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Psychology, education students participate in Undergraduate Research Day in Charleston

ISSUED: 21 February 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Two Shepherd University students participated in Undergraduate Research Day on February 7 at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston.

James Joyner, a psychology major from Frederick, Maryland, presented research titled “Attending to Time: The Effects of Attention and Task Difficulty on Prospective Timing.” Kate Kessler, an education major from Winchester, Virginia, presented “The Evolution of Technology Within Education.” Dr. Larry Daily, associate professor of psychology, and Dr. Jennifer L. Penland, director, School of Education, accompanied Joyner and Kessler to the West Virginia Capitol.

Research Day features research and creative works completed by undergraduate students under the guidance of faculty mentors from colleges and universities across the state to give state legislators an opportunity to learn about some of the research and creative activities involving undergraduate students and the educational impact of those activities. The event showcased posters on a wide range of subjects, including science, art, social science, and humanities. More than 90 students from 15 institutions participated in this year’s event.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience presenting my research at the Capitol,” Kessler said. “It was a fantastic opportunity and I am glad that I was able to attend and display my work. I feel that it also helped me refine my presentation skills, as I had to grab the attention of those who were interested in my poster.”

Kessler said she also enjoyed visiting Charleston and seeing the West Virginia Capitol building as well as research done by students from other universities.

“I did enjoy my trip and presentation at the Capitol,” Joyner said. “The presentation was a small, yet significant personal success. Outside of campus, I have not had an opportunity to present and receive feedback on my educational experiences. My study, on the perception of time, seemed to be well received.”

Joyner said the experience gained from the trip will help when he presents the same study at the Eastern Psychological Association conference in March.

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