Thursday, February 26, 2015

Psi Chi to Induct 16 New Members

AU's local chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is set to induct 16 new members on March 26th. The new inductees include Sara Amato, Jillian Bajaksouzian, Derek Baker, Molly Brys, Kathryn Budzik, Lisa Coey, Emily Embrescia, Olivia Hess, Alicia Jones, Ashley Keres, Megan Maguire, Margo Miller, Kara Smith, Lydia Smith, Courtney Troyer, and Melanie Ward. Students who are selected for membership have a declared major or minor in Psychology and have met rigorous academic criteria. Congratulations to these tremendous students!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

M.A. Program in Gerontology at Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University is announcing a new Master of Arts in Gerontology.  The program is among the few in the country that trains professionals to directly work with, advocate for, educate others about, and investigate issues surrounding our growing population of older adults.  As part of the interdisciplinary curriculum, students gain both research and applied skills working with faculty and doing internships with community partners.  Importantly, these skills translate into diverse job opportunities or preparation for admission to doctoral level programs.  Gerontology is often misunderstood by students, yet is a burgeoning field with an attractive job outlook.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Tiffany Hughes at or visit the website HERE.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Legal "Personhood" for Non-Humans?

Many of you may not be aware of this, but several recent court decisions may have a large impact on the way that psychologists and biomedical researchers conduct animal research in the future.  The State of New York Supreme Court recently ruled that “Tommy the Chimpanzee” should not be granted legal “personhood” status (click HERE for a story from the Washington Post).  However, late last year an Argentinian court ruled in favor of an orangutan in a habeas corpus case (click HERE to read that story from the Washington Post).  What the ramifications of these decisions are for animals in zoos, circuses, and those used in biomedical and behavioral research will surely be realized in the near future.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Attention!!! Job and Internship Fair

OFIC CareerFest - Job and Internship Fair
Friday, February 6, 2015 from 10:00 - 3:00
Aladdin Shrine Center, Columbus, Ohio

If you're looking for a job or an internship, you will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from approximately 100 organizations in one place and on one day!

A chartered bus has been reserved for students who would like transportation from Ashland University to the event and back.  You do not have to ride the bus to attend, but it is recommended.  The bus will leave AU at 9:00am, and a $10.00 refundable deposit is required to confirm your seat on the bus.  For more information, contact the Career Services Center.  Professional dress is required to attend the event, and you should also have professional resumes printed on resume paper for each employer you wish to speak with.  

You must register for the event and can do so here:  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Psychology Major Featured on AU Facebook Page

Congratulations to Psychology student Emily Embrescia, who was recently featured on the Ashland University Facebook page.  Her spotlight, which highlighted her recent research activities in the department, and can be found HERE.  Congratulations Emily!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

History & Systems Class Makes Annual Visit to the "Archives"

Late last fall semester Dr. Moore and students from her History and Systems class took their annual trip to the Center for the History of Psychology.  "The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, located at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, is a unique institution that cares for, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences." Students were able to see and interact with a variety of historical artifacts that they've learned about in their psychology coursework.  Pictured below are Mary Moeller and Amanda Mayes with Albert Bandura's "Bobo" doll, as well as Edie Henthorne, Hannah Neumeyer, and Courtney Galligher with artifacts from Phil Zimbardo's "Standford Prison Experiment".  Information about the center can be found HERE.

Monday, January 5, 2015

URCA Abstracts Due Soon!!!

Students who are considering submitting an abstract for the annual URCA (Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity) Symposium are encouraged to talk with their advisor very soon about the abstract submission process.  Abstracts are due on Friday, January 16 at 5:00pm, and information about the submission process can be accessed HERE.  The actual symposium will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications for their Master of Science program in Psychological Science, which begins in Fall 2015.  This program is a traditional two-year Master's program, with three possible exit strategies: (1) Thesis, (2) field experience with an emphasis in data analysis, or (3) a comprehensive examination based on coursework taken.  All of the on-campus courses are taught by faculty holding doctoral degrees, and graduate assistantships are available, both in the department and across the university.  Of the most recent cohort, 93% hold full-time GA positions, which provides full tuition reimbursement as well as an hourly stipend.  A brochure describing the program can be found HERE.  Please direct additional questions to Dr. Kathryn Potoczak (, Coordinator, M.S. in Psychological Science.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Summary of Psychology Department Research Activities, Fall 2014 Semester

Psychology department faculty and students were busy in the research lab this semester, using Sona Systems to manage 19 different studies involving 22 researchers (3 faculty members and 19 students).  Some students completed research related to class, others pursued independent studies projects, still others worked on honors theses, and some served as research assistants for faculty within the department.  There were 179 students enrolled in PSYC 101 that served as research participants, earning a total of 2,039 research units over the course of the semester.  As one unit is defined as a procedure that takes 15 minutes to complete, this amounts to over 500 hours of data collection that took place over the Fall 2014 semester. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Psychology Majors To Present Research Projects

Students enrolled in the Advanced Research in Psychology course (PSYC 310) are scheduled to present the research projects they've been working on for the entire semester.  Students will present their research in an open forum, and all students and faculty are invited (and encouraged) to attend.  The session will be run in a format similar to that of a conference, where students will be given 12 minutes to present their work, followed by a 3 minute question and answer session.  Mark your calendars for Friday, December 5, from 10:30-12:30 as the date, and all presentations will be held in 235 Schar.  If you have questions about this event, please contact Dr. Chris Chartier, who is the faculty member teaching the PSYC 310 course this semester.