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Fourteen Northwest psychology students and two faculty members traveled March 13-14 to the 35th Annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention  at Friends University in Wichita, Kan.

Fourteen Northwest psychology students and two faculty members traveled March 13-14 to the 35th Annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention at Friends University in Wichita, Kan. (Submitted photo)

March 17, 2015

Psychology students earn research awards at annual convention

By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant

Six projects presented by Northwest Missouri State University psychology students received first- and second-place awards at the 35th Annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention March 13-14 at Friends University in Wichita, Kan.

Fourteen Northwest psychology students and two faculty members traveled to the conference where the students presented their projects as posters and oral presentations.

Students learn experimental research skills, presentation skills and critical thinking skills by participating in the convention. They work closely year-round with peers and faculty sponsors, gaining hands-on experience, to conduct the research projects.

“The purpose of the conference is to give undergraduate students the opportunity to present original research in a professional setting and to share ideas and information with other students and faculty across the Midwest,” said Dr. Carla Edwards, professor of psychology. “It is an opportunity for all involved to network and learn from each other. It is also a great opportunity to get presented research on the vita for graduate school applications.” 

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. To learn more about the conference, visit http://greatplainspsychology.com/.

The following presentations by Northwest students and their faculty sponsors received first-place awards during the 2015 convention:

The following presentations received second-place awards during the convention:

Other presentations by Northwest students were:


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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