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2013
October

October 25, 2013. Dr. Deborah Jones from UNC Chapel Hill gave a talk entitled "Bridging the Gap between the Classroom and the Lab:  Engaging Undergraduates for a Richer and more Rewarding Program of Research.”

There were 34 student posters. The top overall prize was won by Nicholas Bello (faculty sponsor Gwen Frishkoff). Kim Braunsworth (faculty sponsor Rebecca Williamson) won second place and Alexandra Duncan (faculty sponsor Gabe Kuperminc) won third place. Morgan Mosley (faculty sponsor Nancy Forger) won the CBN neuroscience award and Hadrian Mendoza (faculty sponsor Aki Masuda) won the Diversity Award.

Psi Chi, Center for Behavior Neuroscience, and the Clinical Psychology program sponsored the conference.

2012
October

October 26, 2012  Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood gave a talk entitled “Knowledge is Power: Why it is Important to be Involved in Undergraduate Research.” Dr. Kohn-Wood is an Associate Professor at the University of Miami.

There were 31 student posters. The top overall prize was awarded to Omid Midanaky (faculty sponsor Gwen Frishkoff). Luke Shin won second place and Makeda Moore (faculty sponsor Diana Robins) won third place. The CBN Neuroscience top award went to G. Taylor Brooks (faculty sponsor Gwen Frishkoff) and the Diversity award was given to Damla Corekli (faculty sponsor Seyda Ozcaliskan).

The conference was sponsored by Psi Chi, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Community Psychology Program.

2011
October

October 28th, 2011.  Dr. Robert Hampton gave a talk titled “Learning Who Is Boss: Social Skills for Monkeys”.  He is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory and Associate Research Professor of Psychobiology at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.   He is an affiliate of Emory’s Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology undergraduate program.

39 students presented posters, and five were selected for top honors.  Overall first place was awarded to Alyssa Ailion (Tricia King, faculty sponsor), Pedro del Valle (Rebecca Williamson, sponsor) won second place, and Ashley Watson won third place (Marise Parent, faculty sponsor). The CBN poster award went to Zena McCarthy (Gwen Frishkoff, faculty sponsor), and the Diversity award went to Alesha Bond (Heather Kleider, faculty sponsor).

PURC was sponsored by the Psychology department, Psi Chi, and the GSU Second Century Initiative in Primate Social Cognition, Evolution, and Behavior.

2010
October

October 22nd, 2010.  Dr. Deborah South Richardson gave a talk titled “Research on Everyday Aggression: Personal Experience Leads to Research Questions.” Dr. Richardson is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Augusta State University, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. She has recently been appointed to an adjunct professorship in the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, where she serves as Director of the Educational Research Fellowship through the Education Discovery Institute.

44 students presented posters, and five were selected for top honors.  Overall first place was awarded to Mirjana Ivanisevic (Tricia King, faculty sponsor), Alyssa Ailion (Tricia King, sponsor) won second place, and Kristen Nielsen won third place (Robert Latzman, faculty sponsor). The CBN poster award went to Evan Werstler (B Ford, faculty sponsor), and the Diversity award went to Amanda Culver (Tracie Stewart, faculty sponsor).

PURC was sponsored by the Psychology department, Psi Chi, and the Emory Center for Injury Control.

2009
October

October 30th, 2009.  Dr. Laura Namy (Emory University) gave a talk titled "How Undergraduates Make Research Better: Tales from the Language and Learning Lab." She received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Indiana University. She completed her doctorate in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University in 1998 and has been at Emory ever since. Her research focuses on word learning, symbolic development and conceptual development.

33 students presented posters, and five were selected for top honors.  Overall first place was awarded to Shawn Sheehan (Akihiko Masuda, faculty sponsor), Johnny Garretson (Aras Petrulis, sponsor) won second place, and Kelly Minor won third place (Rihanna Williams, faculty sponsor). The CBN poster award went to Brett Young (Marise Parent, faculty sponsor), and the Diversity award went to Alice Barrett (Scott Weaver, faculty sponsor). 

PURC was sponsored by the Psychology department, Psi Chi, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Language and Learning Initiative.

2008
November

November 5, 2008. Dr. Roger K. R. Thompson (Franklin and Marshall College) is the Dr. E. Paul & Frances H. Reiff Professor of Psychology and Biological Foundations of Behavior at F&M, and is one of the world's leading authorities on animal minds.

Overall first place was awarded to Cedric Dortch (Rihana Williams, faculty sponsors), Melissa Nikolic (Diana Robins, sponsor) won second place, and third place went to Michael Williams. The CBN poster award went to Bethany Bagley, and Leon Silvers (Julia Perilla, sponsor) received the Best Diversity Poster award.

2007
November

November 2, 2007, Understanding Psychopathology, Dr. Terry D. Blumenthal, Wake Forest University

2007
April

March 30, 2007, Exploring the Developing Mind, Dr. Ralph Radach, Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University

2006

Friday, April 7, 2006, The Social Mind and Social Brain, Dr. Sam Gaertner, Professor of Social Psychology, The University of Delaware. "Corporate mergers and acquisitions, organizational consolidation, desegregation, and second marriages are but a few examples of a frequently occurring social phenomenon: The merger of two or more groups into one organizational structure. Professor Gaertner's work in both field and laboratory settings examines how intergroup relations across diverse settings such as these can be conducted more smoothly and effectively. Professor Gaertner's research, at a theoretical level, concerns the development of intergroup unity, which involves connectedness and cohesiveness between the memberships within a merged group structure. It is hypothesized that inducing the memberships of these groups to conceive of the aggregate as a single entity enables their relationship to benefit from their common ingroup identity. "

2005

Dr. Michael J. Kuhar of Emory University, is a world-reknown scholar whose research focuses on drug receptors, neurotransmitters, and their involvement in therapeutics and disease. In addition to his role as the Chief of the Division of Neuroscience at the the Yerkes Regional Primate Center here in Atlanta, Dr. Kuhar has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to science by being named Charles Howard Candler Professor at the Emory School of Medicine and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.

2004

Third Annual PURC at GSU – “Diversity in Psychology”; student poster presentations and juried paper presentations; practicum and graduate students panels; alumni panel; professional roundtable; keynote speaker; workshops on preparing for graduate school, resume writing, interviewing, networking

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Woolard, Psychology Professor, Georgetown University

2003

PURC 2003 Photo Album
Diversity Related Presentations

Second Annual PURC at GSU; 69 student poster presentations, including 12 by students from other schools (Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Emory, UGA); practicum and graduate students panels; alumni panel; professional roundtable; over 120 students registered to participate

Keynote speaker: Dr. Scott Lilienfeld of Emory University

2002

First Annual PURC at GSU; 29 student poster presentations, including 6 by students from other schools (Morehouse and Spelman); practicum and graduate students panels; professional roundtable