Hiram College

Hiram psychology students Zac Cairns, Jake Evanoff, Kara Hokes, Joe Howard and Miranda Mims will present their research at the 2017 Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference on April 29 at John Carroll University.

Delivering study findings on race, disability, work and life, the students conducted their research under Michelle Nario-Redmond, Ph.D., professor of psychology, and Acacia Parks, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology. The event is described as one that provides students interested in graduate-level study or in research-based careers with an opportunity to present their work to a supportive and constructively critical audience of student and faculty members.

Cairns  will present on the value of disability simulations that focus on environmental barriers (rather than on disabilities)  and their impact on improving attitudes toward accessibility and disability rights. Mims will share her investigation findings on the differences between students who are highly identified as African American and those who are less identified as such in terms of their interests and achievement. Mims’ findings will reveal if race identity affirmation helps bolster individual achievement.

“Our students do hands-on science in several classes and as part of our research labs,” explains Dr. Nario-Redmond. “We spotlight these students at our own celebrations, but to be recognized at a regional conference — to practice their presentational chops and show off the empirical findings they’ve analyzed themselves — are all unique benefits of being an undergraduate in psychology at Hiram College. We are so proud to mentor these independent projects.”

Evanoff and Howard will present on the relationships between a perceived meaning in life, desire for meaning in life and well-being. Meanwhile, Hokes will describe how technology-based well-being intervention improves work productivity and engagement.

“OUPRC is a fantastic opportunity for students to get experience giving oral presentations to an audience of peers,” says Dr. Parks. “In graduate school, you have to do posters for years before you’re allowed to do a talk. We’re so pleased to be able to offer our students this rare and exciting chance.”