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The Annual Social Psychology Capstone Showcase Goes Virtual

The final-year students of SOCPSY 4ZZ6 displayed their research projects at a virtual capstone poster session in March.

Mar 31, 2021


In a year marked by profound change, the final-year students of SOCPSY 4ZZ6 displayed their research projects at a virtual capstone poster session in March. 

The annual Social Psychology capstone showcase is held near the end of every Winter term, allowing students to present to the public the results of months of extensive research. 

Groups of students create their own research questions based on their interests or experience and use qualitative or quantitative methods to collect data via online surveys.

Unsurprisingly, this year’s research topics reflected the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research questions included: “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Wellness of Undergraduate Students”, “Personality Types and Social Changes of Students of Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic” and “The Effects of Online Learning on Self-Identity and Belongingness”. 

When it came time for the public showcase, there were MacVideo presentations in place of the in-person displays and PowerPoint slides instead of physical displays. However, nothing could dull the enthusiasm of the students.

Dr Sarah Clancy has overseen over 90 research projects and 440 students during the seven years she has supervised and taught the course. She is consistently proud of the students’ development. “Students have the opportunity for experiential, practical research experience through this capstone course, but to say this year has been different would be an understatement,” she says. 

"The students in this year’s capstone course have faced a year unlike any other. I am so impressed by the resilience, adaptation to change, and academic achievement that each of the 88 students in the class have showed over the course of the academic year.  Their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments have not gone unnoticed.”

Kate Taekema, one student in this year’s course, says the experience was critical to her personal development. “We learnt about project management and goal setting and trusting your group members. The pandemic and lockdowns meant we couldn’t meet in person to discuss our ideas, so we had to be creative about sharing information and documents in ways that worked for everyone and were also compliant with all professional and research ethics regulations.” 

Another student, Catherine French, says she was enthusiastic about conducting her own research. “Having the ability to look at data and know that we did it, that we have our names on it and that it belongs to us was a wonderful feeling. Until this point, we had only been reading about other people’s research and observations. Now, we have our own.”

Seventeen groups displayed their projects during the Virtual Poster Session. The poster showcase can be viewed on MacVideo