This presentation describes a project designed to connect current psychology undergraduates with alumni from the same program. Purposive sampling was used to recruit diverse alumni following different career paths (i.e., graduate school or straight to work), representing alumni who identified as first generation, nontraditional, Latina/Latino or as a student of color. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to understand alumni career paths and gather information about decision-making, barriers, supports, and advice for current psychology majors. Interviews were audio-taped and are currently being transcribed. Some alumni agreed to participate in an “Alumni Profile,” which highlighted specific alumni by name, shared details of individual’s specific story, and were made publicly available. The current presentation will share the experiences of the undergraduate researchers exploring qualitative research, learning about career options available after graduation, and benefits for current students.
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Warren, Marsha M.; Drapela, Danica J.; Bredimus, Kyla N.; Flores, Jessica Yarely; Henderson, Cierra I.; Wright, Tashawna; Lanning, Kimberly A.; and Dryden, Isabel R., "Exploring Alumni Stories Through Qualitative Research" (2016). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 78.