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Westminster Hosts State Psychology Conference

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The Psychology Department of Westminster College will host the Missouri Undergraduate Psychology Conference Nov. 5-6 on campus, bringing regional psychology professors and students to campus to share their ideas, learn more about their discipline and receive professional development advice.

This will be the sixth annual gathering of the group. Past hosts have included Avila University in Kansas City, Northwest Missouri State University and Lindenwood University.

"I'm very pleased that we are hosting the Sixth 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."

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

Events on Nov. 5 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.

Events on Nov. 6 will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Muriel Bebeau entitled "Your Ethics, Your Life: Who Are You? Who Will You Become?" Next will be multiple oral presentation sessions with students giving 12-minute presentations on their research at their home institutions. These sessions will be moderated and judged by visiting faculty.

Following the oral presentations, Dr. Gary Forrest, class of '65, who is currently a faculty member of the University of the Rockies, will deliver the Psi Chi address on the topic "The Many Faces of Psychology in the 21st Century." Then an awards session will be held for outstanding posters and oral presentations.

Registration at the door for the conference is $20.

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