Psi Chi presents research

By Christina Williams
April 14, 2005

Courtesy of Faith Nall

Four students from Cabrini’s psychology club, the Psi Chi chapter, were chosen to present their research at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychology Association (EPA) in Boston, Mass. The four students who attended the meeting were seniors Rich DeMatteo and Pete Schauster as well as juniors Amanda Farrington and Faith Nall.

Each student who is in Psi Chi submits his or her research, which is then reviewed. Once all of the submissions are reviewed there are a select few chosen to present their research. The person in charge of the EPA notifies those who they have chosen to present their research.

Each student picked a topic to research and then wrote a paper along with creating a poster to present their research. At the conference each student would stand with their poster and answer questions for those who were interested in the topic.

Farrington originally wrote a paper titled “Self Reported State of Anxiety Following Exposure to Musical Genre” for another class and submitted it. With help from Dr. Mary Lou Corbin Sicoli, former psychology professor, and a year of working on the research paper it was ready to present.

Farrington said that overall the experience was a pleasant and exciting one even though it snowed while the group was in Boston. Farrington said, “I had fun meeting students from all the different areas.”

Nall, originally wrote her paper, “Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Television Ads,” in April. After updating numbers and reworking the paper it was ready to be submitted and presented in Boston.

“I was excited, shocked and flattered when I was asked to present. I was nervous at first because I was not sure what to expect,” Nall said. This was Nall’s first time being in Boston. “I had never been to Boston before and it was so nice there even though it snowed,” she said.

Nall also said that she and Farrington were the first juniors to go to the annual meeting and present. Nall said, “I was so happy just being recognized.”

Dr. April Hansen, an assistant professor of psychology and one of the four professors to attend the event, said, “It is amazing that all four of the students won an award because there were only 16 awards given out for all of the Eastern Colleges. I believe that this is only the beginning of the success that these four students will have in their careers.” The four students that presented their research received a certificate for participating and a $300 award.

Hansen also mentioned that Sicoli, who recently left Cabrini, worked with all of the students extensively to be ready to present their papers. Sicoli was not able to attend the event but Hansen said, “She was there in spirit.”

In addition to winning awards in Boston, the Psi Chi chapter also received a Regional Chapter Award.

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