The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Fall Research Symposium was held on Friday, November 30, 2018, in Ashurst Hall. Over 160 posters were presented during the event, involving 341 participants and 27 faculty sponsors from throughout the college. The fall symposium provides a much anticipated opportunity for students from the Department of Psychological Sciences to present research they conducted during Introductory Undergraduate Research (PSY 279), Undergraduate Research (PSY 485), or Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 302W) courses.
A friendly competition between PSY 302W research groups was coordinated by Nora Dunbar, Ph.D. Groups of judges, comprised of department faculty and graduate students, evaluated posters for a number of awards, including the most interesting research question, most creative experimental method, the most creative nonexperimental method, the best statistical analysis, and others. In addition, awards were made for Best Overall Project.
Best in Show — Love, Actually…
Iliana Alamillo, Rachel Cao, Victoria DuCharme, & Cristian Rivera
Faculty mentor: Nora Dunbar, Ph.D.
Graduate student mentor: Courtney Nobel
This project explored whether marital conflict or parent-child attachment was a better predictor of anxiety towards romantic relationships.
2nd Place — It’s not a small world after all: Culture’s effect on acculturative stress and coping
Tia Burgess, Whitney Fox, Selena Hernandez, and Jillian Rollins
Faculty mentor: Gregory Busath, Ph.D.
Graduate student mentor: Olivia Triplett
3rd Place — Effects of Anonymity and Biological Sex on Altruistic Punishment
Amanda Conaway, Megan Mills, Lexi Stein, & Hailey Westcott
Faculty mentor: John Myers, Ph.D.
Graduate student mentor: Jessica Tyra
The awards were presented immediately following the symposium with Dr. Dunbar serving as Master of Ceremonies. The poster for the Best Overall Poster was installed in a poster frame adjacent to the front desk of the Department of Psychological Sciences on the 3rd floor of the Student and Academic Services Building (60). The poster will remain on display until the end of the spring 2019 semester.
Mark your calendars to attend the NAU Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, April 26, 2019.