several different fields of study.
“The student panel was one of the most formative experiences for me,” Josiah says. “As a first-generation college student, it was helpful to hear the dos and don’ts of the graduate school application process. Additionally, it was fantastic to hear from successful graduate students of color.”

Josiah Rosario at IGEN 2

This fall, Josiah plans to apply for the Social Psychology program. His advice for future SROP participants: stay curious. 

“Undergraduate students can be very particular about the kind of research they want to be involved in, but the more research experience you can get your hands on, even if it doesn’t directly relate to your field of interest, the better off you become,” explains Josiah. “It helps hone your skills. It exposes you to different types of research and may open up new opportunities.”
To learn more about SROP, visit the Diversity & Inclusion page. Applications for the 2018 session will open in early November.