The 5th Annual NIU Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference

Our annual departmental research conference was a resounding success, with 22 student posters co-authored by faculty in our department and dozens of student presenters in total.  Congratulations to everyone for another strong showing!  

Winning Posters:

  • Nalini Jadia & Matt Woodbury (Faculty advisor: Dr. Angela Grippo)
  • Curtis Krueger & Robert Fite (Faculty advisor: Dr. Amanda Durik)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Molly Parker (Faculty advisor: Dr. Doug Wallace)
  • Bryce Sommer (Faculty advisor: Dr. Anne Britt)
  • Shelby Stanley (Faculty advisors: Dr. Patty Wallace and Dr. Anne Britt)

A complete listing of the department's participants, presentation titles and faculty mentors follows:

  • Drunk History: A History of Binge Drinking Disrupts Performance in a Human Analogue of the Morris Water Maze -- Molly Parker, Phil Blankenship, & Douglas Wallace
    Presenter: Molly Parker
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Douglas Wallace
  • The Impact of Rape Disclosure Experiences from the Perspective of the Disclosure Recipient in a College Sample -- Abigail Porter, Jennifer Milliken, Sapir Sasson, Jemi Hasulube, & Lisa Paul
    Presenter: Abigail Porter
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Paul
  • The Effect of “Because” -- Giselle Sanroman, Nicole Bowker,  Demetrea Smith, Michelle Kaden, Lillian
    Asiala, & Katja Wiemer
    Presenters: Giselle Sanroman & Nicole Bowker
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katja Wiemer
  • Retrograde Amnesia in a Novel String Pulling Task after Selective Hippocampal Cholinergic Deafferentation -- Megan Sieg, Jenny Koppen, & Douglas Wallace
    Presenter: Megan Sieg
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Douglas Wallace
  • Student Evaluations of Scientific Explanations: Does the Word “because” Matter Even if the Answers are Clearly Wrong? -- Demetrea Smith, Nicole Bowker, Giselle Sanroman, Michelle Kaden, Lillian Asiala, & Katja Wiemer
    Presenters: Demetrea Smith
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katja Wiemer
  • Learning Beyond the Highlighter: Improving Students’ Summaries of Scientific Research -- Bryce Sommer, Dylan Blaum, Patricia Wallace, & Anne Britt
    Presenter: Bryce Sommer
    Faculty Mentors: Dr. Patricia Wallace & Dr. Anne Britt
  • Expressive Writing in a Trauma-­‐Exposed Sample: Predicting Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress -- Kali
    Thomas, Allison Hansen, Antonia Seligowski, & Holly Orcutt
    Presenter: Kali Thomas
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Holly Orcutt
  • Adolescents Caught in the Web: Gender Differences in Cyber Engagement -- Amy Barkley, Julia Berg, Brooke Bland, Garret Hall, Tina Holm, Theresa Oostmeyer, Samantha Coyle,
    Ray Geosling, Melissa Nordstrom­‐Terry, Jaclyn Tennant, Christine Malecki, & Michelle Demaray
    Presenters: Amy Barkley, Julia Berg, Brooke Bland, Garret Hall, Tina Holm, & Theresa Oostmeyer
    Faculty Mentors: Dr. Christine Malecki & Dr. Michelle Demaray
  • Which Aspects of a Statement Lead to Its Identification as a Claim? -- Ashli Barney, Kristen Feeley, Dylan Blaum, & Anne Britt  
    Presenters: Ashli Barney & Kristen Feeley
    Faculty Mentor: Dr.  Anne Britt
  • I Don’t Practice Santeria: A Validation of the Voodoo Doll Task as a Measure of Aggression Towards Children -- Ariel Basham & Randy McCarthy
    Presenter: Ariel Basham
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randy McCarthy
  • The Impact of Reading Tasks when Learning About History -- Shelby Stanley, Brent Steffens, Anne Britt, & Michael Manderino
    Presenter: Shelby Stanley
    Faculty Mentors: Dr. Anne Britt & Dr. Michael Manderino
  • A Literature Review of Proposed and Actual Changes to DSM-­‐5 Across Multiple Disorders -- Natalie Ckuj, Kirsten Smythe, Alexandra Thelan, & Giulia Zanini, & Kevin Wu
    Presenters: Natalie Ckuj, Kirsten Smythe, Alexandra Thelan, & Giulia Zanini
    Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kevin Wu
  • The Seductive Nature of a Policy Text on Understanding Causes -- Johnathan Dunn, Dylan Blaum, & Anne Britt
    Presenter: Johnathan Dunn
    Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Anne Britt
  • The Relationship between Emotional Processing and Cognitive Processing Factors in Predicting Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms -- Taylor Faust, Christine Valdez, & Michelle Lilly
    Presenter: Taylor Faust  
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michelle Lilly
  • The Impact of Rape Disclosure on Recipients: Variables that Influence Post-­‐Disclosure Distress -- Jemi Hasulube, Jennifer Milliken, Sapir Sasson, Abigail Porter, & Lisa Paul
    Presenter: Jemi Hasulube
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Paul 
  • Social Isolation, Depression, and Physical Activity in an Animal Model -- Nalini Jadia, Matt Woodbury, Rachel Schultz, William Colburn, Neal McNeal, Joshua Wardwell, Melissa Ann Scotti, & Angela Grippo
    Presenters: Nalini Jadia & Matt Woodbury
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Angela Grippo
  • Age Meta-­‐stereotypes and Younger Workers -- Kristi Kovacs, Jasmine Albrecht, Nalini Jadia, Elora Voyles, & Lisa Finkelstein
    Presenters: Kristi Kovacs & Jasmine Albrecht
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Finkelstein
  • Testing the Convergence of Interview and Rating Scale Measures of Individual Interest -- Curtis Krueger, Robert Fite, Sarah Coley, & Amanda Durik
    Presenters: Curtis Krueger & Robert Fite
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amanda Durik
  • Ethnic Group Differences in Grandparent-­‐Grandchild Relationship Quality -- Jonathan Lopez, Emily Stewart, Surina Cardenas, Micah Ioffe, & Laura Pittman
    Presenters: Jonathan Lopez, Emily Stewart, & Surina Cardenas
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laura Pittman
  • Ethnic Differences in Relational and Physical Aggression -- Guadalupe Lopez, Nelly Bonilla, Michelle Platt, & Amy Luckner
    Presenters: Guadalupe Lopez & Nelly Bonilla
    Faculty Mentor: Dr. Amy Luckner
  • How Does that Work? Improving Students’ Understanding of Causal Processes -- Christie Miksys, Kathryn Rupp, Dylan Blaum, Patricia Wallace, & Anne Britt
    Presenters: Christie Miksys & Kathryn Rupp
    Faculty Mentors: Dr. Patricia Wallace & Dr. Anne Britt
  • Effects of Vestibular Pathology on Spatial Orientation in Mice -- Barbara Ohata, Jenny Koppen, Ryan Yoder, & Douglas Wallace
    Presenter: Barbara Ohata
    Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Douglas Wallace
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