Students and faculty present at MPA conference

July 21, 2011

More than 20 psychology students and six faculty members traveled to Chicago in May to present their research projects at the 2011 Midwestern Psychological Association conference, making the largest contingent the University has taken to the annual event.

Bradley brought more students to present at Psi Chi, the undergraduate portion of the conference, than any other private university. Psi Chi is the international honor society for psychology undergraduates. Topics ranged from studying reasoning behind music choices to role-play in multi-user computer games.

In addition to presenting, some Bradley participants won awards. Caitlin Cosme ’12 created a poster that won a prestigious regional research award, and Dr. Timothy Koeltzow, assistant professor of psychology, won the regional faculty adviser award. The Bradley group also won the psychology trivia contest, sponsored by Psi Chi, for the second year in a row.

“For many students, this is their first professional conference,” said Dr. Derek Montgomery, professor of psychology. “The combination of the city and the opportunity to meet so many prominent scholars is very exciting.”

Students took away more than just presentation experience. “This year’s meeting was especially helpful because of the alumni dinner,” said Whitney Fosco ’11. “We undergraduates were able to hear about graduate school from alums who are currently working on their graduate studies.” Fosco will pursue her doctorate in clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the fall.