The Linfield College Psychology Department has started a program letting professors, alumni and students share their research and experiences with the Linfield community.
The program, called Research Experience and Pizza (REAP), was started last year, and has continued through this semester. Community members are able to see the monthly presentations and enjoy viewing the work over a slice of pizza.
“REAP is a collaborative presentation that is meant to not only provide students the chance to share their research projects, but also to encourage conversation about how to improve the research and future considerations about the research, as well as to incite interest in prospective psychology majors,” senior Kadi White said.
Although the presentations are on serious and sometimes hard-hitting subjects, the overall atmosphere at the events remains relaxed.
“The environment of REAP is purposely relaxed so that students aren’t intimidated by the presentation,” White said. “It is not meant to be an academic lecture, like one a professor would give in class, but rather meant to be an opportunity for a student to share, and the students and professors listening, to freely ask questions and talk to the student about what they did.”
There have already been two REAP presentations during the fall 2012 semester. The first presentation took place Sept. 28. Tanya Tompkins, associate professor of psychology, Kimberly Hillman, class of ’12, and White presented their research on effective ways to decrease stigma toward transgender individuals.
The second presentation occurred Oct. 26. Lily Helpenstell, class of ’11, presented her research on the mechanisms that may mediate and/or moderate addiction and dependence for cocaine and ethanol.
“[REAP] provides a great opportunity to present and share research projects that psychology students have carried out,” White said. “I say this because it provides many advantages.
“Not only does it give the students a chance to share all their hard work with others, but it also is great practice for presenting research in the future at conventions and in other more serious ventures for a students’ career, including APS (Association for Psychological Science) presentations or for a research job after graduation,” White said.
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