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Alumna Success: Cheryl Dickter ’01
Alumna Success: Cheryl Dickter ’01
Cheryl Dickter '01
Randolph-Macon college alumna
Cheryl Dickter ’01
is a professor in the psychology department and the neuroscience program at the College of William & Mary. The courses she took at R-MC sparked her interest in
and led her to pursue a career that includes research, writing and teaching.
Finding Her Passion
“The psychology courses I took at R-MC, particularly the ones in social psychology and a topics course, focused on stereotyping and prejudice, and they led me to want to explore these topics in research,” she says. “Most significantly, Professor Kristen Klaaren’s courses in these topics and her encouragement to join her research lab led me to realize that conducting research on this subject was the right career choice for me. I found my passion in these classes and in her laboratory. Once I found my love for research, Professor Klaaren advised me and encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D.” Dickter earned her Ph.D. in psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
At R-MC, Dickter assisted Klaaren with her
on confronting instances of prejudice. She was responsible for entering and coding data, as well as reading and discussing empirical journal articles. Working closely with faculty at R-MC was integral to Dickter’s college experience—and to her future success.
“For me, the close relationships I developed with faculty both in the classroom and in the research lab were the most significant and led me to figure out what I am truly passionate about,” says Dickter, who continues to share research ideas with Klaaren. “These experiences made me want to pursue my career path and also to eventually work at a liberal arts college and become that same kind of teacher and advisor for my own students.”
A Dedicated Scholar
At William & Mary, Dickter teaches courses in advanced research methods, statistics, stereotyping and prejudice, and social psychology at the graduate and undergraduate level. Her research focuses on the neural processing involved in the perception of race and examines how stereotypes affect this processing. In addition, her work examines how individuals respond to discriminatory behaviors that often result from stereotyping. She also does research on the cognitive mechanisms involved in addiction.
Dickter's body of work at William & Mary is impressive: it includes 17 peer-reviewed publications (12 of which include at least one student co-author), a book on electrophysiological methods, 15 invited talks, six conference talks, and 28 conference posters (25 of which include at least one student co-author). She has also written or co-written four external grants, which have brought over $1 million in funding to the college.
Dickter also chairs graduate master’s thesis committees and undergraduate honor’s thesis committees, and she has mentored over 40 undergraduate students in her research lab. “I thrive on instilling enthusiasm for learning and research in my students in both the classroom and the laboratory, to give them an experience similar to what I had at R-MC,” she says. “Working with William & Mary students is a truly rewarding experience for me, as I see the graduate programs and careers their college experiences lead them to pursue.”
In 2014, William & Mary presented Dickter with the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award. The award is given to a younger faculty member at the university who has demonstrated the inspiration and stimulation of learning to the betterment of the individual and society.
“Receiving the award was a wonderful accomplishment, as it reflects my commitment to teaching and mentoring students,” says Dickter.
Dickter, who served as captain of the
team at R-MC, has attended Homecoming several times, and she keeps in contact with friends via Facebook, through the
and soccer newsletters. She continues to play soccer today with her husband Gerris, whom she met on the soccer field eight years ago.
Dickter also enjoys traveling and has been to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Iceland, and many U.S. states in the last three years. Next up is a summer trip to Italy with Gerris, where she will re-visit some of the sites of an R-MC January Term (
) trip she took 14 years ago.
“It was a course in which we explored museums and learned about various landmarks,” she says. “I remember that I did a project on the catacombs and presented it to the rest of the class while we were actually at the site. Studying abroad is a wonderful way to learn.”
Paving the Way for Success
Rather than prepare students for one career, Randolph-Macon College prepares students for a lifetime of careers in an ever-changing world. Exceptional faculty work with students to cultivate their ability to think critically and analytically and to find creative solutions for solving problems. R-MC graduates are well-prepared for successful careers, often far outside of their areas of study.
and Alumni Network
, the cornerstone of the
Center for Personal and Career Development
, helps Randolph-Macon students lead the pack when competing for jobs and top graduate schools. Students have the support of faculty, career coaches, alumni and staff as they focus on their personal and academic ambitions.
Students may choose to pursue paid or volunteer internships in a wide variety of settings. The
Bassett Internship Program
has been successfully placing students in academic internships both in the U.S. and around the globe for 30 years. Coordinated with the Center for Personal and Career Development, the program helps students identify their interests and matches them with an appropriate internship opportunity. Randolph-Macon’s
provide a strong network of support for students throughout their time at the college or in assisting them after graduation with career direction and opportunities.
The Four-Year Degree Guarantee
Four-Year Degree Guarantee
states in writing that freshmen who meet the Four-Year Degree Guarantee requirements will graduate within four calendar years. If not, Randolph-Macon will waive tuition costs for courses needed to complete the degree. Currently, 95 percent of R-MC graduates complete their degree in four years or less—an important value-added benefit for parents to consider when visiting colleges with their students.
programs offer students a beyond-the-classroom global perspective and opportunities to immerse themselves in other cultures. Students can choose from a host of travel courses during January Term and semester-abroad programs.
The Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (
) program gives students the opportunity to conduct 10 weeks of original research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Many students present their findings at national and international conferences.
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