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Once again, our students have done a great job of representing undergraduate research at North Georgia! This time, students working with Dr. Steve Lloyd (Psychology) and Dr. Ryan Shanks (Biology) had outstanding performances at the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) meeting.

Dr. Ryan Shanks explained their experience as follows:

"We have had a very successful meeting here in Jacksonville at the Southeastern Psychological Association meeting. All of our students have had a chance to present their research, and have had a chance to learn what other research is being conducted in this field.

However, there are a few highlights which have made our students and institution stand out. Three of our six research poster presentations won the Psi Chi Regional Research Award. This award was given to only a handful of the 161 posters being presented in the undergraduate research portion of this conference. Each award carried with it certificates, pictures with the Psi Chi leadership, recognition, and a 300 dollar award.

Here are the authors and the presentations receiving these awards:

  1. Behavioral Sensitization in Adolescent Mice: Hillary Doyle, Brittany Picou, Ryan Shanks & Steven Lloyd
  2. The Effect of Prenatal Methylphenidate Exposure on 5CSRTT Performance: Heather Ivester, Hillary Doyle, Kayla Fann, Brian Phillips, Ryan Shanks & Steven Lloyd
  3. The Effect of a Novel Cross-Disciplinary Laboratory Experience on Self-Reported Learning: Laura Tarnowski, Megan Southard, Stacia Wingate, Nancy Dalman, Ryan Shanks & Steven Lloyd

The students represented themselves, the Departments of Psychology and Biology, and NGCSU extremely well. Steve and I are both very proud of the work of these students and the other students presenting at SEPA."

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