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Midwestern Regional Convention
2016 MPA Convention
May 5–7, 2016 | Palmer House Hilton | Chicago, IL

Psi Chi Distinguished Lecture

The Myth of Willpower and Strategies for Surviving Without It
People generally believe that it is one's willpower ability that separates the thin from the fat. I will argue that willpower—although highly consequential in many life domains—is not an important factor in explaining people's weight, and that diets fail more because of biology than because of willpower. Then, I'll talk about healthy eating strategies that do not involve willpower. Overall, I'll describe a sensible middle ground between restrictive diets, on the one hand, and excessive overeating, on the other.

Traci Mann, PhD
University of Minnesota 


Psi Chi Symposium
Start Strong: MPA Conference Orientation
8:309:15 a.m., Salon 2
Jamie Simpson (Midland University); Megan Todd (Truman State University); Natalia Hahnfeld (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.12:55 p.m., Upper Exhibit Hall
Session I: Biological and Cognitive
Session II: Cognitive and Developmental
Session III: Clinical
Session IV: Clinical, Experimental, and Health
Session V: Health and Social
View Psi Chi Poster Presenters.

Psi Chi Symposium
Poster to Paper: Tips on Publishing Your Conference Presentations, Honors and Independent Studies, and More
11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Salon 2
Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Vice-President; 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 they 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
12:101:00 p.m., Salon 2
Megan Todd (Truman State University); Mike Dudley (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville); and Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University)
Wondered what I/O psychologists really do? How do health 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 the 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!)
1:302:20 p.m., Salon 2
Matthew T. Kadlubowski (Educational Testing Services)
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
2:303:20 p.m., Salon 2
Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University); Martha Zlokovich (Psi Chi Executive Director); Megan Todd (Truman State University); and Natalia Hahnfeld (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)
There are many challenges faced in running a Psi Chi chapter. Come and listen, share, and discuss what your chapter has been successful at. In this Psi Chi exchange, we will discuss how chapters have successfully recruited members, fund-raised, 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
3:305:00 p.m., Crystal
Hosts: Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Vice-President; University of Wisconsin–Green Bay); Daniel Corts (Psi Chi President; Augustana College); Betsy Morgan (Psi Chi Past-President; University of Wisconsin–La Crosse); Mike Dudley (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville); Kristin Flora (Franklin College); Natalia Hahnfeld (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay); Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University); Jamie Simpson (Midland University); and Megan Todd (Truman 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016

Psi Chi Symposium
Surviving Your "Freshman" Year in the Workplace With a Bachelor's Degree
8:30–9:20 a.m., Salon 2
Paul Hettich (DePaul University)
Many employers complain about the lack of professional preparedness, unrealistic expectations, and entitlement attitudes that new college graduates bring to the workplace. Graduates must adapt to a new organizational culture, apply their skills, and master behaviors and attitudes that lead to promotion or better assignments. Options for strengthening workplace readiness are discussed.

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

Psi Chi Symposium
Finding and Affording the Right Graduate Program for You
9:3010:20 a.m., Salon 2
Amanda Kraha (Indiana University East)
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
The Myth of Willpower and Strategies for Surviving Without It
10:3011:30 a.m., Red Lacquer Room
Traci L. Mann (University of Minnesota)
Moderator: Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi Midwestern Regional Vice-President; University of Wisconsin–Green Bay)

Psi Chi Conversation Hour
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Moderator: Betsy Morgan (Psi Chi Past-President; University of Wisconsin–La Crosse)
All students are invited to join a conversation hour with Dr. Mann immediately after her talk.

Psi Chi Symposium
Maximizing Your Leadership Impact: Tips for Officers and Advisors
12:301:20 p.m., Salon 2
Timothy Koeltzow (Bradley University); Mike Dudley (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville); Natalia Hahnfeld (University of Wisconsin–Green Bay); Theresa Luhrs (DePaul University); Megan Todd (Truman State University)
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
You're Not in Kansas (Undergrad) Anymore: How Graduate School Is Different From Being an Undergrad
1:302:20 p.m., Salon 2
Amanda Kraha (Indiana University East) and Stephanie Freis (The Ohio State University)
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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