Psychology Department Article Published in Undergraduate Research Journal

Friday, August 26, 2011

An article authored by Westminster College's Department of Psychology faculty was published in the September edition of the Council on Undergraduate Research's online quarterly.

Contributing to "Undergraduate Research in a Psychology/Neuroscience Curriculum" were: Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor and chair of the department; Dr. Sandra Webster, professor; Dr. Jamie McMinn, associate professor; Dr. Kirk Lunnen, associate professor; Dr. Sherri Pataki, assistant professor; and Dr. Alan Gittis, professor emeritus.

The article outlines the department's incremental program that engages students in undergraduate research activities that promote valuable higher-order thinking skills.  These activities culminate in the completion of a two-semester senior capstone thesis by all majors in the department.

The article concludes, "Post-graduation placements and alumni reports testify that both students who engage in graduate study and/or join the work force immediately have been well prepared for these transitions by their extensive undergraduate research experience."

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The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), founded in 1978, is a national organization of individual and institutional members representing over 900 colleges and universities.  CUR and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. CUR believes that faculty members enhance their teaching and contribution to society by remaining active in research and by involving undergraduates in research.

Contact Medvin at (724) 946-7360 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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