Many students presented posters at Valpo’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research. Our department was well-represented, and three of the posters won awards! The students’ posters are on display in the department lobby — stop by to see them if you missed them at the CUR.

Several students also traveled to Butler University with Professor Winquist and represented Valpo well at the Butler Conference for Undergraduate Research. Last but not least, several students traveled to Chicago to present papers at the Midwestern Psychological Association convention. The names and titles of all of these projects are listed below — quite an impressive list of very interesting studies! Congrats to all student authors for their hard work — you make us proud!

~Celebration of Undergraduate Research~

Katie Hennessey ’11, Digging for Buried Treasure: Searching for Learning Cues in the Sand (Sponsor: Professor Vernon).

Gerald Hughes ’10, Assessing College Student’s Attitudes toward Science (Sponsor: Professor Carlson).

Thomas Miller ’09 & Alysse Foster ’10, Exploring Student Perception of the Valpo Honor Code: Creating an Instrument for Valid Assessment (Sponsors: Professors Simpson & Vernon). Board of Directors Award Winner

Catherine Renken ’09 & Elayna Strell ’09 (with engineering students), Point Vibration Therapy Device for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum (Sponsor: Professor Vernon). Dean’s Choice Presentation from the College of Engineering

Christina Roberts ’09, Recycling in Relation to Political Ideology, Environmental Concern, Knowledge and Beliefs (Sponsor: Professor Arkkelin). Board of Directors Award Winner

Kris Serra ’09, Choking Under Pressure: How Type of Focus Affects Athletic Performance (Sponsor: Professor Carlson).

~Butler Undergraduate Research Conference~

Ashley Lawrence & Anna Isaacson, The Relationship between Traditional Cheating, Digital Cheating, and Gender among College Students.

Grace Arnold, An Analysis of Gender and College-Age Students’ Self-Disclosure on Facebook.

~Midwestern Psychological Association~

Catherine Renken ’09, Josh Fogus, & Ashley Funk, Validation of Positive and Negative Beliefs About Rumination Scales.

Christina Roberts ’09, Recycling in Relation to Political Ideology, Environmental Concern, Knowledge and Beliefs.

Be on the lookout for other PsychNews regarding end-of-year announcements/events. Mark your calendars now for our annual Psychology Spring Picnic, to be held in the Dickmeyer Courtyard on Reading Day, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 4–6 p.m.!


Dan Arkkelin
Chair of Psychology

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