“The opportunities I’ve had at Worcester State have been endless.”
Student Research Grant
Lauren Hassett has made the most of every opportunity she’s had at Worcester State. As a result, she’s well on her way to the career of her dreams in the nonprofit sector. The history major has earned acceptance into the highly competitive City Year in Boston, where she will mentor at-risk students. In fall 2014, she will begin graduate study in Brown University’s Nonprofit Leadership and Social Innovation program, which accepts only about 25 students – 8 percent of applicants – per year.
Lauren, a native of Oxford, Mass., says that a wide range of hands-on learning experiences at WSU were key factors in her acceptance to both programs.
Lauren was an AmeriCorps VISTA intern in WSU’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, where she was involved in a study of the partnership between our Education Department and Worcester Public Schools. In February 2013, with support from a Student Research Grant, she presented her research at the Professional Development Schools National Conference in New Orleans.
Lauren also had a paid internship at Chandler Psychological Services, which serves police officers and other first responders.
Her love of history was deepened during a study away semester in Worcester, England. “I came back really wanting to expand my knowledge of the world,” she says.
Lauren adds, “The opportunities I’ve had at Worcester State have been endless.”