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Fourth Year Social Psychology student Linda Cabral explains her research poster to a group of onlookers.

Social Psychology students shed light on a range of research topics

On Thursday, March 21, 13 projects from 66 students were showcased at the Honours Social Psychology Program's annual capstone showcase.

Mar 25, 2019

For those final-year social psychology students participating in SOCPSY 4ZZ6 A/B, a course dedicated to research in Social Psychology, the showcase represents the culmination of a year’s work and a chance to demonstrate both theoretical and a practical research skill by completing a group-based research project.

Students were grouped into research teams based on shared research interests.  Each group choose a complex topic of interest and conducted research using either quantitative (a survey) or qualitative (interviews) methods to investigate their research questions.

Research topics were examined through a social psychology lens that brings together psychology’s traditional concern with individual behaviour and sociology’s concern for interaction and group life. 

“Having taught this course for the 5 past years, I am continually amazed at the socially relevant and innovative social psychological research projects that the students design and research collaboratively as a group year after year" says Dr. Sarah Clancy who has instructed the class and supervised all 13 research projects.  "As an educator, this is a rewarding course to teach," says Clancy, "as the students are able to apply the theories, methods, and skills they’ve learned in previous years to these collaborative group projects.  It is an honour and a privilege to teach this course and work with such intelligent, engaged, and passionate students."

A few of the project’s students include: 

Acacia Blake explains her project to a group of students.

Topic: How has moving away from home affected the way fourth year McMaster undergraduates develop their identity?
Research methods:  In-depth face-to-face interviews with McMaster University undergraduate students over the age of 18 (n=12)
Group members:  Acacia Blake, Tianna Downey, Shemar Hackett, Teesha Henny, Jodie Lo and Faye Stavropoulos

 

 

Topic: Examining experiences of stress and stress management techniques by Faculty of study among level 1 and level 4 undergraduate students
Research methods:  Anonymous online survey of McMaster University undergraduate students over the age of 18 (n=59)
Group members:  Alexis Davidson, Rosanna Galluzzo, Thomas Kruszynski, Daniela Nosowski and Mikaela Predote

 

Topic: Examining the self-perceptions of women in STEM programs at McMaster
Research methods:  In-depth face-to-face interviews with McMaster University undergraduate students over the age of 18  (n=9)
Group members:  Zyah Brereton, Lauren Dykstra, Christy Liu, Christina Movila, Amanjot Sra and Pia Vollmers

 

Congratulations to all of the fourth year social psychology students who completed their capstone projects! 

Congratulations to the 2019 cohort of SOCPSY 4ZZ6 A/B on the completion of their capstone projects!