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Lauren Silber

Member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
With an attitude that the world is changeable, I am dedicated to my research and academic endeavors as I pursue my B.S. degrees in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My experience as a Research Assistant at the Infant Learning Lab has taught me how to use the latest technology in eye tracking and coding as well as how to collaborate with graduate students to investigate how young children learn language. This position along with my role as a Child Advocate at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) has trained me in how to best interact with a variety of parents and children of all backgrounds and abilities. Additionally, this year Ive dedicated my time to my independent research on campus funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship. In partnership with DAIS and Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment (PAVE), I co-founded "Relationship FLAGS" with another DAIS volunteer. With guidance from our faculty mentor, Dr. Tracy Schroepfer, we are measuring the effectiveness of "Relationship FLAGS," a peer-led workshop on dating violence, in educating college students in how to recognize warning signs of abuse and how to help a friend. Pre-and-posttest surveys reveal that participants answer significantly more questions correctly after the workshop than they understood previously. I'm excited to announce that my workshop recently received the Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship to fund my research as a senior thesis during the 2018-19 academic year. I am passionate about violence prevention and childrens well-being in school, so upon graduation, I will pursue an Ed.S. degree in School Psychology so that I can help children overcome obstacles in school and achieve their full academic potential.
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Lauren Silber Elected as Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Officer

Lauren Silber at University of Wisconsin-Madison has been elected as an officer for the university's chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Silber was elected to the position of executiv...

October, 15 2019 - Verified by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Lauren Silber Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Lauren Silber of Shorewood, Wisconsin, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Silber was in...

February, 28 2018 - Verified by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Co-Founder/Peer-Facilitator of Workshop "Relationship FLAGS" at University of Wisconsin-Madison
This past year myself and another student, senior Maddie Zimmerman, discovered an alarming statistic: people ages 16-24 -- college students included -- experience the highest rates (1 in 4) of dating violence. Both long time volunteers at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) off campus, we came together with PAVE, a student organization for violence prevention, to combat this statistic and increase awareness of resources through DAIS, the only domestic abuse shelter in Dane County, on our campus. We were incredibly excited to receive a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship Grant of $6,750 to fund our project during the 2017-18 academic year. Our project is called Relationship FLAGS - For Leaders, Advocates, and Greek Students. With the help of DAIS and PAVE staff, we were able to develop a best-practice based workshop that we present to student organizations on campus. For the 2018-19 academic year, we were refunded by the Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship to continue to research the effectiveness of peer-led workshops on dating violence prevention for college students. Pre-and-posttest data has found that participants answer significantly more questions correctly on the posttest after the workshop than the pretest. The goal of Relationship FLAGS is to create a standard model for dating violence prevention training so that other universities can implement this curriculum as well. Our FLAGS team hopes to reduce the statistics of dating violence and help survivors ensure that nobody else has to be called a "survivor" again.
September 2017 - Present
Retail Salesperson at Life is Good
This position has given me the opportunity to develop customer service skills as I help people find clothing and mugs that represent their interests be it sports, camping, or dogs! At work and through my daily life, I help represent the brands mission to spread optimism and enjoy life!
January 2017 - Present
Research Assistant at the Infant Learning Lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor Saffrons child development class peaked my interest in research with young children, so I interviewed and accepted a position as a Freshman. Sophomore year, my role in the lab focused mostly on recruiting participants by phone or email and scheduling appointments for the graduate students. The next semester, I began coding infant studies and running some of their adult studies. This year, Ive been trained to run infant studies, where I get to set up the eye tracker to study gaze contingent stimuli as well as interact with parents in the introduction and debrief. The lab has brought me experience with the latest technology, expanded my network in psychology to include graduate students and our primary investigator, as well as kept me posted on current studies in child development.
September 2016 - Present

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