For the second year in a row, a group of Ohio University-Chillicothe psychology students won prizes for their poster presentations in the Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, which was recently held on the Athens Campus. Zachary Schumacher and Nicholas Valentine won first prize in the Psychology II Division with their research poster, “A cross-cultural study on the impact of relational mobility on punishment and reward.” Further, Shawna Barr and Matthew Abbott earned second place in the Psychology I Division for their research poster, “Punishing the punisher: How we perceive those who punish.” “This is an outstanding accomplishment for these hard-working students, and it again proves that our students represent some of the top student-scholars in the university and beyond,” said OU-C Assistant Professor of Psychology Ann Rumble, who advised the students. “It should be noted that the competition was very stiff and that our students competed not only with psychology students from the Athens Campus, but also with students from the Honors Tutorial College.” The students previously presented on “Punishing the Punisher: at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago from April 29 to May 1. Abbott, a senior from Nordonia High School in Macedonia, said, “This was my first year participating in the student expo in Athens, and it was a great opportunity to gain an understanding of what to expect and how to prepare for next year. This experience was an amazing chance to see what everyone else is doing in Psychology at OU and what directions research is taking. It also gives us a way to see how our education on a regional campus is stacking up compared to the main campus in Athens. Doing this type of research is one of the greatest educational experiences you can have; it is a way to combine everything you have learned in class and put it in a real world settings and research that matters. The best part of it all is when you go for an interview to get into graduate school and they ask you what you have learned you can hand them your research projects that you have personally done and say ‘this.’” Abbott plans to attend graduate school and study industrial organizational psychology. “The expo in Athens was an experience that, at first, was a little overwhelming, with just the amount of students and their projects,” said Valentine, a junior from Circleville. “I felt comfortable enough, though that Zach and I were confident about our knowledge about the research project. After interacting with other psychology students, I feel that I am more prepared for a career in psychology. I would like to thank Ann Rumble for allowing us to have this experience.” Valentine plans to further psychological research in the field of social psychology. Barr, a senior from Bainbridge and Paint Valley High School graduate, said, “This is my second time competing at expo. Each time I present I am extremely nervous, but it is something that I just have to take a deep breath and do. I have also placed both times at expo, and it has helped me to learn that even though you are afraid, often times if you just give it your all that you will be successful. I believe this bit of insight is highly important in preparing me for a professional career in that I'm sure there will come a time when I am presented with a task that I may be afraid to take on, but with a deep breath and a little plunge that I can be successful. I believe that often times the community is unaware of the quality of research that takes place on our branch campus and it is exciting to share that with them.” She plans to pursue a master’s degree in occupational therapy. “I learned about relational mobility, punishment, reward and culture,” said Schumacher, a sophomore from Unioto High School in Chillicothe. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology.
Photo cutlines: Nicholas Valentine and Zachary Schumacher are shown with their poster presentation in top photo. In the bottom photo, Matthew Abbott and Shawna Barr pose with their presentation.