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Psychology students, faculty recognized for scholarly achievements

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Feb. 1, 2010—Several psychology students and faculty at North Central College are being recognized for academic and scholarly achievement.

Katlyn Humphrey, a senior from Lisle, has received the Psi Chi National Service Award. Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, recognizes students who contribute in an exceptional way to meeting a local chapter’s goals and the societal aims of the organization.

Karl KelleyHumphrey’s award recognizes her “dedicated leadership, passion for psychology and service to the community through internships and volunteer activities,” says Karl Kelley, professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at North Central College.

Several other students will present research papers at the annual conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), the regional Psi Chi organization. Jordan Inskeep, a senior from Princeton, IL, will present the paper, “Do Attractiveness and Expertise Affect Hiring Decisions?” and Jennifer John, a senior from Naperville will present the paper, “Perceptions of Parenting Styles and Personality.”

John, along with Mike O’Connor, a junior from Plainfield, IL, also will present the paper, “Facial Masculinity Effects on Competitive Judgments.” Allison Shostrum, a 2009 North Central graduate from Iowa City, Iowa, and Brandi Balensiefen, a junior from Oglesby, IL, will present the paper, “Blaming the Bottle: Responsibility/Blame Attributions for Sexually Coercive Events.” Both papers are co-authored with Tom Sawyer of Aurora, IL, professor of psychology.

MPA 2010 will be held April 29 through May 1 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Seniors Kelly Vinyard of Aurora and Emily Brown of Elk Grove Village have been selected to present research at the 2010 Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area Student Symposium on April 10 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Psychology majors Camille Heneghan, a senior from Naperville and Lyndsey Pojman, a sophomore from Oswego, are co-authors with Kelley of the paper "Status and Success: Perceptions of Employees Requesting Family Leave using Video Vignettes," which has been accepted for presentation at the 2010 Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, May 27-30, in Boston.

Additionally, two North Central faculty presented a research paper Jan. 28 at the 11th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Las Vegas. Heather Coon of Naperville, associate professor of psychology, and Fukumi Matsubara of Naperville, professor of Japanese, presented the paper “Can a Reparation Offer Function as an Apology?”

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.