posted April 28, 2005

Psych Students to present Research at Conference

Hope College senior Ben Norris of Zeeland will receive a "Psi Chi Regional Research Award" at the forthcoming annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, during which he and five other Hope students will make presentations concerning research projects they have conducted.

The event is being held in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday-Saturday, May 5-7.

It is the second year in a row that Norris has received one of the Regional Research Awards, and the seventh consecutive year that at least one Hope psychology student has been honored. Each year, approximately 230 undergraduates compete for 16 of the awards.

Norris is being recognized for his work on the project "Hemisphere Differences in Processing Emotion on a Verbal-Matching Task," which he conducted with Dr. Thomas Ludwig, professor of psychology, and Hope seniors Milena Kavrakova of Varna, Bulgaria, and Addison Noreen of Hersey.

The other Hope students participating in the conference will be reporting on four different research projects.

  • Senior Maegan Hatfield of Weidman, senior Katie Kresnak of Petoskey and junior Julia Vargas of Holland will present "Changing Perceptions about Racism," conducted with Dr. Mary Inman, associate professor of psychology.
  • Junior Jeffrey Vandlen of Kalamazoo will present "Top Heavy? Weight Discrimination among Fortune 100 Executives," conducted with Dr. Patricia Roehling, professor of psychology and chairperson of the department.
  • Junior Megghan Smith of Caledonia will make presentations on two projects: "Anxiety as a Neurotoxin," conducted with researchers from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and the Lake County, Ill., Health Department; and "Television Viewing and Depression in 8-12 Year Old Boys and Girls from the African American and Hispanic American Community," conducted with researchers from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and Loyola University.

Hope faculty members accompanying the students to the conference will be Inman, Roehling and Dr. Scott Vander Stoep, associate professor of psychology.