Jessica Niesner, a recent Belmont Psychology major graduate (Dec. 2007), was awarded a Psi Chi Regional Research Award at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association held in Boston on March 13-16. Supervised by Dr. Michael Sullivan, the research was titled “The Effect of Relevant Information on Mindlessness.” In recognition for her work, Niesner received a certificate and check for $300. Out of 180 research posters with Psi Chi members as first authors, Niesner’s research was one of the few recognized with this award.
In addition, eight other Belmont students and recent graduates attended and presented their work at the Eastern Psychological Association meeting. Students presenting research were: Afton Cole, Luke Lancaster, Sarah Lashley, Layne Murphy, Kurt Niesner, Renease Perkins, Shandus Valentine and Ashley Wilkins. Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. The Eastern Region of the organization includes chapters at such schools as Trinity College, Mount St. Mary’s, Colby College, NYU and Yale.