posted April 22, 2008

Students Earn Regional Psychology Research Honors

For the ninth year in a row, Hope College psychology students have earned regional recognition for excellence in research.

Papers by two teams of students will each receive Regional Research Awards in May from the Midwestern chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. It is not only the ninth year in a row that Hope students have received the honor, but the third consecutive year that at least two projects from Hope have been recognized.

Senior Kim Boelkins of Ada, senior Megan Kleinheksel of Zeeland and junior Krista Mehari of Grand Rapids have been honored for their paper "The Relationship of Self-Esteem, Parenting Practices and Gender to Externalizing Behaviors Among Latino Adolescents," based on research conducted with Dr. Lorna Hernandez Jarvis and Dr. Patricia Roehling. Junior Nova Hinman of Portage and senior Ross Knoll of Grand Haven have been honored for their paper "Forgiveness Through Altruism: The Emotional and Physiological Impact of Suppression and Reappraisal Responses to a Real-Life Offense," based on research conducted with Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet.

The students will receive their awards during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, being held in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3. The students' papers have earned two of only 21 of the awards being given by the chapter, and were chosen from among 337 entries.

The Psi Chi national honor society was founded in 1929 to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship, and advance the science of psychology. Psi Chi has chapters at more than 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Since its founding, the honor society has registered more than 500,000 members.

Psi Chi chapters are grouped within six regions: Eastern, Midwestern, RockyMountain, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western. The Midwestern Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Hope's chapter of Psi Chi was chartered in 1965.