MU Psychology Honors/Independent Capstone Students Present Their Research at MPA

Fifteen senior psychology majors have been working hard all year to complete independent research projects under the direction of faculty mentors as part of the Honors/Independent Research Capstone Program in Psychology.  Students in this program must also apply to present their work at the Midwestern Psychological Association conference, which is typically held in Chicago each Spring.  This year, due to the pandemic, students will be presenting their research virtually April 22-24.  Additionally, all students in the program will be presenting their work locally through the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements forum sponsored by the MU Office of Undergraduate Research that week as well, as part of the National Undergraduate Research Week. 

This year, one of our 15 students also received an MPA Regional Research Award from Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology.  Brianna Carman will receive her award during the virtual conference and is mentored by Dr. Jeff Johnson.  Her thesis and research poster are entitled, “The effect of repetition-related neural pattern similarity on subsequent episodic memory retrieval”. 

2020-2021 Honors/Independent Research Capstone in Psychology Program Participants


Student                                         Faculty Mentor

Adam Arand                    Dr. Victoria Shaffer

Mandar Bhoyar               Dr. Kristy vanMarle

Brianna Carman              Dr. Jeff Johnson

Skyler Carter                   Dr. Jamie Arndt

Haley Coward                  Dr. Laura King

Lindsay Durdle                Dr. Amanda Rose

Esiri Emeje                       Dr. Brad Ferguson

Kesha Liles                       Dr. John Kerns

Katie McCulloch              Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr

Heather Miller                Dr. Dave Geary

Sophia Parmacek            Dr. Brad Ferguson

Max Staab                       Dr. Victoria Shaffer

Jack Suarez                      Dr. Jeff Johnson

Mikella Vermaire            Dr. Jeff Johnson

Brooke Watkins              Dr. Kristy vanMarle

Brianna Carman

Brianna Carman received an MPA Regional Research Award from Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology.  She is mentored by Dr. Jeff Johnson.