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June 2010

USAO Psychology Students Win Three Awards at State Conference


Psychology Students
A team of USAO psychology students won three of the top four awards in the undergraduate posters competition at a statewide psychology conference, earning first-, third- and fourth-place awards. From left (back row) are Daniel Pool, Keith Townley, Billie Wallis, Starling Rhymes and Isela Perez. Front row (from left) are Terri Lagunas, Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia, Amber Caudill, Kayla Butler, Jennifer Giamelle and Leah Thompson.

Three of the top four undergraduate poster awards at the 28th Annual Oklahoma Psychological Society Research Conference went to students from one Oklahoma university -- the University of Science and Arts.

Eleven USAO students from the Advanced Research Methods class attended the conference April 19 in Edmond. Kayla Butler, a psychology major from Claremore, placed first in the undergraduate posters competition.

USAO students competed against approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate students from across Oklahoma who presented their research at the conference. USAO, OU, OSU, the University of Tulsa, Southwestern, UCO, OCU, Oklahoma Christian University, Langston University, Cameron University and East Central University participated in the conference.

Butler's project was The Impact of Violent Media on One's Perception of Domestic Violence. Other USAO students placing in the competition included Amber Caudill, a psychology major from Duncan, who placed third with her project Personality Factors that Predict Attitudes Toward Sexual Assault Victims; and Daniel Pool, a psychology major from Chickasha and Keith Townley, a psychology major from Lone Grove, who placed fourth with their project Examining the Relationship Between Video Game Playing and Depression.

Other students participating in the conference included Jennifer Giamelle, a psychology major from Maysville; Terri Lagunas, a psychology major from Chickasha; Isela Perez, a psychology major from Oklahoma City; Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia, a psychology major from Mustang; Starling Rhymes, a psychology major from Ninnekah; Leah Thompson, a psychology major from Yukon, and Billie Wallis, a psychology major from Tuttle.

"The 11 students who presented their research began by enrolling in my Research Methods course for the fall 2009 semester," said Chris Walker, assistant professor of psychology and chair of the division of business and social science. "The goal was that by Christmas each student would have conceptualized a study, performed a comprehensive literature review and proposed methods for data collection and analysis.

"There were 26 students who successfully completed the course. Those students who wanted to complete their studies then enrolled in the Advanced Research Methods course in the spring. Those brave and intrepid students began their data collection in January and worked throughout the semester analyzing and writing their results," he said.

"As you would guess, I am very proud of each one of the students who attended and presented their research."

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