Four undergraduate students at Clarkson University had the opportunity to present their research in Boston and mingle with leaders in the field of experimental psychology at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, this past school year.
This international gathering offered symposiums, presentations, talks and chances for networking. The Clarkson psychology majors -- Josie Lydick '18 of Derry, N.H.; Taylor Dawley '19 of Canton, N.Y.; Jordan Treat '17 of Essex Junction, Vt.; and Valaree Bedell '17 of Topsham, Vt. -- were students in Associate Professor of Psychology Andreas Wilke's Evolution and Cognition Lab.
“We were some of, if not the only, undergraduate researchers there,” Lydick said. “It was wonderful. We attended interesting symposiums and presentations, and were able to interact with other psychology students and professionals.”
While Bedell and Treat graduated in May, Lydick and Dawley still have a year or two until graduation, so they will continue their research on spatial distribution patterns and how people group themselves in contemporary situations. They also are publishing their research in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Word about their studies is already spreading.
“Our research was presented June 15-18 at the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society conference in Binghamton, and Dr. Wilke is presenting it in Germany later this year at the meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology. Taylor and I were invited but unfortunately we can't make the trip.” Lydick noted. “Our names are on the research as co-authors, which is great exposure for us.”
Lydick is lab manager for the research group and she credits her experiences working with her professor for opening her mind to the possibility of a career in cognitive psychology instead of counseling. She has fallen in love with research and may choose to pursue her Ph.D when the times comes, and then teach and conduct research.
“I wish more people home in New Hampshire knew about Clarkson University. We have access to great professional experiences, and it's amazing to be part of this strong psychology department. Everyone is close and we get to interact,” she said.