By Angelina Briones
Tue April 15, 2014
On April 24-26, Dominican psychology students will participate at the Western Psychological Association Conference (WPA) in Portland, Oregon. WPA is a conference for undergraduate and graduate students to showcase their research to other students, professors and psychologist in the field.
Dominican University has participated in this conference numerous times in the past and it is a great opportunity for students to share their projects they have been working on for the past year. WPA is a major conference where students are given a specific time and date where they will be able to present their research through graphs, answer any questions from students and professors, and see what other research people are conducting in different universities.
The main objective for Dominican students to participate in this conference is to present their senior thesis. Araceli Nunez, senior psychology major, will be attending the conference to present her research about the effects birth order and how that could affect individual’s personality and self-esteem. Her hypothesis is that first born children will have a higher self-esteem compared to their younger siblings but could not discuss about the results she found about her research until the conference is completed. Nunez states, “We’ve already completed our thesis, which is a graduation requirement, why not get the experience to present our work. We also get to put this experience on our resume for future employers to see.” Along with attending WPA, students will be showcasing their work on May 1st on the Dominican campus at the academic showcase for all students to see.
This conference is a great opportunity for Dominican psychology students but there could always be hesitation for students before attending such a major conference. “Internally, I don’t want people to come up to me but I know that once I’m in the environment of the conference, I won’t be as nervous and I’ll be okay,” explained Nunez. Dominican students will be accompanied by professors for this conference, but it was up to the students to plan and arrange travel plans to the conference. Dominican also offered travel grants, up to five hundred dollars, for students who applied for the grant.