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Westminster College Hosts State Psychology Conference

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MUPC LogoThe Psychology Department of Westminster College will host the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference Nov. 11-12 on campus, bringing regional psychology professors and students to campus to share their ideas, learn more about their discipline and receive professional development advice.

"I'm very pleased that we are hosting the Seventh Annual Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference," says Dr. Ted Jaeger, Westminster Professor of Psychology. "This event brings together outstanding psychology students in the region so that they can share their research with each other and create a forum for advancing their knowledge in the discipline."

Past conference hosts have included Avila University in Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University and Lindenwood University. This marks the second year in a row that Westminster has hosted the event.

"Last year's event was a success both from a student and faculty perspective," says Jaeger. "We had great posters and oral presentations and the addresses were interesting and informative. You could really feel the synergy that occurs when energetic young scholars get together to discuss their research projects."

Approximately 120 students and faculty from 10-15 different regional colleges and universities are expected to attend.

At last year's conference the faculty in attendance formed a board to oversee and nurture the event. Representing eight different Missouri colleges and universities, board members are committed to getting their undergraduate students to present at the conference.

"We hope the board will be able to increase the number of institutions and presenters represented at our event," says Jaeger.

Events on Nov. 11 will include a poster session in the Atrium of the Coulter Science Center and information tables where students can learn about careers and graduate school opportunities in psychology as well as employment in the Missouri mental health system.

"In addition, several of our former students who are now in graduate school programs will be at an information table to offer advice on getting into graduate school, building a resume, choosing the right undergraduate courses, getting good letters of recommendation and other valuable topics," says Jaeger.

Westminster graduates at the tables will provide information on relevant topics such as careers in mental health, using the psychology major in other professions such as law and business and how to succeed in psychology graduate school.

Events on Nov. 12 will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Brick Johnstone entitled "Neuroscience and Religion: Opportunities for Psychologists." The Psi Chi National Honorary Society for Psychology address for the day is titled "Getting into Graduate School in Psychology" and will be given by Dr. Mara Aruguete. These addresses will be delivered in the Coulter Lecture Hall.

Between the two major talks will be three, one-hour student sessions. Each session will include four or five 12-minute presentations in which students report on their own undergraduate research conducted at their home institutions. These sessions will be held in Rooms 204 and 206 of the Coulter Science Center and will be moderated and judged by visiting faculty.

At the conclusion of the conference, an awards session will be held for outstanding posters and oral presentations.

Registration at the door for the conference is $20.

More information on the conference is available at www.westminster-mo.edu/MUPC.

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