Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, September 2016 – present
    • Master of Science, Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science stream with a Collaborative Neuroscience option.
    • Thesis: Attentional control settings are stored in activated long-term memory. In progress at the Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab under the supervision of Dr. Naseem Al-Aidroos.
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ONThesis Poster, September 2011 – April 2015
    • Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology Research Specialist with minors in Biology and French.
    • Graduated “With High Distinction”, with a GPA of 11.78 / 12.0.
    • Thesis: Vocal Motor Control and Musical Context. Completed at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Jones.

Publications

  • Plater, L., Giammarco, M., & Al-Aidroos, N.  (2017).  Attentional control settings are stored in activated long-term memory.  Manuscript in preparation.
  • Plater, L.A., Zaki-Azat, J., Scheerer, N.E., & Jones, J.A.  (2017).  Vocal control when singing a single note is not the same as when singing a musical phrase.  Manuscript in preparation.

Teaching

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2017 – December 2017
    • PSYC*6940 Discrete Variable Research Design and Statistics with Dr. Naseem Al-Aidroos (graduate course)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2017 – December 2017
    • PSYC*1010 Making Sense of Data in Psychological Research with Dr. Marmurek
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, January 2017 – April 2017
    • PSYC*2740 Personality with Dr. Lewis
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2016 – December 2016
    • PSYC*2390 Principles of Sensation and Perception with Dr. Trick

ResEarch

  • Graduate student researcher, cognitive neuroscience, at University of Guelph under the supervision of Dr. Al-Aidroos; September 2016 – present
  • Research Assistant, Cognition, at Wilfrid Laurier Convocation, June 2015University under the supervision of Dr. Hockley; August 2015 – February 2016
    • Programmed an EyeTracker experiment using EyeLink II
  • Research Assistant, Cognitive Neuroscience, at Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Dr. Jones; May 2014 – August 2014
    • Funded by NSERC (USRA) and the Faculty of Science Students’ Association “Type A” scholarship
    • Administrative duties: conducted literature searches, obtained ethics approval, created questionnaires for new experiments, edited papers
  • Research Assistant, Social Psychology, at Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Dr. Sadler; April 2014 – September 2014; July 2013 – September 2013; November 2012 – February 2013
    • Three work terms; two for coding videos on dominance / friendliness, one for data analysis using SPSS
  • Research Assistant, Cognitive Neuroscience, at Wilfrid Laurier University under the supervision of Dr. Jones; May 2013 – August 2013
    • Funded by NSERC (USRA)
    • Analysed vocal data using SPSS, PRAAT, Audacity, and MatLab
    • Conducted electroencephalography (EEG) studies, cleaned EEG equipment
CONFERENCES / EVENT PARTICIPATION

 

  • PSYC*6760 thesis proposal presentation, course presentation (University of Guelph, Guelph, ON – September 2017)
  • Mental Wellness Workshop, attendee (University of Guelph, Guelph, ON – May 2017)
  • PSYC*6740 thesis proposal presentation, course presentation (University of Guelph, Guelph, ON – March 2017)
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention Banquet, attendee (University of Guelph, Guelph, ON – March 2017)
  • PSYC*6740 thesis proposal presentation, course presentation (University of Guelph, Guelph, ON – November 2016)
  • PS499 thesis proposal presentation, invited presenter (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON – November 2015)
  • CASE ASAP District 2 Leadership Conference, attendee (Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY – February 2015)
  • Laurier Leadership Summit, attendee (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON – January 2015)
  • PS499 thesis proposal presentation, course presentation (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON – October 2014)
  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science 24th annual meeting, attendee (Ryerson University, Toronto, ON – June 2014)
  • Brain Awareness Week, attendee (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON – March 2014)
  • CASE ASAP District 2 Leadership Conference, attendee (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY – March 2013)
  • Laurier Leadership Summit, speaker and attendee (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON – January 2013)
  • Laurier Leadership Summit, attendee (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON – January 2012)

Volunteering / Clubs and Associations

Graduate Involvement

  • Graduate Representative (M.Sc.) for the NACS Program, May 2017 – present
    • I attend meetings with the NACS faculty to represent students within our program, and I disseminate information from these meetings back to the students
  • Graduate Student Association, May 2017 – present
    • Vice President External
    • I work with and for the graduate students to make sure they are represented on and off campus. As VP External, I co-chair the Transit Committee and maintain connections with the City of Guelph, the Ontario Graduate Students’ Alliance, and the Canadian Federation of Students
  • Graduate Student Association, September 2016 – April 2017
    • Board of Directors; I was one of two Psychology General Directors
    • Code of Ethical Conduct Committee Advisory Committee member
    • Academic Policy and Procedures Sub-committee member (a branch of the Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health and Wellness)
  • Psychology Graduate Student Association, September 2016 – present
    • Executive Member
    • The PGSA hosts various social events for graduate students in the Psychology Department to increase collaboration and social support
    • I personally spearheaded the PGSA’s funding application (through the Student Life Enhancement Fund) for this year’s events, and secured $1000 for student initiatives
  • BRAINSTORM campus club member, September 2016 – present
    • General Member
    • BRAINSTORM is the University of Guelph’s Neuroscience Students’ Association, open to both undergraduate and graduate students

