Psychology Students Present Research at State Conference

A team of USAO psychology students recently presented research at a statewide psychology conference, earning four awards as a result. From left are Dr. Chris Walker, Rachel Lutjens, Nathan Richards, Ricky James, Bobby Arnold, Chelsea Huddleston, Kinya Roberts and Lili Chen.

Psychology Students Present Research at State Conference


CHICKASHA -- Seven psychology students at the University of Science and Arts recently presented research at a statewide psychology conference, earning four awards as a result. The upper level psychology majors presented research at the 26th annual Oklahoma Psychological Society (OPS) research conference, held on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond on April 11.

Approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate students presented research at the conference, representing 11 state universities including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa and more.

Four USAO students won awards in the undergraduate poster competition out of six total awards given in the poster competition.

" Each of our students enrolled in Research Methods in the fall semester of 2007 and then in Advanced Research Methods this spring," said Dr. Christopher Walker, assistant professor of psychology, " so they put about one year's worth of effort into learning about research and then carrying out a study that they conceptualized from start to finish. As usual, Dr. Winn and I are very proud of our research students and the effort that they put into their work."

Dr. Tina Winn is associate professor of psychology and chair for the division of business and social science.

Oklahoma City senior Ricky James and Beaver senior Bobby Arnold received the second place award in the undergraduate poster competition for their combined project, " Examining the Role of Identification with Academics Among College Students."

Chickasha senior Chelsea Huddleston and Duncan senior Rachel Lutjens tied for fourth place with their individual projects " Belief in a Just World and Need for Cognition as Predictors of Attitudes Toward Middle Easterners" and " The Relationship Between Achievement Goals and Routes to Happiness," respectively.

Three other students presented research posters: senior Lili Chen of China with " The Relationship Between English Proficiency, Acculturative Stress and Belonging Among International Students;" Chickasha junior Kinya Roberts with " How Parenting Styles Predict Self-Esteem, Locus of Control and Hope;" and Lindsay senior Nathan Richards with " The Relationship Between Mentoring and Self-Determination."

While at the conference, the students met up with Nikki Luttrell, a 2004 USAO graduate who also was presenting research. Luttrell currently is completing her master's degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. She conducted a study entitled, " Implicit Associations and Out-group Biases." Her research earned a travel award from OPS that will help fund her presentation of the study at the next Southwest Psychological Association (SWPA) conference, to be held in Kansas City, Mo.