Honours Thesis Poster Day: Showcasing Undergraduate Psychology Research

Psychology Undergraduate Poster Day 2014 York U

The research on display by undergraduate students in York’s Department of Psychology at the annual Honours Thesis Poster Day explored everything from perceptions of transsexual archetypes, to the longevity of elite soccer players, to a poster titled the “Interdimensional lizard people control the world: Schizotypy and the supernatural conspiracy mentality”.

More than 80 fourth-year Psychology students in the Faculty of Health presented the findings of their work, the culmination of a year of thesis research with a faculty mentor, in the Vari Hall Rotunda April 7th.

“It’s such a fantastic opportunity for undergraduates to work with mentors and conduct research, and attempt to explain that research outside of the classroom as well by learning how academic conferences work. For many who are going onto graduate studies, this is an invaluable benefit, a peek into what academia is like,” says organizer and Associate Professor of Psychology, Jill Rich.

Two research posters that caught the attention of a panel of graduate student judges to win the top awards were: “Activism from within: Feminist psychologists challenge the ethics of therapist-client sexual relations in the 1970s” by Susanna Kim, tied in first place with “Painter’s Decline: Toward the use of art as a screening tool for Alzheimer’s disease” by Katherine Matthews.

Psychology Undergraduate Poster Day 2014 York U - Winners

Psychology Undergraduate Poster Day 2014 Winners.
Left to right: Katherine Matthews and Susanna Kim.

Details of the various studies, including the two winning ones, were summarized and displayed on posters in the style typical of professional Psychology conferences. Visitors had an opportunity to view the posters and to ask questions of the student researchers.

Psychology Undergraduate Poster Day 2014 York U

To view photos from the day, click here for the Faculty of Health’s Flickr page