Undergraduate Involvement

  • The Harry Potter Alliance
    • Alumna Mentor / Social Media Contributor, August 2015 – present
    • Public Relations, September 2014 – April 2015
    • General Member, December 2012 – April 2014
    • The HPA focuses on mental health and social justice; the HPA hosts awareness campaigns to shed light on social issues, and hosts events to raise money for local organizations
  • Peer Help Line (Internal)
    • Appreciations Executive, July 2014 – April 2015
    • Office Resources and Management Executive, August 2013 – April 2015
    • General Member, December 2011 – April 2013
    • PHL was a call centre that serviced the Laurier community; a crisis, information, listening, and referral service. I volunteered for over 100 total shifts (3 hours each) during my time with PHL
  • Student Mentoring
    • September 2012 – present
    • Each school year I mentored 1 or 2 students, answering their academic and social questions, enquiring about their stress levels and mental health, and overall helping to make their transition to University a smooth one
  • Student Alumni Association / Laurier Student Alumni
    • Secretary, September 2012 – April 2013
    • General Member, September 2011 – April 2012, September 2013 – April 2015
    • The SAA (previously the LSA) hosts several events per year helping students transition to becoming alumni through various “Backpack to Briefcase” and alumni networking events. I attended two District 2 Leadership Conferences with the SAA
    • Pictured here holding origami cranes during the mental health initiative; positive messages are written down, folded into fun shapes, and scattered around campus for students to find
  • Psychology Society
    • General Member, September 2011 – April 2015
    • Several events per year, including Meet the Professors, de-stressing with therapy dogs, drop-in rooms for homework / studying, and numerous workshops (how to write the GRE, what to do with a degree in Psychology, how to apply to Graduate school)
  • French Club
    • General Member, September 2011 – April 2015
    • Volunteer Tutor, two semesters
    • Meetings were held once a week to offer a supportive environment to practice French pronunciation and grammar; we also hosted fun events like Murder Mystery (in French! pictured here)
    • The tutoring program was held for two semesters while I was at Laurier, where school-aged children would come to the school to practice reading in French with university volunteers

Awards & Recognitions

Graduate Awards

  • Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST), September 2017 – August 2018
    • Awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, this is a specialized Ontario Graduate Student award; the university was allocated 134 Canadian OGS awards this year.
  • Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship (NSERC’s CGS-M), September 2016 – August 2017
    • Awarded to students who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and research potential; the university was allocated 19 NSERC CGS-M awards this year.
  • Dean’s Tri-Council Top-Up, September 2016 – August 2017
    • Awarded to students who secure Tri-Council funding

Undergraduate Awards

  • Canadian Psychological Association’s Certificate of Academic Excellence, November 2015
    • Up to 5 awards presented per year per school; nominated based on excellence in thesis work
  • Dean’s Honour Roll / Entrance Scholarship, 2011 – 2015
    • GPA of 10.0 / 12.0 or higher
  • Queen Elizabeth II (Aiming for the Top) Scholarship, 2011 – 2015
    • One of the highest high-school GPAs, ongoing high average
  • Department of Psychology Scholarship Fund, January 2015
    • Outstanding academic achievement; highest GPA in the department by end of 3rd year
  • Michael Levesque Memorial Award for Psychology Research Specialist Program, January 2015
    • One of the highest cumulative GPAs in required Psychology courses, and intent to pursue graduate studies
  • Student Alumni Association’s Member of the Month Award, January 2015
    • Dedication and volunteerism with the Student Alumni Association
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, May – August 2014
    • 1 of 3 for the Psychology department. Allowed me to work in the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Jones
  • Faculty of Science Students’ Association “Type A” Scholarship, May – August 2014
    • Allowed me to work in the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Jones
  • Laurier Student Alumni Prize, July 2014
    • Involvement with the Student Alumni Association / Laurier Student Alumni
  • John Gellner Award, June 2014
    • Significant contribution to the Student Alumni Association
  • Tom Berczi Campus Citizenship Award, March 2014
    • 1 of 6 (I was granted the award for the Faculty of Science). Good academic standing, significant volunteerism
  • Executive of the Year, Peer Help Line Internal, March 2014
    • Student Union’s year-end award based on dedication to a service on campus
  • NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, May – August 2013
    • 1 of 9 for the Psychology department. Allowed me to work in the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Jones
  • Academic Achievement Award, King Street Residence, April 2012
    • 1 of 2. Academic prowess and time management abilities