Psychology majors win awards for research and service

February 23, 2018

The Psychology Undergraduate Research and Service Grant (URSG) competition launched in January.  Students can apply for grants up to $500 to support psychology research and service as part of a course or independent study. 

Congratulations to the winners of the January 2018 Competition!

Katie Allison: Funds to cover transportation costs for her work with the Metropolitan Police Department as a Domestic Violence Liaison. This internship will place Katie in the community, engaging in an outreach/support program in her area of interest, law enforcement. Specifically, she will go with police on domestic violence calls and assist with survivors; she is doing this in conjunction with Dr. Lambert’s Psyc 3592 (Field Internship).

Ashley Cheng: Work-study funding to allow her to be actively involved in developing, designing, and conducting a study within Dr. Shomstein’s lab. She will work with graduate student Joe Nah and Dr. Shomstein to develop, carry out, and analyze a study examining how semantic knowledge can affect visual attention—e.g., how presentation of the word “mixer” affects processing of baking-related items in a kitchen scene. Ashley has been learning how to program in Python in preparation.

Jacqueline Mai: For transportation costs to allow her to participate in a Research Assistantship at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-related Ideation and Behavior. She will be working on a randomized clinical trial for military psychiatric inpatients. And will also carry out a literature review on humanistic cognitive behavioral therapy in conjunction with this work and a Psyc 3591 supervised research course co-mentored by Margaret Baer of USUHS and Dr. Sigelman.

John “Jack” Venezia: Funds to assist in paying for additional research participants in graduate student Meagan Ryan’s dissertation research in Dr. Rohrbeck’s lab. Jack assisted Meagan in identifying measures for her dissertation and also added a "Meaning of Life" Questionnaire to her research protocol with the goal of carrying out his own substudy of how "meaning of life" moderates associations between trauma exposure and mental health outcomes among undergraduate veterans.

Applications for the next round of funding are due April 18.