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Education Beyond the Classroom

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Associate Professor of Psychology Ling-Chuan Chu (left) with students Reuben Garcia, Erin Szela, and Heather Bagdoian                                     

Three QVCC psychology students were busy this year traveling from one end of the country to the other to present their research on the relationship between happiness and memory. In March, at the Eastern Psychological Association’s annual meeting held March 13-16 in Boston, Reuben Garcia of Griswold and Heather Bagdoian of Brooklyn were the only community college students whose research was accepted by EPA, joining hundreds of other college students who also presented at the three-day conference. The conference provided an opportunity for students of psychology, as well as scholars and practitioners, to come together to share research and ideas that foster the development of the field.

Ling-Chuan Chu, PhD, associate professor of psychology at QVCC and also a conference presenter, encouraged the students to write and submit their research. “The presentations they did were under my guidance to increase their understanding of psychological research and to be more involved in the field of psychology,” she said. Reuben plans to major in psychology, while Heather wants to major in secondary education with a psychology minor.

In May, the students were joined by Erin Szela of Pomfret when they traveled to San Francisco to present “Mood Manipulation for Memory Recall” at the 26th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science. This conference brings together psychological researchers and academics for a program that covers the entire spectrum of innovative research in psychological science.

“It’s an honor for our students’ research to be selected by these two organizations,” said Chu. “Research experience is valuable for psychology majors and helps if they apply to graduate school or plan to work in the field.”

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