By Rebecca Moragne, TuftScope Research-Highlights Editor
Teya Dragovic is a sophomore at Tufts University pursuing a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish. She plans to graduate in 2019.
Can you tell me a little bit about the research you are doing?
“I am a research assistant at the Harvard Lab for developmental studies. Our specific lab works on language development in kids. In the project that I am a part under a graduate student I am working on seeing how language is created through gestures and nonverbal communication.”
Why did you want to get involved in this research?
“Over the summer I interned at a hippotherapy center, which is therapy for children with disabilities using horses. It was a lot of fun. A lot of the children had speech developments and I found that that was really interesting in addition to child development. So when I returned to school I found this lab and though their research was really cool so I applied to be a research assistant.”
What kind of research are you most passionate about?
“I feel like psychology research is really cool because it is not very concrete or visible. Figuring how the mind works and how it is constructed is interesting. You cannot find out how something breaks down unless you know how it works in the first place.”
Do you see yourself pursuing research after graduation? If not, what do you see yourself doing after graduation?
“I want to go on to medical school, so likely not research. But maybe if I take a gap year I would pursue research. My ultimate goal is medicine.”
For further contact, Teya can be reached at Dorteja.Dragovic@Tufts.edu
Moragne, R. Interview with Teya Dragovic. January 30, 2017. Tufts University, Medford, MA.