Psychology Student Wins National Research Award

July 23, 2013

Junior Kelly Markowski received a prestigious research award to allow her to work on her honors research project over summer 2013. The Psi Chi/CUR Summer Research Grant, sponsored by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, and the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), awards Markowski a stipend of $3,500 to complete her research during the summer months. The application process involves submitting a proposal describing the research methods and theory of the proposed project. Kelly developed her proposal in the psychology department’s Honors Research course (PSY 400) taught by Dr. Tony Hermann. Only two Psi Chi/CUR research grants are awarded each year in this national competition. 

Kelly describes her honors research as testing: 

how humor -- specifically, sexist humor -- elicits feelings, perceptions of self, and behaviors that impact subsequent interaction. Taking an interdisciplinary approach using both psychological and sociological insight, my project aims to test the effects of sexist humor on one's perception of competence, ability, and performance. The common justification, 'it's just a joke', may obscure the negative impact of what would otherwise appear to be an everyday, mundane interaction.

Kelly is a participant in the psychology department’s honors research program. She is the sixth psychology honors student to win a national research award from Psi Chi in the last three years. Dr. Hermann and Dr. Lizabeth Crawford are supervising the project.