Dr. Richard Miller
Department of Psychology chair and professor, 308.865.8239

Nine of 13 undergraduate research papers presented by University of Nebraska at Kearney psychology students took top honors in their categories at the 24th Annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention held recently at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

Those earning first place awards, and the titles of their presentations, listed alphabetically by hometown, include:

-Kristen Halpine of Grand Island, “The Effects of Gender, Personality Characteristics/Values, and Self-Esteem on Jealousy”

-Nathan Sudbeck of Hartington, “Effects of Background Noise and Speech on Task Performance”

-Abby Bjornsen of Kearney, “Analysis of Conflict in College Roommates with Respect to Identity Status”

-Lauren Kate Nickel of Kearney, “The Effects of Personality as an Underlying Effect of Eating Disorders”

-Chelae Sowl of Kearney, “A Comparison of Laypersons and Law Enforcement on Predictions of Psychology and Law Research Outcomes”

-Brett McCurdy of Lincoln, “The Effects of Group Cohesion on Disordered Eating in Athletes”

-Jennifer Ann Bienhoff of Kensington, Kan., “Effects of Symmetry, Spatial Frequency, Sex of Face, and Sex of Participant on Judged Facial Attractiveness”

Placing second in their respective categories, and their topics, were: Jenna Fitzke of Clay Center, “Females’ Perception of Another’s Body Size,” and Nicole Willmes of Scottsbluff, “Terror Management: Death Anxiety or Loss of Self.”

Also presenting at the conference were: David Plautz of Grand Island, “Internship Panel Discussion: At First Glance -A Discussion Concerning the Importance of Field Experience in a Student’s Career” and “Addictive Personality Disorder: Fact or Fiction?,” which was co-authored by Brent Hensley; Andrew Hageman of Kearney, “Seven Deadly Sins and Seven Heavenly Virtues as Desirable or Undesirable among Individualists and Collectivists”; Andrea Kennedy of Sidney, “Internship Panel Discussion: Ambiguity in Field Experience” and “The Relationship between Parental Marital Status and Children’s Friendships”; and Nayanna Costa of Teresina, Piaui, “Analysis of Conflict in College Roommates based on Family Size and Sibling Relationship.”

UNK Department of Psychology faculty members who attended the conference include Dr. Richard Miller, department chair; and Dr. Bill Wozniak, Dr. Theresa Wadkins and Dr. Robert Rycek.