Graduate Student Spotlights

Peter Davis

Human Development and Social Intervention

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
I applied to the HD&SI master's program because I had an array of psychological research interests that I wanted to center my studies on. This was one a one few majors where I could actually focus my academic pursuits in the developmental groups that I wanted to research adolescence and emerging adulthood. Through this program I wanted to further grasp and synthesize an eclectic variety theoretical and experiential applications of research. Congruently, I wanted to develop a more concrete core knowledge in various research-related areas: from the basics of how studies are formulated to grant writing. As well, in analyzing and applying prevention/intervention theories and then observing how they are implemented in creating testable quantitative and qualitative research.
My favorite course:
Adolescent Development: Theory and Research with Elise Cappella
My biggest challenge is:
Fitting everything I want to do into the day
My favorite blog:
Why I went to Graduate School:
To work towards my goal of publishing and teaching in the higher education milieu.
The worst gift I've ever received:
When I was 10, my parents gave me a lamp...
The most obscure research I've ever done:
Can social proofs be used in colleges to reduce drinking and increase participation on campus
The professor who influenced me the most:
Such a difficult decision, but: Jen Sellers
What I do to de-stress:
watch The Golden Girls or read James Patterson's Alex Cross series
The place I would most like to visit is:
Cape Town, South Africa
My secret passion is:
Watching LOST and then engaging in theoretical debates about the show (especially when trying to fit it in between commercial breaks)!
My favorite line from a song is:
"Celia, you're breaking my heart you're shaking my confidence daily Oh Cecilia, I'm down on my knees I'm begging you please, to come home" Simon & Garfunkel

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Holland, NJ
What are your plans after you graduate?
Work in higher education and eventually obtain a Ph.D. in Higher Education
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Green Mountain College, Graduation, Magna Cum Laude Award for Exceptional Service & Dedication to the Greater Community, Jesse Bouge Memorial Scholarship for Service and Civic Engagement, Vermont Campus Compact Civic Engagement and Service Learning Award
Community Service and Other Activities:
Mentoring - Mentor, Co-Chair Student Government - Secretary, President