march 13, 2003

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UCO Psychology Student Wins National Honors

University of Central Oklahoma senior psychology major Kelly Lawson was awarded first place honors in the national undergraduate/graduate poster competition at the American Association for the advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Denver, Colo., on Feb. 15.

Lawson's project, titled "Fundamental Attributional Error and Lying: Effects of Gender, Perspective and Beneficiary," was one of nearly 100 entered into competition.

UCO professor of psychology Kathleen Donovan is Lawson's mentor and co-author on the project. She accompanied Lawson to the conference.

"The AAAS is the largest and most prestigious science conference in the world, " Donovan said. "The judges were very generous in their praise for Kelly's project and of UCO's undergraduate research program, as well."
Lawson also has been selected to present in competition at the Southwestern Psychological Association's Annual Meeting in New Orleans, April 17 through 19.

Lawson previously placed first in statewide competitions at the Oklahoma Psychological Society (OPS) and the Oklahoma Academy of Science (OAS) Fall Technical Meeting. She placed third in the Regional Universities competition.
Also present at the AAAS conference was UCO freshman Lindsey Fimple of Vinita.

Fimple, a freshman biology major, represented UCO as one of two state delegates at the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) annual meeting held in conjunction with the AAAS meeting in Denver.

Lawson is the daughter of Benny and Vickie Lawson of Altus. She is planning to attend a graduate program in industrial/organizational psychology next year. Fimple, the daughter of Dr. Debbie and Stan Fimple, also of Vinita, plans to study public relations and to possibly follow a PR career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Story Contact: Charles Johnson, UCO News Bureau Director, (405) 974-2315