NNU Hosted Psychology Research Forum

January 28, 2010, 9:46 am

Northwest Nazarene University held the annual Psychology Research Forum on April 30 that included over 100 participants representing five high schools as well as NNU’s psychology student researchers.

The research forum provides high school and college students from throughout the Treasure Valley with an avenue to refine their research and practice their professional presentation skills while competing for awards and scholarships.  The project displays included the extensive research results from throughout the year.

The majority of the participants were concurrent-credit psychology students.  Cole Valley Christian High School attended for their first year.  Numerous awards and scholarships were awarded during the event. The $500 scholarship for best researcher from each high school was awarded to Karissa Tatom, Cole Valley Christian; Kayla Shay, Emmett; Elena Andreoni, Liberty Charter; Alexandria Smith, Meridian Medical Arts Charter; and Tia Alsteben, Skyview.  Tatom and Shay both plan on attending NNU in the fall. The $1000 scholarship for best overall high school researcher was awarded to junior Riley Johnson of Liberty Charter.  Riley thought this was a great learning experience—especially being able to look at all the other presentations.  “I was totally shocked when I won the scholarship,” said Riley.  Riley is planning to attend NNU and looking forward to using her scholarship.

For the university division, the Psychology Best Research Award and Scholarship was presented to Christina Hicks, who will graduate from NNU in December 2009 with a degree in psychology. “The Research Forum provided an excellent opportunity to put into practice everything we have been learning in the psychology department—designing, implementing and presenting our own research in a professional manner.  We were given the perfect venue in which to hone our skills for the psychology field and the future research we may embark on,” said Christina.

Dr. Glena Andrews, psychology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences and Cultural Studies Department said, “To have 30 high school posters and 14 college posters with over 100 students is quite exciting. I could not do this without the hard work and encouragement of the high school concurrent credit teachers Fred Snow, Pete Kinnamen, Toby Schmidt, Molly Yates and John Lindley.”

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian comprehensive university, offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 85-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 10,000 continuing education students, and 1,900 high school students through the concurrent credit program.

Photo Caption: Senior psychology major Christina Hicks was awarded Best Research Award and Scholarship for the university division.

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