The Northwest chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society for psychology students, hosted its Scholarly Showcase, students and faculty from the School of Health Science and Wellness presented research projects virtually March 24 to help engage students in the scholarly work that is related to psychology.
Keely Cline, associate professor of psychology and co-sponsor of Psi Chi, said that the event is held to promote a culture of scholarship and support student success at Northwest.
Bradlee Gamblin, assistant professor in the behavioral sciences department and co-sponsor of Psi Chi, added that the showcase is also a chance for students to attend a research conference that they might not get to for various reasons.
“Students may not be able to go, especially during current times, so the showcase gives them that opportunity,” Gamblin said.
Cline said that the event had an online-only attendance for safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Psi Chi offers Northwest students a chance to be involved in activities and events related to their major, such as being a Psi Chi officer, helping organize events and attending graduate school panels to learn about applying for graduate school.
Northwest’s chapter was recognized through awards in the 2017-18 and 2019-20 academic school years.
At the showcase, Gamblin took on the role of a host, admitting attendees and introducing presenters. Presenters gave seven-minute presentations and had a few minutes to answer questions after they presented their research.
It was intended to mimic an in-person conference that was adapted to an online format, including presenters and a panel of graduate faculty who discussed graduate programs offered through Northwest's School of Health Science and Wellness.
Senior Mariah Gann presented her findings on research she had been working on for the past three years with the assistance of faculty and undergraduate students who have already graduated.
Gann investigated how parents who are expecting children perceive books designed to be read to babies in utero. It is a topic Gann is passionate about, and she said she was excited to present it.
Gann said this was the first time she presented research to an audience, and she hopes to be able to present at other events in the future.