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Evergreen Park High School AP Psychology students visit North Central

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Feb. 19, 2010—Several students in an Advanced Placement psychology class taught by Elizabeth Hinde at Evergreen Park High School are visiting North Central College March 5 to learn about the College’s award-winning psychology program.

Twenty-one students and two teachers from Evergreen Park High School will learn how psychology majors at North Central engage in research, present papers at conferences across the country and use their psychology degrees to pursue careers after graduation, says Karl Kelley, professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at North Central College.

The group will meet with North Central students and faculty who are regularly honored by peers for scholarly achievements. Recent honors include a student earning a National Service Award from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology; students selected to present research papers at the 2010 Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in Boston and at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), the regional Psi Chi organization; and faculty presenting research at a conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Psychology is among 55 majors offered at North Central College. Psychology graduates pursue careers as counselors and paraprofessionals in human resources, management, public relations, marketing and many other fields. Individuals with bachelor’s degrees in psychology often engage in the greatest degree of direct contact with people in need.

At North Central College, psychology students may apply for College-sponsored Richter Independent Study Grants to collect data from China, Costa Rica or other distant locations; conduct research in the College’s Schwab Psychology Research Center for data collection and analysis; and present their findings at national and regional conferences or at North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research. Visit for more information.