Students Bring Home Top Psych Prizes from Regional Competition

News Date: 
Tue. 04/09/2013

Three Friends University students brought home top honors from the 33rd annual Great Plains Students’ Psychology Competition March 15-16 at Creighton University.

More than 10 Friends University students attended the Omaha, Neb., conference with Bill Allan, associate professor of family life and chair of social and behavioral sciences, and Dr. Donna Stuber, professor of human services/psychology. They competed against more than 300 students from five states, including institutions such as Oklahoma State University, University of Central Missouri, Fort Hays University, Avila University, Briar Cliff University and others.

Dana Evans and Kara Lyne, seniors in human services/psychology, received first place in the oral presentation category, where they each presented 12-minute presentations of their research projects. Evans presented “Winning at All Costs: The Relationship Between Hyper-Competitiveness and Ethical Behavior Among Women.” Lyne presented “The Effects of Political Standing on Self-Esteem.”

Lauren Torline, senior in human services/psychology, brought home top honors in the poster competition for her research project titled “The Relationship Between Internet Use and Life Satisfaction.”

“They did a good job,” Allan said. “We’re very proud of them.”

Dr. Stuber said Friends University is a regular competitor in this competition. “Our students do quite well in competition against the major research institutions,” she said.

The Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention rotates among the competing institutions each year. The competition was hosted by Friends University in 1999 and 2007 and will return to the University in 2015, when more than 300 students are expected to attend.

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