Psychology Undergraduate Research Event (PURE) 2014

On April 10, 2014 the Department of Psychology held the 3rd annual Psychology Undergraduate research Event (PURE 2014). The event provided an opportunity for over 170 fourth-year honours students to share their capstone research via poster presentations. To help with this celebration of student achievement, we welcomed fellow students and their families, members of the Department, and the University community.

Honours Thesis students displayed their posters during the morning session. These students complete a research study, which typically involves a literature review, data collection and analysis, and the preparation of a substantial paper. Participation by thesis students is optional, but strongly encouraged.

Thesis Session

Thesis presenters had an opportunity to earn one of several awards and the student with the best poster (as decided by the Undergraduate Committee) earned a brand new iPad mini. There were also prizes associated with 2nd and 3rd place, along with a People’s Choice Award that was decided by those in attendance. The quality of student work was exceptional this year and the task of determining the prize winners was exceptionally difficult. Congratulations to the following Honours Thesis students:

1st place and People’s Choice Award: Mary Ritchie (advisor: Adelle Forth)

2nd place: Jessica Pasinetti (advisor: Fran Cherry)

3rd place (tie): Marc Bedard (advisor: Lise Paquet) & Kathryn Keighley (advisor: Deepthi Kamawar)

Thesis Session Prize Winners

Honours Project students presented during our afternoon session. These students enroll in a seminar and participate in a variety of learning activities (e.g., essays, briefing notes, presentations) designed to enhance writing and other vital skills. Project students present at PURE in partial fulfillment of a course requirement.

Project Session

The students with the best Project poster earned an iPad mini, while those earning 2nd and 3rd place received a collection of gift cards. Congratulations to the following Honours Project students:

1st place: Jordan Gauthier (instructor: Janet Mantler)

2nd place: Balmeet Toor (instructor: Shelley Parlow)

3rd place: Nadine Ebady (instructor: Janet Mantler)

Project Session Prize Winners

Thanks again to all of our presenters, thesis advisors, honours project instructors, judges, student volunteers, attendees, and staff for helping to make the 3rd annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Event (PURE 2014) a success.

We’ll see you at PURE 2015!