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Undergraduate Research Day 

This year, six UMSL students have been chosen to share their university research experiences with state lawmakers in Jefferson City for Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Of these six, four are Psychological Sciences students. Undergraduates are selected based on their significant involvement in the research enterprise of the university, either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with an on-going faculty project. This year's Undergraduate Research Day is scheduled for April 5, 2018.





Claudia Campbell (senior) and Elise Trombetta (B.A. Fall 2017) work in Dr. Rachel Wamser-Nanney's lab. When discussing their research, Claudia said, "Our research was regarding symptoms following complex trauma exposure in children, or multiple or chronic interpersonal trauma that begins early in life, leading to widespread dysregulation. We compared the exposure and subsequent symptoms of both white and black children to determine any racial disparities.  We found few differences, however, white children endorsed higher levels of anxiety/depression, social concerns, and internalizing symptoms, and Black children experienced more sexual concerns."



Junior Drake Anderson, who works in the labs of Dr. Bettina Casad and Dr. Suzanne Welcome, will present physio and EEG data on women experiencing sexism when interacting with sexist men. His poster is titled "Staying Silent in Response to Sexism: Is it Bad for Your Health?".


Samantha Murphy, who is a senior and works in Dr. Suzanne Welcome's lab, was asked to describe her research: "...we were interested in the theory that individuals who struggled to learn to read may rely more heavily on meaningful word relationships. Using event-related potential, we measured the electrical signal, N400, and found that self-reported reading difficulty scores were strongly associated with the size of expectancy effects among a sample of college students."




Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant Recipient

Savannah Price is a senior who works in the lab with Dr. Bettina Casad and is a member of UMSL's chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. She has been selected as a recipient of a 2017-2018 Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant for her proposal "The Role of Identity and Intergroup Threat in Anti-Immigrant Attitudes and Economic Pessimism in Greece and Italy". This grant highlights research projects by Psi Chi students and faculty who focus on diverse populations and issues.