posted April 12, 2010

Psychology Students Earn Regional Research Awards

Two teams of Hope College students are receiving regional awards for excellence in research from the Midwestern chapter of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology.

It is the 11th consecutive year that Hope students have been named winners of regional awards, and the fifth year in a row that multiple Hope students have received regional recognition.

More than 300 research students or teams of students submitted work for the Midwestern competition.  Only 24 awards were granted.

The awards will be presented during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago, Ill., on Thursday-Saturday, April 29-May 1.

The team of Lauren Wright of Chelsea, who graduated in December, and seniors John VanDusen of Liberty Township, Ohio, and Kyle Stufflebam of Centralia, Ill., is being honored for the project "Guilt and Sympathy Increase Perceptions of Racism and Ageism."  The students conducted their research with Dr. Mary Inman, professor of psychology.

The team of seniors Timothy Brandt of Portage, Lindsey Lawrence of Flint and Courtney St. Clair of Stow, Ohio, is being honored for the project "Self-Forgiveness:  A Study of Rumination, Repentance and Self-Condoning Responses after Committing an Interpersonal Transgression."  The students conducted their research with Dr. Charlotte vanOyen Witvliet, professor of psychology.

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.