Last week, Maggie Fiore and Domenica Carrese were able to represent the Mount at the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston. They had this to share about their experience:
The Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) is an organization that seeks to spread professional and scientific knowledge about the field of Psychology, with EPA members presenting their latest work and new advancements in all areas across the field of Psychology. This year, the EPA was held in Boston, MA. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the convention and present our senior research at the undergraduate poster session on Friday, March 17, 2017. Our project examined the relationship between impulsive decision-making and aerobic exercise, using rats as an animal model. After working on our project for a year under the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Slezak, Assistant Professor of the Mount's Psychology Department, we were eager to share our work with fellow researchers and learn about their research too!
While at the convention, we wanted to experience more than just presenting our poster, so we attended an interesting keynote on sleep, memory, and dreams. Afterwards, we reviewed our notes and went upstairs to give our poster presentation. We felt prepared and excited to explain our work and its implications to the many interested students and faculty who came by our poster to ask us questions. It was such an exciting and informative professional experience which we were grateful to have been a part of. The next day we had yet another new experience, when we helped run the Psi Chi International Honor Society booth, as we are the current President and Vice President of the Mount's Psi Chi chapter. The EPA conference was an amazing opportunity and we are extremely grateful for all of the support we received along the way, including a grant from the Mount’s School of Natural Science and Mathematics to help us conduct our research and a travel grant from Psi Chi to ease the burdens of attending the conference so far away. Thank you to everyone who helped us in our endeavors!