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Midwestern Regional Convention
2015 MPA Convention
April 30–May 2, 2015 | Palmer House Hilton | Chicago, IL

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer

Talking Up and Talking Down: Power of Positive Speaking

Polite communications sustain hierarchies. Well-mannered communicators omit negativity in describing others. Negativity omission creates innuendo and allows stereotype to stagnate. Listeners hear the innuendo, inferring negativity. Impression-managers use positive innuendodownplay warmth or competence to convey the other. Status matters: High-status speakers talk down (warmly); low-status speakers talk up (competently).
Susan Fiske, PhD
Princeton University, NJ  

Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Convention Program


Psi Chi Symposium
Start Strong: MPA Conference Orientation

8:30–9:20 a.m., Salon 2
Jamie Simpson (Midland University); Diana Steakley-Freeman (Illinois State University); Olyvia Kuchta (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay); and Mike Dudley (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)
How do you get the most out of a professional conference? This session provides tips on maximizing your conference experience including key sessions to take in, staying alert and healthy, and social networking. We will also hand out conference survival kits.

Psi Chi Poster Sessions I–V
8:30 a.m.–1:20 p.m., Upper Exhibit Hall

View Psi Chi Poster Presenters.

Psi Chi Symposium
Poster to Paper: Tips on Publishing Your Conference Presentations, Honors and Independent Studies, and More

11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m., Salon 2
Regan A. R. Gurung (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay) and Kristin Flora
(Franklin College)

Publishing your work is the mechanism to inform the world about your findings. Students and faculty conduct research, write papers for class and do poster presentations but rarely take the next step and publish their findings. This session shows you how to get your work out to greater audiences. We discuss journals open to undergraduate research, the process to convert posters to papers, and also other ways to publish.

Psi Chi Symposium
Speed Mentoring

12:30–1:20 p.m., Salon 2
Diana Steakley-Freeman (Illinois State University); Mike Dudley (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville); R. Eric Landrum (Boise State University); Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University); and Leslie Ashburn-Nardo (Indiana UniversityPurdue
University Indianapolis)

Wondered what I/O psychologists really do? How do healthy psychologists train? What can you do with a bachelors degree in psychology? We will have a number of faculty from different disciplines in psychology on hand to answer questions about different areas of psychology and provide one-on-one advice for psychology majors.

Psi Chi Symposium
Everything You Want to Know About the GRE
(And How to Do Your BEST at It!)

1:30–2:20 p.m., Salon 2
Matthew T. Kadlubowski (Associate Director, Educational Testing Service)
Many students fear the GRE and many do not do well on it. What is the best way to study for it? What is the GRE comprised of? The session presented by a representative of the group that created and administers the GRE will provide detailed information on the GRE including best ways to prepare. Make sure to be there for the great handout.

Psi Chi Symposium
Great Ideas for Making Your Psi Chi Chapter Effective

2:30–3:20 p.m., Salon 2
Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University); Martha Zlokovich (Psi Chi Executive Director); Diana Steakley-Freeman (Illinois State University); and Olyvia Kuchta (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)
There are many challenges faced in running a Psi Chi chapter. Come and listen, share, and discuss what your club has been successful at. In this psi chi exchange we will discuss how clubs have successfully recruited members, fundraised, conducted induction ceremonies, invited speakers, research projects, etc. In sharing these success stories, it is our hope that chapter members can go back to their respective institutions with renewed energy and good ideas to implement.

Psi Chi Awards Presentation and Reception 
3:30–5:00 p.m., Crystal
Hosts: Regan A. R. Gurung, (Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Vice-President, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay); Daniel Corts (Psi Chi President-Elect; Augustana College); Maria Lavooy (Psi Chi Past-President, Florida Institute of Technology); and the Psi Chi Midwestern Steering Committee: Mike Dudley (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville), Kristin Flora (Franklin College), Olyvia Kuchta (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay), Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University); Jamie Simpson (Midland University); and Diana Steakley-Freeman (Illinois State University)
All Psi Chi students and faculty advisors are invited to come enjoy some refreshments and to recognize the achievements of our student researchers. Awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m.

View Psi Chi Award Winners.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

Psi Chi Symposium
Career Options and Strategies for Success

8:30–9:20 a.m., Salon 2
R. Eric Landrum (Boise State University)
Dr. Landrum is the author of numerous books for psychology majors and will provide up-to-date career information that faculty might not normally have at their fingertips, including the latest salary figures for a number of psychology-related jobs and occupations. He will also provide answers to common questions such as "What can I do with a psychology major?” and provides tips to succeed in the career search.

Psi Chi Poster Sessions VI–VII
8:30–10:20 a.m., Upper Exhibit Hall
View Psi Chi Poster Presenters.

Psi Chi Symposium
Finding and Affording the Right Graduate Program for You

9:30–10:20 a.m., Salon 2
Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association)
There are many choices to make when looking at graduate programs in psychology. This workshop will discuss (a) masters and doctorates, (b) types of degrees and subfields, (c) ways to evaluate programs on objective and subjective data, and (d) how you can afford and repay graduate school. A time for Q&A will follow.

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecturer
Talking Up and Talking Down: Power of Positive Speaking

10:30–11:30 a.m., Adams
Susan T. Fiske, PhD (Princeton University)
Moderator: Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Vice-President, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)

Conversation Hour With Dr. Fiske
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Moderator: Maria Lavooy (Psi Chi Past-President; Florida Institute of Technology)
All students are invited to remain for a conversation hour with Dr. Hyde immediately after her talk.

Psi Chi Symposium
Maximizing Your Leadership Impact

12:30–1:20 p.m., Salon 2
David Radosevich (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)
This interactive session will present several challenges that may be faced by Psi Chi chapter leaders and members, and discuss possible strategies for dealing with the challenges. We will discuss several different leadership styles, and conclude that the best leadership strategy is often dependent upon the situation.

Psi Chi Symposium
Making the Leap:
How Graduate School Is Different From Being an Undergrad

1:30–2:20 p.m., Salon 2
Eddy Ameen (American Psychological Association); Stephanie Freis (Ohio
State University); Elizabeth Tobin (Ball State University); Halley Cooper-Shumway (University of Akron); Zachary Petzel (University of MissouriSaint Louis)

When students first arrive at their graduate programs, culture shock can set in as the expectations and norms of learning are oftentimes starkly different from the experiences of earning a Bachelor's degree. In this session, a panel of individuals will reflect on some of the lessons they've learned, and will share best practices to help you make the leap to graduate school more gracefully. You will leave this session with increased competency about the graduate school phase of life so you can not only survive, but thrive in it.


Regan A.R. Gurung, PhD
University of Wisconsin
–Green Bay
Biographical Information

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ontario

Jamie Simpson, PhD

Midland University (NE)

Theresa Luhrs, PhD
DePaul University (IL)

Diana Steakley-Freeman
Illinois State University

Olyvia Kuctha
University of Wisconsin
–Green Bay

Kristin C. Flora, PhD
Franklin College (OH)

Mike Dudley, PhD
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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