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9th Annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference a success

10/30/2009

Impressive examples of psychological science by undergraduate students were on display at the Rialto Theater October 30th, illustrating Dr. Laura Namy's point that working with undergraduates makes research better. Dr. Namy, an associate professor of psychology, director of the Child Study Center, and associate director of theCenter for Mind, Brain, andCulture at Emory University), argued this point as part of her keynote address, "How Undergraduates Make Resaerch Better: Tales from the Language and Learning Lab" at the 9th annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC). Dr. Namy also illustrated this from research at her own lab, where she studies word learning, symbolic development, and conceptual development.

 

The theme-sponsor for PURC 2009 was the Language and Literacy initiative. The conference was co-sponsored by the Georgia State chapter of Psi Chi, by the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and by the Department of Psychology.  33 poster presentations summarized the research activities of undergraduate students across the breadth of psychology. Outstanding research posters were recognized in several categories:

 

  • CBN Award for best poster in behavioral neuroscience: 
    • First place : Brett Young and co-authors, for "Effects of adolescent high-fructose consumption on adult hippocampal-dependent memory" (Marise Parent, sponsor)
    • Runner-up: J. T. Garretson and co-authors, for "Non-classical effects of 17B-estradiol on vaginal marking in Syrian hamsters" (Aras Petrulis, sponsor)
  • Award for best poster on diversity research: 
    • First place: Alice Barrett and co-authors, for "Racial harmony and English proficiency as predictors of academic motivation and math achievement" (Scott Weaver, sponsor)
    • Runner-up: Shawn Sheehan and co-authors, for "The relations between mindfulness and mental health-related variables among African American college students" (Aki Masuda and Page Anderson, sponsors)
  •  Overall award for best poster:
    • First place: Shawn Sheehan and co-authors, for "The relations between mindfulness and mental health-related variables among African American college students" (Aki Masuda and Page Anderson, sponsors)
    • Second place: J. T. Garretson and co-authors, for "Non-classical effects of 17B-estradiol on vaginal marking in Syrian hamsters" (Aras Petrulis, sponsor)
    • Third place: K. Minor and co-authors, for "Dimensions of academic expectancies and values among low income youth: Do the associations between motivation and achievement differ for high vs. non-high achieving youth" (Gabe Kuperminc, sponsor)
Congratulations to all the participants and their sponsors, and to Marika Lamoreaux for coordinating another successful PURC!

 

For more information about PURC, see http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwpur/index.htm