Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference – Winners

PURC's overall 1st place winner, Mirjana Ivanisevic, enthusiastically presenting her research.

On Friday, October 22, the 10th annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference was held at the Rialto Center for the Arts.  On display were 45 impressive posters outlining scientific research studies conducted by undergraduate psychology students in collaboration with faculty advisors.  The GSU Library joins the event’s sponsors, Psi Chi, Georgia State University’s Department of Psychology, and Emory University’s Center for Injury Control, in recognizing and congratulating all of the participants and this year’s award winners on their outstanding research activities, interests, and accomplishments.

1st place:
Ivanisevic, M., King, T.Z., Morris, R., Krawiecki, N.
Planning Skills During A Complex Drawing Task Predicts Adaptive Functioning of Long-Term Survivors of Childhood Brain Tumor

The judges said, “The first place presenter addressed the complex neuropsychological phenomenon of adaptive functioning in adult survivors of childhood brain tumors with thoughtfulness and scientific sophistication. Her responses to questions were thorough and insightful, and her enthusiasm for the topic was clear. For these reasons and many more, she was the unanimous selection of the judges for the top presenter at this year’s PURC.”

Ashley Whitaker, Kennesaw State University. Undergraduate psychology students from many colleges and universities presented at the conference.

2nd place:
Ailion, A.S., Smith, K.M., Morris, R.D., Krawiecki, N.S., & King, T.Z.
Comparison of Reading Skills in Children Diagnosed With a Brain Tumor Who Were Treated With or Without Radiation Therapy

The judges said, “The student clearly owns her project. Her delivery was exceptionally polished. She fielded questions expertly and she has a clear vision for the next steps, given the results of the current study.”

Kristen Nielsen, 3rd Place winner.

3rd place:
Nielsen, K.H., Lee, N., & Latzman, R.D.
Caregiver Depression Differentially Predicts Aspects of Quality of Life Among Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease

The judges said, “Kristen’s project addressed an important topic. She showed mastery of the topic and articulately answered questions. She recognized limitations of the study and had good ideas about how to extend the findings in future research.”

The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Award:
Werstler, Evan W., & Ford, B.D.
Consequences of NRG-1 Alteration in the Development of Schizophrenia

The judges said, “Evan displayed extensive knowledge and enthusiasm in the experiment he presented. The experiment was well thought-out and had a clear hypothesis and conclusions. The poster conveyed his use of advanced techniques throughout the research.”

Diversity Award:
Culver, A.A., Weiner, B.A., Schwartzman, C.S., Alexander, K.R., Myers, A.C., & Stewart, T.L.
Reducing Automatic Racial Stereotyping: Persistence of Situational Attribution Training Over Time

The judges said, “Very relevant diversity-related content and sophisticated analysis which goes beyond simple group differences analysis. The research was very high in practical ‘real world’ application/intervention implications.”

Stefanie Wellons, Georgia State University, presenting her research on the effects of stress on decision making and performance.

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