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Psychology Research Conference Highlights Student Achievement

By Tim Meehan

Undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities throughout Southern California convened at Cal State San Marcos recently for the 29th Annual Psychology Student Research Conference

The event allowed students the chance to share their work in psychological research and connect with fellow students and faculty. This year’s event included two student poster sessions (with 38 total posters), a student blitz talk session, graduate school and careers in psychology panels, and a keynote address by Dr. Franki Kung, an assistant professor of psychological sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences and director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Purdue University.  

Kung's keynote address on “Robotic Asians: A Mechanistic Dehumanization Perspective of Bias Against Asians in the U.S.” struck a chord with one CSUSM student in particular. 

“His keynote address was quite informative and interesting,” Jonathan Solorio said. “I am unfamiliar with industrial psychology, so it was nice to hear from Dr. Kung, an expert in the field. I found Dr. Kung’s research crucial to making the workplace more inclusive. Research aside, his final statements (about doing research and applying to graduate school), on not underestimating yourself and going for all possible opportunities I feel resonated with several of us undergraduate students.”

Karissa Tran was the Seward Paper Award winner, and the two poster award winners were Alex Leon (Best Poster Quality) and Amanda Mata (Best Poster Presentation).  

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