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Undergraduate Research Assistants


​​​Tate Steele

I am currently a senior at Clemson University studying Psychology with a minor in Life Sciences. I have been a part of the SHAARP team since my freshman year and have loved every second! I have grown so passionate about Alzheimer's prevention since I have started spending time here at the SHAARP lab. In my free time I love to be with my friends, family, and 2 dogs, but I spend most of my time doing school work. After graduation, I hope to attend Physician's Assistant school. 

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Madison Pollock

I am a senior Biological Sciences major and Psychology minor at Clemson University. This is my second semester working with the SHAARP Lab. I am a member of the Clemson University Honors College, and I hold three leadership positions in clubs on campus. These include being the 2022-2023 Vice President of the Minority Association of Premedical Students, the 2022-2023 Spiritual Leader of CURE Clemson, and the 2022-2023 Philactor of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Outside of the SHAARP Lab, I serve as an intern with Clemson’s Engineering and Science Education Department where I study STEM education research under Dr. Karen High. After college, I plan to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a physician in the future.


Bennett Davis

I am a senior at Clemson University where I am studying Pre-Professional Health Studies: Health Science. I plan to attend medical school after my undergraduate studies and am currently in the process of applying. On campus I'm involved in Greek life and spend time hanging out with my friends or studying for various classes. Out of school, I work part time as an EMT with Prisma Health and have developed a love for geriatric care. I'm interested in learning more on how behavioral health such as cognition can influence the development of chronic conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Julia Bonetto

Julia is serving as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the IEA on the TRAILS study. She is a junior at Clemson University and is pursuing a Biological sciences Major and Psychology minor. She was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and enjoys sports, music, and the outdoors.

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Samuel Roebuck

I am a junior at Clemson University majoring in Biological Sciences. This is my first semester with the SHAARP lab and my first semester as a research assistant. I am very much looking forward to the experience and am thankful for the opportunity. At Clemson, I am a member of Greek Life and a few intramural sports that the university has to offer. Outside of school, I make sure to spend time with my family and friends. After graduation, I plan on attending medical school in my dream to become a physician. 

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Amanda Padillo

I am a junior at Clemson University studying Special Education with a minor in Psychology. This is my first semester with the SHAARP lab and I am very excited for this opportunity! After my time at Clemson I plan to attend Occupational Therapy School. I am involved with ClemsonLIFE as well as am a member of the Pre-OST Club. Outside of school I have a part time job at Moe Joe Coffee Company and enjoy going to CrossFit Epoch. 


Ashley Hertzfeld

I am a senior at Clemson University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Life Science. This is my first semester at the IEA. On campus, I am involved in various clubs, one of my favorites being Clemson Hope, where we serve as mentors and pen-pals for students in elementary schools surrounding the Clemson area! Outside the lab and school, I volunteer in the Cardiac Rehab Center at Prisma. I also enjoy baking and hiking with my friends. After I graduate, I plan on getting my MD and am particularly interested in neurology. 

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Vanessa Martinez

I am a junior Psychology major with minors in Life Sciences and Genetics. This is my second semester working with the SHAARP Lab, and I have loved my experience so far. Outside the lab at Clemson, I mentor first-generation college students through the FIRST Program. I am Vice President of the Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society (2023-2024) and President of the ODK Honor Society (2023-2024). In the future, I intend to attend a doctoral program in clinical neuropsychology or forensic psychology.

Daniel Moss
Hey everyone, my name is Daniel Moss and I am a junior Psychology
major at Clemson. I am originally from Northern Virginia but wanted a
change in scenery, so I came down South! I joined the SHAARP Lab this
past summer and am continuing to work with them this fall. I am really
interested in research, so I joined the lab to gain experience in
different areas such as data collection and analysis. I hope to use
these skills in graduate school and eventually plan on working in federal
law enforcement as a profiler.
Seth Lynch
I am a junior Psychology major, Sociology minor at Clemson University. I started with the SHAARP Lab in April of 2023. I signed on to make a difference in the mental health community and break the silence. I also want to help bring equal opportunities to people of all ages at our university. I grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina and created my own path to get where I am now. I enjoy playing golf and I have an amazing dog that I absolutely adore.

Mary Walton
My name is Mary Walton and I am a junior Psychology major at Furman University. This will be my second semester at the SHAARP lab. My current plan for the remainder of my schooling is to attend graduate school for a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Outside of the Lab, I also participate in research at Furman with a faculty member as well as work as a TA in the psychology department. My interests lie in Gerontology and Early Childhood Development. 

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