Dr. Helen Bateman and four students from the Psychology Department's Development and Community Research Group travelled to Chicago to present their work at the 20th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, May 22 - 25, 2008.
Members of the research group completed a course either in Social Psychology (Fall 2006 or Fall 2007) or in Adolescent and Adult Development (Spring 2007 or Spring 2008) or both. Three were psychology majors: Stephanie Goodwin '08 (B.A. cum Laude); Kaki Nix '10 (Summa cum Laude with honors in Psychology and honors in French Studies); Ansley Riedel '10 (B.A.). The fourth was Chris Tipler '10, who received his B.A. degree Summa cum Laude with honors in International and Global Studies.
Their research represents a collaborative project between faculty and students. The goal of this research was to identify the relationship between psychological sense of community in college and students' social needs, academic achievement, and emotional state. The long-term goal of this project is to identify means through which students' psychological sense of community in college can facilitate students' academic achievement, emotional well-being, and positive social engagement.