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MCPHS University Arts & Sciences Students Present Poster at 25th Annual Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference

5/23/2013

On May 23, 2013, three MCPHS University Arts & Sciences students presented their poster at the 25th Annual Association for Psychological Science (APS) conference in Washington, D.C. The poster, which examined inter-professional education, represents the school’s emphasis on student-mentor collaboration and academic investigation.

According to Lindsay, one of the student presenters:

“When we arrived in Washington D.C., it was surreal to see graduate students and PhDs. presenting at the same conference that we were. When we first hung up our poster, I was nervous because the 90 minutes that the poster would be on display would reflect the more than 16 months of hard work the research team had dedicated to the project. When the first person came up to the poster and asked me to explain it, I looked nervously at my mentor, and then thought to myself, “I know this, I can do this, but the pressure is on!” I knew if I did not feel comfortable, my teacher would have explained the poster to the onlooker; however, she must have believed in me enough to just nod her head at me as if she were saying, “You’ve got this!” And so, I started going through the introduction and method sections and everything came naturally since I had worked so much on the project. Throughout the rest of the session, I presented to many interested attendees. I felt proud that I had been able to present to so many people just like all of the graduate students and PhDs. The research process leading up to this presentation allowed me to experience all aspects of psychological research, from beginning to end, and will be invaluable in that it will indubitably put me a step ahead of the rest when applying to and working through graduate school.”

According to Eric, another one of the student presenters:

“Presenting research at the APS conference was a great learning experience. It allowed me to strengthen my skills in networking (the conference was attended by undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors who were presenting research) and communicating research information effectively -- both of which will be necessary throughout graduate school as well as my career. Overall, the APS conference was a great experience to be part of and I am very lucky to have had the opportunity. It gave me a greater appreciation for the world of research and helped me prepare for my next presentation at the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego in November 2013."