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Seven senior Cabrini psychology majors were entered into regional competition and have be chosen to present their research papers at a conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 17. The Cabrini students: Teresa Holland, Dave Madrak, Susan Landolf, Tamarah Smith Dyer, Christine Hence, Krista Stella, and Tara Lyons were selected from the East coast along with 63 other students to present their research papers at a conference held by the Eastern Psychology Association.
The process of researching and revising their psychology papers begins when the student takes, psychology department chari, Dr. Tomasco’s research method class. Both juniors and seniors are free to join this year-long class, but mostly honor students try to take this class as part of their fulfillment of the requirements to graduate with honors in a psychology degree.
In order to refine their paper, the students take an honors research practicum with, psychology professor, Dr. Mary Sicoli. “I’ve been writing it for two years. It’s a learning experience that’s not just educational but motivational,” Senior, Dave Madrak said.
Tomasco and Sicoli ultimately choose which students’ papers are submitted to regional competition. “The majority of students who go through the process of the revisions tend to go to the regional competition. It takes much perseverance,” Sicoli said.
The students develop the ideas for their research papers on their own and perform as many as six revisions on the paper. At the EPA conference the students have the chance to be chosen and win a $300 prize. In the past at least two winners have come from Cabrini.
Besides having the opportunity to present their works in front of their peers, Sicoli said, “This is a wonderful addition to the resume as it is considered a publication- rare for an undergrad.” Susan Landolf said, “It’s a positive achievement.”
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