Student Symposium

The 2021 JMU Psychology Student Symposium was Held Virtually on Twitter on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Save the Date for Next Year: April 25, 2022

Please join us in in congratulating all participants listed in the Event Program. Many presented posters can still be viewed by searching #JMUPsychSymposium2021 on Twitter.

The posters shown below were selected for Best Poster Awards by a panel of graduate student and faculty judges.

Best Poster Awards: Field Placement, Internship, or Practicum

Award criteria included the student's knowledge of their site, their description of their site responsibilities and skills gained, and the magnitude of their contributions made to their site via evidence-based projects. The effectiveness of the visual poster presentation was also considered. The 2021 winners are:

Sydnie DeMarco
Summit House Field Placement, Fall 2020
Site Mentor: Kim Hall
Download the Poster [PDF] [PPT]

sydnie DeMarco research poster


Katie Shiflett
The Collins Center Field Placement, Spring 2021
Site Mentor: Margaret Grubb
Download the Poster [PDF] [PPT]

Katie shiflett research poster

Best Poster Awards: Research

Award criteria included the quality of the research questions and method, appropriateness of analyses, and importance of conclusions drawn. The effectiveness of the visual posterpresentation was also considered. The 2021 winners are:

Madeline Linn
Rejection Sensitivity, Negative Attitudes in Romantic Relationships, and Relationship Satisfaction
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Szwedo
Download the Poster [PDF] [PPT]

Madeline Linn research poster


Julia Smaltz
Gender Differences in Social Media Behaviors as Predictors of Romantic Jealousy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Szwedo
Download the Poster [PDF] [PPT]

Julia Smaltz research poster

Best Poster Award: Diversity in Research

Award criteria included all of the above for the Best Poster Research Award. Additionally, the presented research a) investigated topics related to diversity, or b) the research involved engagement with diverse populations, or c) a student presenter, who is a substantial contributor to the project, was from an underrepresented group (e.g., a racial or ethnic minority group, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+, student with disabilities, etc.). The 2021 winners are:

Katelyn Fuller, Regan Buckley, Cate Hickman, & Madison Lane
Pareidolia in Children
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jakobsen
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Katelyn Fuller's research poster