In her final year at Trent University, Kerri Mozessohn (Otonabee College), is making a lasting impression as she nears the completion of her Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology. Her academic achievements are truly remarkable, including the feat of securing her third consecutive Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award and an academic record that has secured her a 2023 Symons Medal.
After growing fond of the campus and building relationships in her program, she extended her take on more Psychology courses and research projects to fully immerse herself in the academic opportunities the University offered.
Reflecting on her experience, Kerri shared, "My academic journey at Trent has been really exciting. Although I initially aimed for an honours degree, my perspective shifted as I connected with the small Psychology department and formed relationships with professors."
Kerri began to develop an interest in empirical inquiry and during her first summer at Trent she received an Undergraduate Student Research Award (URSAs), exposing her to the field of neuro-psychology within rat labs.
This initial research experience laid the groundwork for subsequent opportunities, including additional undergraduate grants and ongoing involvement in Dr. Karen Blair's Social Relations, Attitudes and Diversity Lab. Kerri's enthusiasm for research grew as she actively contributed to the scientific community. "Once I started, I couldn't stop," she shared. "Working on my own project through the thesis program has been rewarding and will prepare me for graduate studies."
A defining aspect of Kerri's journey at Trent University is the close relationship she formed with her supervisor, which allowed her to develop her own study the ground up. This unique opportunity sets Trent apart from other institutions where students often join pre-existing projects.
Kerri's studies have led her to explore empirical research across various domains, with a specific focus on working with LGBTQ individuals struggling with addiction. This intersection of psychology and personal interest fuels her sense of purpose. Kerri acknowledged the University's support at each step of her journey, "Trent allowed me to explore empirical research and apply it to what interests me. It's a full-circle experience."
As Kerri now prepares for clinical Psychology doctoral program, she is poised to make a significant impact in the field by unraveling the complexities of addiction and its impact on the LGBTQ community. Her commitment to research, empathy, and advocacy aligns with Trent's mission of academic excellence and nurturing young, aspiring researchers and scholars. Kerri's journey serves as an inspiration to her peers and future students, highlighting the transformative power that comes from pursuing one's passions and creating a meaningful impact in the world.