OU-C student researchers Bethany Gilmore (left), Courtney Barker and Brittany Steinbrook pose with Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.
Teams of Ohio University-Chillicothe students captured honors in the recent Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, which was held at the Convocation Center on the Athens campus.
In fact, OU-C student teams won two of the top four prizes awarded to psychology-related research efforts.
OU-C students Courtney Barker, Bethany Gilmore and Brittany Steinbrook won first place in psychology, section one, for their project, “Boy (or Girl) to the Rescue: The influence of gender on bystander effect.”
Chillicothe Campus students Ashley Burns, Roxie Ann Gilbraith and Hautumn Greenleaf won second place in psychology, section two, for their project, “The impact of racial and socio-economic stereotypes on memory.”
Also, the team of Erin Ater, Ashlee Daniels, Lori Davis and Courtney Lindsey captured honorable mention for their project, “Excuse me, can you spare some change? The role of empathy in complying to a request.”
The event included 526 entrants, with entries grouped according to academic discipline. The projects represent top academic research efforts by students throughout the university. The undergraduate projects are on par with graduate study endeavors.
“I am very proud of the work these students have done, they exemplify the high quality students we have and the high quality education we are providing at OU-C,” faculty mentor Ann Rumble said. “The competition was very tough, and each group competed against six to seven other groups, including graduate students, students from the main campus psychology department and those from the Honors Tutorial College.”
The students gained much from the experience.
“We participated in the expo as part of our research psychology class. The classwork and the expo experience provided a good deal of needed information on what it is to do research,” Davis said.
“I have never done an expo before, and hearing of this made me a little curious of what all went on at the expos,” Barker said. “The research we accomplished alone says a lot about the high quality of an education one can receive at OU-Chillicothe, which continues to grow, and the area is realizing what good of an education one can receive.”