BY SARAH VERRICO
SC Staff Writer
On December 3, 2013, East Stroudsburg University’s Psychology department will host its biannual psychological research forum at 12:00 PM in the Niedbala Auditorium located inside of the Warren 55’ and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology center.
The research forum, which brings together Psychology students from all class levels, majors and minors, offers student researchers a chance to showcase to ESU’s community all of the work they have done under the supervision of faculty.
Though the forum focuses on Psychological research conducted by students, invitations to attend the forum extend to ESU’s students at large.
Dr. Joe Miele, acting head of the Psychology department, recommends the forum for any students interested in the work of their peers or Psychology in general.
“Any Psychology major and anyone interested in Psychology can attend the forum and expect to see recognition of the hard work of students, and other students will be recognized for service or exceptional research,” said Miele.
Dr. Miele refers to the Kramer award, named after former Psychology student John Kramer, whose untimely death prompted the annual contribution of his parents to the department to commemorate their late son.
The two biannual awards are given to students selected by faculty for achievements in both service and research.
“Students who want to can enter their research to be judged,” said Dr. Miele, referring to the Kramer research award.
“Many of these projects are independent, but some of them are from classes that students take. Other students are recognized for outstanding achievements in service.”
The Evelyn and Valerie Hodge Memorial Scholarship for Psychology students will also be awarded at the forum.
The Hodge award is a commemorative scholarship given to psychology majors who demonstrate a commitment to Psychology through involvement in Psi Chi or Psychology association as well as outstanding academic achievement.
Other students will receive recognition at the research forum for other achievements.
Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology, inducts new members at the research forum, and following the inductions, the forum breaks out into a poster session where other student researchers display their own accomplishments.
The poster session acts as a stepping stone for students to gain experience in the profession of Psychology and it mimics the conferences and poster sessions of psychological professionals.
But the poster session does much more, as it allows faculty members to gain a different understanding of their students.
“You get to observe the students in ways that don’t come across in the classroom,” says Dr. Miele.
“And students see that we take great pride in and indeed value highly the work that our students do.”
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