Erskine students participated in several psychology conferences last month, Instructor of Psychology Dr. Cynthia Midcalf reports.
Bryce Jeffcoat, a junior from Camden, S.C. presented “The Effect of the Severity of an Individual’s First Criminal Conviction on the Probability of Criminal Recidivism” at the 19th Annual Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference, held on the campus of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Bryce is a member of Erskine’s Flying Fleet Football team.
Kenzie Eagleman, a junior from Sylva, N.C., and Ashby Smith, a senior from Gaffney, S.C., participated in the 44th Annual Psi Chi Convention at the University of Georgia. Kenzie, a member of the Fleet Softball team, presented research on “Collegiate Athletes and Mental Health.” Saying she is “very open” about her own mental health, she was interested in whether student athletes from other colleges “were having the same issues I was.” She received a second-place award for her presentation.
Twelve Erskine students presented their research at the Carolinas Psychology Conference, held on the campus of Campbell University in North Carolina.
Senior Meredith Hollinger of Belton, S.C. gave a presentation titled “Comparison of In-Sport and Out-of-Sport Body Image in Female Collegiate Volleyball Players.” She is a member of the Women’s Volleyball team.
In her research project, “The Correlation between Religion and Addiction Recovery,” Christen Jordan’s goal was “to find a way to help decrease the stigma of those who face addictions” and to emphasize “the importance of showing compassion to addicts.” A senior from Lexington, S.C., she has played on Erskine’s Beach Volleyball team and has served as a student secretary for Chaplain Joshua Chiles. Christen says Dr. Cynthia Midcalf, who accompanied the students to the conference, “was my main support throughout this process.”
Junior Kacper Rybarczyk, of Warsaw, Poland, presented research on “International Students and Difficulties They Have to Face in the U.S.” He is a member of the Men’s Volleyball team.
Other participants included senior Brooklyn Boseman of Starr, S.C.; senior Maisy Garner of Chapin, S.C.; senior Sharon George of Spartanburg, S.C.; senior Seth Kemfort of Lexington, S.C.; junior Melanie Mercelita of Haines City, Fla.; senior Davis Robertson of Easley, S.C.; junior Katelyn Suttles of Gray Court, S.C.; junior Luize Valtere of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; and junior DuJwan Washington of Savannah, Ga.
Pictured at top are some of the students who presented research at the Carolinas Psychology Conference: front row, from left, Sharon George, Katelyn Suttles; back row, from left, Dr. Cynthia Midcalf, who accompanied the students, Meredith Hollinger, Maisy Garner, Christen Jordan, Kacper Rybarcyzk, and Melanie Mercelita.