The many faces of Goshen College

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SCIENCE HALL Goshen College excels at preparing students for doctoral degrees

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hen it comes to earning a doctoral degree, Goshen College students have an advantage. At GC, students have more

GREG KOOP ’06

opportunities for undergraduate research, have smaller classes and build relationships with top-notch professors both in and out of the classroom. In fact, among both public and private Indiana institutions, Goshen College ranks second in the number of graduates who go on to earn doctorates when institutional size (enrollment) is taken into account* (check out the graph at left). Nationally, GC ranks 87th out of 262 baccalaureate

A postdoctoral researcher in the Memory Modeling Lab at Syracuse University, Greg Koop has delved deeply into the field of memory and decision making. The decision to study psychology didn’t come easily for Greg, but as they say, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Greg’s father, Vic Koop, taught psychology at Goshen College for 27 years, retiring in 2009.

When did you know that you wanted to pursue the highest level of education?

Syracuse, N.Y. B.A., Goshen College,

psychology and history

M.A., Ph.D., Miami (Ohio) University, psychology

“Following college I completed a year with Mennonite Voluntary Service. I was fairly certain that I would not end up in psychology. However, I soon came to miss the empirical, scientific perspective that had characterized the psychology department at Goshen. The projects I proposed at my service location all utilized the skills I learned as a psychology major, which I took as an indication that work in psychology was really something I wanted to do for a career.”

institutions. Among Mennonite institutions, GC leads the pack with twice as many students earning doctorates than any other institution. In the last 50 years, more than half of the students who have earned doctoral degrees earned them in the sciences. We’d like to introduce you to a few of them. *Data is from the National Science Foundation’s Survey of Earned Doctorates. Data include doctorates earned between 1990-2010 by graduates

How did Goshen College prepare you for your current work? “When I first arrived

in graduate school I was fairly intimidated by the pedigree of some of my classmates, but I soon realized that the breadth of knowledge I gained at Goshen was at least comparable to that of my classmates from large research institutions. My liberal arts background made me thoroughly prepared for graduate work in psychology. The time and attention given to students by the faculty at Goshen is truly a unique opportunity for undergraduates, and it is fantastic preparation for the close advisoradvisee relationship in graduate school.” What is a piece of advice you would give to someone who is heading into your field?

“Some of the best advice I received before applying to graduate school was that I had to have “fire in the belly” about my chosen discipline. Graduate school in any area is a lot of hard work with delayed gratification, so undertaking such an endeavor is almost impossible without some passion for the field.” Spring 2014 | BULLETIN

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