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April 1, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Four projects presented by Northwest Missouri State University psychology students earned second-place awards at the 31st Annual Great Plains Students' Psychology Convention March 18-19 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.
Twenty-four psychology students from Northwest Missouri State University, along with four faculty members, traveled to the conference where the students presented 12 different projects via posters and oral presentations.
Working with faculty sponsors, the students spent months researching and preparing the projects. Students majoring in psychology are part of the Social Science Research Group, which was formally organized about five years ago to assist the students.
"The purpose of this group is for students to gain a better understanding of the research process under the direction of faculty members," Dr. Rebecca Hendrix said. "This knowledge assists them in understanding the field of psychology and makes them more marketable for graduate study. Students work diligently throughout the year in preparation for the conference and find the process challenging but rewarding."
Founded in 1981, the annual conference is an opportunity for students to hear guest speakers and present psychology projects to their peers. The conference attracts students from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and may consist of as many as 130 graduate and undergraduate presentations.
Northwest will host the 32nd annual conference March 9-10, 2012. Dr. Jeremy Wolfe is scheduled to appear as the conference's keynote speaker and will address the audience on his research topic of visual search, an applied emphasis used in careers such as radiology technician and airport screening. Northwest has hosted the conference just once, in 1993.
To learn more about the conference go to http://greatplainspsychology.com/.
The following presentations received second-place awards during the convention at Washburn:
Other presentations by Northwest students were:
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