PUC Students and Faculty Dazzle at WPA Convention

At the end of April, a group of PUC students and several faculty traveled to Southern California to attend the annual Western Psychological Association convention in Pasadena, Calif, at the Pasadena Convention Center. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to mingle with distinguished psychologists and other professionals, learn about and discuss the latest research findings, and meet students from other schools.

For a lucky few, it was also a chance to present their research at a poster session, which PUC students Steffany Quijada, Margot Alvarado, and Emilia Hoffman had the privilege of doing this trip. During these sessions, presenters display the highlights of their research studies as posters mounted on bulletin boards. Presenters stand by their posters as attendees walk by, reading the posters and discussing them with the presenters.

“We had a great time at the conference, and we are very proud of our students,” says professor Michael Milmine, assistant professor of psychology, who went along on the trip.

Other highlights of the convention included a film festival, which showcased new films spanning all areas of psychology; an exhibit hall featuring exhibitors, vendors, publishers, and psychology organizations such as Psi Chi and the American Psychological Association; and companies with psychology-related merchandise and research tools. There was also a reception where students had another opportunity to talk with leading psychologists and other working professionals, which made it a great experience for students to interested in breaking into the field.  

The psychology program at PUC provides students with countless research opportunities and instills within each student valuable knowledge and insight into the processes of human emotion and behavior. PUC’s psychology faculty are helping train the next generation of caring and Christ-centered professionals in the fields of research, social work, psychiatry, and community welfare. To learn more, visit puc.edu/psychology, email admissions@puc.edu, or call (800) 862-7080, option 2 to talk with an admissions counselor to learn more about where a degree in psychology can take you.

PUC students with famous psychologist, Philip Zimbardo.

Margot Alvarado discusses her research with another student at the conference.

Melisa Lopez, a senior that graduated last year from PUC, discusses her research with a graduate student attending the conference.

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