Hiram College

Recent graduate Tiffany Foster’s senior capstone project earned first place recognition in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research’s competition for undergraduates.

Foster, of Willoughby, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and graduated summa cum laude in the Class of 2015. She earned $1,000 and publication on the ICPSR website and bulletin, thanks to her first place win.

Her paper, “Social Information Processing Mediates the Relationship between Effortful Control and Peer Success in First Graders” draws upon her interest in child psychology. Working with capstone advisor Ryan Honomichl, associate professor of psychology, she used data from the ICPSR’s study on childcare and youth development to explore the relationship between the temperament component of effortful control and children’s peer relationships.

Foster is currently working as an aide in a special education classroom, and this fall, she plans to apply to graduate schools to further explore child psychology. She plans to expand her research in the future by conducting a more in-depth exploration of the relationship between social information processing, effortful control and peer success.

ICPSR advances and expands social and behavioral research, acting as a global leader in data stewardship. The organization maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism and other fields.

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