May 05, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - The Psychology Department at Mount Union College will be hosting the Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Conference Saturday, April 21.

The one-day conference features concurrent sessions in which undergraduates from across the region (Ohio, western Pennsylvania, West Virginia) have been invited to orally present their empirical research projects. These presenters will include senior psychology majors at Mount Union who will be discussing their Senior Culminating Experiences and also several junior psychology majors who are working on independent study projects.

Submissions are due April 7 (accepted electronically) for interested presenters and registration is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. the morning of the conference in the hallway of the Tolerton & Hood Hall of Science. Following registration, Dr. Saundra Tracy, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, and Dr. Jeri Thompson, associate professor of psychology and conference coordinator, will present opening remarks before moving to the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center, where the sessions are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Presentations will be given in the multimedia classrooms of the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center where Mac and PC multimedia equipment, slide presentation software and overhead projectors are available. Each presentation will be 10 minutes, which will be followed by a 2-3 minute question/answer period.

Keynote speaker for the conference is Dr. Julio Ramirez, Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology at Davidson College in North Carolina. His area of expertise is neuroscience and his research interests include Alzheimer's disease and the recovery of function after central nervous system injury.

In 2000, Ramirez was named Fellow of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C. for his contributions to undergraduate science education and research, and presently serves as the Behavioral Neuroscience Section Editor for the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. The title of his address is "Are Broken Brains Doomed to Dysfunction."

This event is sponsored by the Ohio Consortium for Undergraduate Psychology Conferences headquartered at John Carroll University. It is held every spring at member institutions and allows undergraduates to engage in professional-level activities in psychology and network with their peers. Members of the Mount Union College chapter of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, as well as members of the Psychology/Sociology club are assisting in the planning and execution of the conference.

The public is welcome to attend all sessions and the keynote address. The final conference schedule will be available soon after the submission deadline and presenters should expect to receive a packet of information.

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