Psychology Undergraduate Research Event (PURE) 2015

On April 10, 2015 the Department of Psychology held the 4th annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Event (PURE 2015). The event provided an opportunity for over 180 fourth-year honours students to share their capstone research via poster presentations. This has become Carleton’s largest undergraduate research conference. To help with this celebration of student achievement, we welcomed fellow students and their families, members of the Department, and the University community.

Photo Gallery – Thesis Session

Honours Thesis students displayed their posters during the morning session. These students completed 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 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 3. There were also prizes associated with 2nd and 3rd place, along with a People’s Choice Award that was decided by those in attendance. As usual, the quality of student work was exceptional and the task of determining the prize winners was exceptionally difficult. Congratulations to the following Honours Thesis students:

1st place: Darcie Valois (advisor: Chris Davis)

2nd place: Luisa Elejalde (advisor: Deepthi Kamawar)

3rd place: Anne Marie Cote (advisor: Kate Dupre)

People’ Choice Award (tie): Renee Taylor (advisor: Patrick Hill) and Cynthia Winkler (advisor: Joanna Pozzulo)

Photo Gallery – Thesis Session Prize Winners and Project Session


Honours Project students presented during our afternoon sessions. 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.

The students with the best Project poster earned an iPad mini 3, while those earning 2nd and 3rd place received a collection of gift cards. As with the Thesis session, there was also a People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to the following Honours Project students:

1st place: Jacob Temple (instructor: Janet Mantler)

2nd place: Ainsley Somerville (instructor: Rachelle Thibodeau)

3rd place: Alyson Hobbs (instructor: Janet Mantler)

People’s Choice Award (tie): Rachel Lacroix and Ryan Watt (instructor: Janet Mantler)

Photo Gallery – Honours Project Winners 


Photo Gallery – Honours Project Session

Thanks again to all of our presenters, thesis advisors, honours project instructors, judges, student volunteers, attendees, and staff for helping to make the 4th annual Psychology Undergraduate Research Event (PURE 2015) a success.

We’ll see you at PURE 2016!