Morgan R. Lipkin
Morgan, a chemistry and psychology double major, has routinely performed at the top of her class across her coursework. During her time at Stetson, Morgan has served as a FOCUS leader and coordinator, as a psychology tutor in the Academic Success Center and as president of the Psi Chi Honor Society.
Morgan carried out a senior research project entitled “6-n-Propylthiouracil, Alcohol Behaviors, and Their Connection to Biochemical Circuitry” which satisfied the capstone requirements for both the chemistry and psychology programs. She recently presented the results from this work at the Southeastern Psychological Association conference in Hilton Head, SC.
Following graduation, Morgan plans to pursue graduate work and ultimately a career in the medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry field.
Morgan is an amazing student, researcher and leader. She not only is a member of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, but served as its president this past year, leading successful online and in-person events to promote the organization’s mission. For three years, she worked in Dr. Michael Eskenazi’s Reading Eye-Tracking and Individual Differences Lab, where she mastered sophisticated eye-tracking methods.
Outside of the department, Morgan served for two years on the executive board of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, was selected as one of two Psychology tutors for the Student Success Center, and served as a FOCUS Leader twice before she was promoted to FOCUS Associate Coordinator this past year.
As a double major in psychology and chemistry, Morgan developed an ambitious interdisciplinary project, which explored the relationships among taste receptor cell genetics, social conformity, and alcohol preferences; one professor called the project “one of the best I have ever seen.”
In March, Morgan presented her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s annual meeting, and she plans to prepare the manuscript for publication. To honor her research successes, the department faculty selected Morgan as this year’s recipient of its Excellence in Research award.
A gap year of travel is next on her agenda. After that, she plans to attend a graduate program in medicinal chemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry.