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May 3, 2002

UW-RF Psychology Students Present Projects

By Khrysten Darm
UW-RF News Bureau

Students from 22 institutions in five states attended the 37th annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference held on the campus of UW-River Falls, on Saturday, April 27. The conference was held outside the state for the first time ever this year.

The MUPC, one of the longest-running undergraduate research conferences in the country, offers undergraduate students a chance to present psychology-related research projects in either oral or poster form. It also gives students a chance to gain conference experience.

Overall, there were 241 registered attendees, including 205 students and 36 faculty. Altogether they delivered 146 poster presentations and 40 oral presentations. Twenty-two students from UW-RF presented at the conference.

"We are thrilled to be hosting this conference," said psychology Professor Brad Caskey. "We put in a lot of work to make this the best one ever."

Caskey said that while most of the projects focused on the summation of empirical research, students were also encouraged to present literature reviews and talks focusing on any specific issues within the science of psychology. Each oral presenter was allowed eight minutes for delivery and two minutes for questions. The posters were exhibited in 50-minute sessions.

Robert Kail, professor of psychology at Purdue University in West Layfayette, Ind., was the keynote speaker, addressing the audience on "The Search for General Mechanisms in Cognitive Development."

UW-RF students who presented their research projects at the conference included: (All of the students are psychology majors unless otherwise noted.)

Allisson Aamodt, a sophomore from River Falls, and Amanda Jagodzinski, a junior from Wisconsin Rapids, presented on the role of visibility on the Stroop effect.

Brian Bammert, a junior from Monticello, Minn., Katie Roberts, a sophomore from Plymouth, Minn, and Nicole Schwartz, a sophomore from Maplewood, Minn., presented on the effects of varying attitudes on participant conformity.

Adam Clark, a junior from Saukville, Rachel Culver, a sophomore from Germantown, and Jennifer Schulze, a sophomore from River Falls , presented a freshman anxiety study.

Jessica Dauffenbach, a sophomore from Burlington, Nicole Miles, a sophomore from South St. Paul, Minn., and Rachel Peterson, a sophomore from Hastings, Minn., presented on an ink blot study.

Carrie Johnson, a sophomore from Bloomington, Minn.,and Ridelle Kittilson, a sophomore from Prescott, presented on the preference for punishment.

Sarah Lentz, a sophomore from Ironton, Minn., Nicole Miles, a sophomore from South St. Paul, Minn., and Emily Winter, a sophomore from Woodbury, Minn., presented on how attitude and appearance influence perception by peers.

Carolyn Lovmo, a senior from Maple Grove, Minn,, presented on personality and levels of alcohol consumption in college students.

Robert Maxwell, a sophomore from Ellsworth, Diana Post, a freshman from River Falls, and Lester Westin, a sophomore from Oakdale, Minn., presented on conformity research.

Gail Ruckle, a senior from River Falls, presented on an elder environment design; an analysis of a long term care facility.

Melissa Tvrdik, a junior from Farwell, Minn presented on the environmental influences on aesthetic judgement.

Heather Wolfgram, a senior from Big Bend, majoring in biology. presented on the denial of racism and what makes it most likely to occur.

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