Jack Burke

Major: Psychology

Class of 2025

Why did you choose Scranton? 

I chose Scranton to continue my education at a Jesuit university. I was awarded the Redington Scholarship, granted to one student from Ireland every year. Cura Personalis, which centers on the development of individuals, is a fundamental asset crucial to a worthwhile education. The University of Scranton fulfills this through small class sizes and a terrific feeling of community. As an international student, I am comforted by the strong sense of community that creates a home away from home.

What do you like about the psychology major? 

The psychology major is a fantastic community of like-minded individuals and is a great way to know classmates and faculty members while expanding one’s knowledge. The faculty’s support and expertise make students feel welcome and appreciated. The faculty care about students’ success, allowing them to thrive.

What research are you doing at Scranton?

I am a research assistant for Dr. Karpiak. We are working on my University Honors Program project thesis, examining therapists’ experience with no-shows and dropouts. We also work on numerous projects related to NSF grants and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

What are your extracurricular activities?

I enjoy keeping busy, so I am involved in numerous extracurricular activities. These include the International Senator on Student Government, President of the Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus (APSSC), President of the Irish Culture Society, President of the International Students Club, member of the Psychology Club, member of Performance Music’s Symphonic Band and Choir, and member of the Rugby Club. I also volunteer on Service Trips and in the past have travelled to Guatemala and Missouri to serve those in need.

Tell us about your internship.

I was fortunate to be awarded the Royal Experience Summer Internship Award, which awards stipends for internships. I interned at Friendship House as a Clinical Research Intern. This fantastic experience consisted of observing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) while also harvesting data.

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