Psi Beta Goes to APS!

Psi Beta has some great programs planned for the upcoming Association for Psychology Science (APS) Conference, May 22 – 25, 2014 in San Francisco. Psi Beta activities will include a teaching and learning excellence symposium, a distinguished speaker, and a student poster session. Additionally, 11 Psi Beta students have won conference scholarships and will be in attendance. For the names of students chosen for the APS / Psi Beta conference scholarship, please see the Psi Beta President’s message at the beginning of this newsletter.


Psi Beta Carol Tracy Distinguished Lecture: Why Do Psychologists Conduct Research Like Scientists but Teach Like Dummies?
            Stephen L. Chew, Samford University

Location: Union Square 20
Date/Time: Friday, May23, 2014 2:30 – 3:20 PM
Too often we base teaching on untested assumptions and little evidence. Treating teaching as an area of applied research improves teaching effectiveness and student learning.


The Psi Beta Symposium: Promoting Undergraduate Research

Location: Union Square 20
Date/Time: Friday, May 23 2014 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM
The panel will describe successful approaches for engaging undergraduates in meaningful and collaborative research activities and service-learning programs. Each service-learning program includes a comprehensive research component and serves to deepen student learning and benefit the community.
Chair: Melanie Arpaio, Sussex College

Psi Beta’s Heroic Imagination service-learning project
Kris Leppien-Christensen, Saddleback College
Psychology students form into teams and present highly interactive lessons (e.g., bystander effect, mindset, happiness, prejudice) to high school, college, and community groups. The research component examines the project’s impact on the audiences and well as the presentation team members.

Psi Beta’s CONNECT classroom peer-mentor model
Jerry L. Rudmann, Irvine Valley College, Psi Beta
Psychology students are assigned as peer-mentors to Psychology 1 sections in order to promote academic success and higher graduation rates. The peer-mentors present several interventions: A mindset workshop, self-regulation (study skills) workshops, tutoring, campus engagement opportunities, and tutoring. The research component examines the project’s positive impact.

Psi Beta’s national research project and student research award competition
Katherine Wickes, Blinn College
Each year Psi Beta sponsors a national research project designed to provide a meaningful research experience to thousands of students across the nation. Examples of past national research projects and plans for the future studies will be described. Psi Beta’s student research competition will also be explained.

Strategies for promoting student research
Kimberley Duff, Cerritos College
Jennifer O’Loughlin-Brooks, Collin County College
Strategies that promote student research include a) structuring methods course research projects, b) forming a campus-wide committee devoted to undergraduate research, and c) hosting a campus-based research conference.

Kathleen Hughes De Sousa, Pasco-Hernando College


Student Poster Session – TBA (Probably on Friday).

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