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Student Successes

Student Awards

Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant

Rachel Betchel, Class of 2020

rachel bechtelCarroll senior psychology major, Rachel Bechtel from Moscow, ID, was notified recently that she is a recipient of the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Research Grant Award. Rachel will use this award to fund her honors thesis project examining factors that contribute to the disability wage gap.

I am honored to receive a grant named after Mamie Phipps Clark who was a pioneer in social psychology race research," shared Rachel. "This grant will allow me to expand my research beyond undergraduate students to collect data from employers around Montana, which should increase the generalizability of my results. While the disability wage gap is less widely-discussed than other wage gaps, the existence of the disability wage gap has been consistently supported by research. It is important to understand how disability affects the hiring behavior of employers as research suggests that the gender, race, and disability wage gap may compound each other, necessitating a more intersectional approach to discrimination in the workplace. This research would not have been possible without the endless support of my advisor, Dr. McManus.

Psi Chi Recognition

Lauren Paradis, class of '18, is in a recent edition of the Psi Chi magazine! She received an undergraduate scholarship from Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. With thanks to Dr. McManus for writing a letter of recommendation for Lauren so she could receive this amazing opportunity! 

Receiving the undergraduate scholarship this year strengthened my desire to work in the psychology field even more. 

Congratulations, Lauren! Check out page 17 to see Lauren Paradis and her words of gratitude for receiving this scholarship.

RMPA 2018

Several students attended the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conferences in 2018, where some presented their own research and others learned about others' research!

Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conferences in 2018
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conferences in 2018
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conferences in 2018
Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conferences in 2018

Where our graduates are now...

Tyra (TJ) Rucker, 2019. Currently in the second year of the three-year dual master's program in Sport and Exercise Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Ball State University. TJ's research and counseling techniques focus on using multicultural and feminist approaches when working with athletes and counseling clients. 
Connor Brandon, 2018. Currently in a M.S. of Psychology program at Montana State University-Billings.
Izzy Geraghty, 2018. Currently studying at Syracuse University to get her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She will be graduating in the spring and her goal is to work for the VA to help our veterans as well as active duty service members and their families.
Tristin Allen, 2017. Currently studying for my Masters in Applied Social Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London. 
Kelsey Yost, 2016.  Currently in her last year of my School Psychology EdS program and a few months away from being a full-fledge School Psychologist!
Rhianna Curtis, 2015. Graduate Student studying Gerontology at the University of Northern Colorado.
Lauren Fulton, 2015. Accepted to a Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy at Touro University.
Vance Lavinder, 2015. Graduate Student studying Social Work at the University of Southern California online. 
Carly Schwickert, 2015. Graduate Student studying Couples and Family Therapy at The University of Oregon.

Student Undergraduate Research Festival

2019.  Twenty students represented the psychology department at Carroll College's 8th Annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF).

Esmeralda Campos Are Racial Minorites Experiencing Microaggressions at Carroll College?
Emma Nylin, Keely Mills, Joshua Plafcan, and Hailey Vietz Effect of Mild Stress on Memory Retention
Krysten Abboud, Amber Griffin, Tori Johnston, Elinor Krafsky, and Vivienne Youn Caffeine and Memory – Friends or Foes?
Rachel Bechtel, Esmeralda Campos, Kadence Kastner, and Rebecca Whitesell Desensitization to the Female Body
Tyra Rucker, Emma Hoppe, Ashley Maes, and Emma Nylin Sports Psychology and Gender Studies Am I Graceful? The Effects of Subtle Stereotype on a Performed Soccer Dribbling Task
Kelly Brotzel and Connor Brandon Factors Important in Developing Depression in Undergraduates
Kaitlyn Yuzeitis and Abbie Bliss Negative Emotional States as Predictors for Fear of Missing Out
 
 
2018. Twelve students represented the psychology department at Carroll College's 7th Annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF).
 
Jane Reid Meta-Analysis: Examining the Use of Interventions in Changing Children’s Attitudes About their Peers with Intellectual Disabilities
Emma Hoppes, Sarah Gee, and Ann Moloney Undergraduate Students and Risk-taking Behavior When Peer Influence is Present on Social Media
Ashley Maes, Bethany Gardner, Thomas Gilboy, and Bailey Pasta Three-week analysis of the relationship between general anxiety, stress, and procrastination
Taylor Ehl, Kelly Brotzel, David Dietrich, and Izzy Geraghty Attitudes and Perspectives in Young Adults
 
 
2017. Fourteen students represented the psychology department at Carroll College's 6th Annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF).
 
Tristin Agtarap and Michael Donnelly Understanding Intelligence Through Writing
Jacob Souza, Connor Brandon, Kaley Brouwers, Rhiannon Sturgess, and Jared Thielke Relationship between Memory and Exercise
Amy Penaskovich, Shaelynn Blixt, Emily Holland, Kayla Mack, and Lauren Paradis Mediating Factors of Stress on Performance
Alexandra Poulsen and Janie Reid Are More Narcissistic Individuals More Judgmental Towards Others When Viewing Social Media Accounts?
 
 
2016. Six students represented the psychology department at Carroll College's 5th Annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF).
 
Hadley Chambers, Leah Henningsen, and Molly Moloney The Ins and Outs of Body Image: The Role of Locus of Control in Self-Perception
Melanie Vert Does Race Influence College Students’ Decision to Help their Peers?: The Effects of Aversive Affect and Racism on the Decision to Help White, Black, or Native Americans
Claire Hooper A Comparison of the Effects of a Human Sexuality Course on Students’ Sexual Attitudes, Behavior, and Knowledge at a Private, Catholic Liberal Arts College and a Public Liberal Arts College
Istvan Feldman Effects of Positive Encouragement on Exam Scores

 

2015. Four students represented the psychology department at Carroll College's 4th Annual Student Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF).

Carly Schwickert The Effects of Objectifying Statements on Women's Self-Esteem, Happiness, and Body Image
Ariel Tange Helping Behaviors toward Individuals with Physical Disabilities and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Melanie Vert Why is There Discrimination in Helping Situations? The Effects of Negative Affect and Prejudice in Emergency and Nonemergency Interracial Helping Situations
Sarah Jo Willcockson Dog and Pony Show 

2019 Poster Presentations

Desensitization to the Female Body
Rachel Bechtel, Esmeralda Campos, Kadence Kastner and Rebecca Whitesell

How Does Personality Type Influence Depression, Anxiety, Stress and Fear of Missing Out?
Kaitlyn Yuzeitis, Abbie Bliss, Taylor Sandlie, and Nikki Honzel

Effect of mild stress on memory retention
Emma Nylin, Hailey Vietz, Cameron Herriges, Joshua Plafcan, Keely Mills, and Nikki Honzel

Caffeine and Memory – Friends or Foes?
Krysten Abboud, Tori Johnston, Amber Griffin, Elinor Krafsky, Vivienne Youn, and Nikki Honzel

Am I Graceful? The Effects of Subtle Stereotype on a Performed Soccer Dribbling Task
Tyra Rucker, Emma Hoppes, Ashley Maes, Emma Nylin, & Nikki Honzel