Senior Jody Witt of Loveland, Colo., presented work from two local research projects with Tanya Tompkins, assistant professor of psychology, at the Society for Research in Child Development in Boston, Mass., in March. Witt participated in the Yamhill County Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project and the Families and Adolescents Coping with Stress (FACS) Project.
In May, Witt and two other students will present research at the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C. Witt, accompanied by Tompkins, will present data from the college suicide prevention evaluation project. Sophomore Chipo Dendere of Zimbabwe, along with Tompkins, will present another set of analyses from the FACS project. Senior Seth Davis of Baker City, along with Kay Livesay, assistant professor of psychology, will present a project on change blindness.
Freshman Nadia Abraibesh of Portland has been accepted to the American Psychological Association Summer Science Institute in June at the University of California, San Diego. The institute is a 10-day intensive program designed to immerse students in the science of psychology.
Opportunities such as these are crucial to students' growth as psychologists, according to Tompkins, who understands the importance of undergraduate research.
"Conducting research as an undergraduate opens doors for graduate school, especially when the work results in public presentations or publication," Tompkins added. "Such experience likely catches the eye of graduate schools and future employers in large part because they recognize that these students will possess a variety of skills including quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving that will serve them well in their future course of study or work.