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Psychology Research Fair 2016

Seniors in the Psychology Department are busy adding the finishing touches to their independent research projects in preparation for Sierra Nevada College’s 2016 Psychology Research Fair on April 18th, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The Psychology Research Fair provides the Psychology seniors an opportunity to present the culmination of their year-long process of researching, developing, and conducting their independent research projects. The event is open to the SNC community and support is encouraged from across disciplines.

We hope to see you all there!

2016 North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program

SNC’s Provost Shannon Beets invited Psychology Program Chair, Christina Frederick, the senior assistant to the Psychology Program Chair, Sarah Fricke, along with psychology undergraduate students Emily Gross and Katie O’Hara to lead a workshop on survey and interview design for the North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program. The North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership Program aims to equip young professionals in the Tahoe/Truckee area with the skills they need to excel in their careers’. This opportunity gave SNC undergraduates real-life experience in leading workshops and facilitating professional growth.

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Group photo of attendees and workshop leaders

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SNC faculty, staff, and students Sarah Fricke (top left),
Christina Frederick (top right), Emily Gross (bottom left),
and Katie O’Hara (bottom right).

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Katie O’Hara (left) and Emily Gross (right)
leading discussion with a group of attendees

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Humanities 110

The Humanities 110 class began the Psychology portion on Thursday September 3, 2015. The students began their study by visiting stations related to the question, “what does it mean to be human?” We look forward to the next four class meetings and continuing to expose the class to the subject of psychology.

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Kickoff: 2015 Research Season Begins

August 17th, 2015, marked the beginning to the new school year. Which means brainstorming, research, and development for the new Psychology department’s senior class to create the foundation to their experiments to be conducted at the beginning of Spring 2016.

The following pictures show a class activity created to help students identify independent variables (IV) and dependent variables (DV). This activity involved the entire class in putting their ideas for DV’s and IV’s into a large bank and then mix-matching them to show how many can be interlinked. One of the most significant pieces of information gained from the activity is how IV’s can become DV’s and how DV’s can become IV’s.

The class looks forward to many more fun activities to come!

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The PURC Experience

Written by Mary Hall

In UCLA’s Kerckoff Grand Salon, students from many respectable colleges and universities around the country gathered to display their undergraduate research posters. The conference began with an early morning poster session, in which four Sierra Nevada College seniors presented their research findings in a room with over 20 other students. The salon was full of people circulating around poster displays representing a year’s worth of passion and dedication. Following the first poster session, a series of paper talks were given in Franz Hall, the universities psychology building. SNC seniors, Tessa Hartman-Sorenson and Sarah A. Fricke eloquently guided a room filled with professors, students, and seasoned researchers alike, through their studies’ process, findings, and real world applications. After all the talks were given, a second poster session was held in the Grand Salon, providing the SNC students who presented in the prior session the opportunity to view and discuss a wide variety of undergraduate studies. The event concluded with a dessert social where the founder of the university’s PURC acknowledged the students for their hard work and wished them luck in their future endeavors. Having the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of individuals who share the same enthusiasm for psychology research was a truly rewarding experience that will undoubtedly enhance the professional prospects of all who attended.

Experimental Psychology Returns from UCLA

Students from the 2015 Experimental Psychology course including, Sean Burke, Philip Chiesa, Sarah Fricke, Mary Hall, Kimberly Keyzers, and Erica Nelson, attended the 24th Annual UCLA Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference (PURC) on May 8th.

All of the above students presented their research either in a poster session or a poster talk.

“This experience was not only exciting, but incredibly inspiring. Being surrounded by so many intelligent people who were interested in similar fields as me made me want to work even harder to achieve my goals and aspirations for the future. Attending this conference was by far one of the highlights of my career at SNC!” – Sarah Fricke

“I got to experience what an extremely competitive school is like. It was valuable to see that the students attending the PURC conference were so interested in our research and also had incredibly valuable suggestions. It was validating to see that we compete on a level with students from an extremely competitive university.” – Philip Chiesa

A big thank you to all those who have supported the Psychology departments students and events over the past year and a big congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

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5th Annual Psychology Research Fair

Hard work pays off!!! The students of Experimental Psychology are about to reveal their research results after a two-semester course.

During the fall 2014 semester, students enrolled in a Psychology Research Methods course during which they designed independent research experiments and became experts in research design. Unique topics were chosen according to individual interest. Each research question is novel, making the findings a genuine contribution to the literature. This spring 2015 semester, the, now, researchers, hit the ground running collecting over 600 pieces of individual data from students on the SNC Tahoe campus.

The psychology program is thrilled to invite EVERYONE, especially participants and those who offered us your support, to join us at the 5th Annual Psychology Research Fair this Monday, April 20, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm in TCES 139/141. Here you can see the research questions, project quality to which you have contributed, and discuss findings with these stellar students. The quality of research and conclusions made would not be possible without the support of SNC Tahoe faculty and students. We thank you.

Click here –>  for the program of events.

We look forward to sharing our results with you!

Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., Pays a Visit to Experimental Psychology

The Experimental Psychology class got a special treat on Wednesday, March 25.  Guest speaker Steven Yalowitz, Ph.D., from Audience Viewpoints stopped by to give a talk about his career as a researcher in psychology and also  discuss studies he currently has underway.

Dr. Yalowitz discussed his research in museology and bilingual exhibits.  Specifically, the study he shared examined the impact of incorporating bilingual exhibits into museums for Spanish speaking individuals on the over museum experience.

Dr. Yalowitz was on campus doing evaluations for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

It was a great experience for the class to be able to interact and ask questions about his role as a professional researcher.  Sarah A. Fricke, a student in the audience, said, “It was awesome to hear about the information and knowledge we have acquired over the past year in Research Methods and Experimental Psychology being used by working professionals in the field.  I think I can speak for most of my peers, that by having Dr. Yalowitz come and speak to our class, I have been motivated even more to further my education and begin to work as a professional in the Experimental Psychology field.”  – Sarah A. Fricke

A big thank you to Dr. Yalowitz for sharing his expertise and time with our class!

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