26th APS Annual Convention: Mark Your Calendar (San Francisco, CA, USA - May 22-25, 2014)

Psi Beta Symposium

Promoting Undergraduate Research

Friday, May 23, 2014, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Union Square 20

Chair: Melanie Arpaio
Sussex College

The panel will describe successful approaches for engaging undergraduates in meaningful and collaborative research activities and service-learning programs. Each service-learning program includes a comprehensive research component and serves to deepen student learning and benefit the community.


Psi Beta's Heroic Imagination Service-Learning Project
Kris Leppien-Christensen
Saddleback College
Psychology students form into teams and present highly interactive lessons (e.g., bystander effect, mindset, happiness, prejudice) to high school, college, and community groups. The research component exams the project's impact on the audiences and well as presentation team members.

Psi Beta's CONNECT Classroom Peer-Mentor Model
Jerry L. Rudmann
Irvine Valley College, Psi Beta
Psychology students are assigned as peer-mentors to Psychology 1 sections in order to promote academic success and higher graduation rates. The peer-mentors present several interventions: A mindset workshop, self-regulation (study skills)workshops, tutoring, campus engagement opportunities, and tutoring. The research component examines the project's positive impact.

Co-Author: Melody Brown, Irvine Valley College

Psi Beta's National Research Project and Student Research Award Competition
Katherine Wickes
Blinn College
Each year Psi Beta sponsors a national research project designed to provide a meaningful research experience to thousands of students across the nation. Examples of past national research projects and plans for the future studies will be described. Psi Beta's student research competition will also be explained.

Co-Author: Samvel Jesmaridian, Technical Career Institutes (TCI)

Strategies for Promoting Student Research
Kimberely Duff
Cerritos College
Strategies that promote student research include include a) structuring methods course research projects, b) forming a campus-wide committee devoted to undergraduate research, and c) hosting a campus-based research conference.

Co-Author: Jennifer O'Loughlin-Brooks, Collin County College

Kathleen Hughes De Sousa (Discussant)
Pasco-Hernando College


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