A couple weeks ago, the DiSH lab attended the Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention in Atlanta, GA. One of our wonderful research assistants, Nancy Gomez, presented a poster on her independent project that she’s been working hard on with Dr. T.
Here’s what Nancy had to say:
“Attending the SPSP conference for the first time was such an amazing experience! In the past, I’ve been to APA and being such a big conference, I felt like I missed a lot of opportunities. However, at SPSP I was able to learn and improve my own skills and knowledge about the social/health field by attending other student presentations, panels, and data blitz sessions. I met new scholars and reconnected with former peers while learning and hearing about their recent discoveries. As for my presentation, I was never alone for more than 3 minutes which enhanced my excitement and decreased my nervousness. After the first person stopped by, I felt like a professional who has been doing this for years! Interacting with grad students gave me the opportunity to further analyze and critically think of my research when provided with constructive feedback. At this point, you come to realize of the many different paths that you can take your research to and explore new ideas. By the time I returned home, I realized something important for my personal development. I felt re-energized and strongly motivated to continue my current research project and begin new ones in the near future. One thing for sure, experiences such as this conference are pulling me away from Quantitative Psychology and towards Health/Social Psychology.”
From left to right: Erin Standen, Jeff Hunger, and Nancy Gomez.
This conference is always a great opportunity to network and to learn about the most recent social psychology research. We also ran into former lab manager Erin (who’s currently a first-year graduate student at the University of Minnesota), and we look forward to going back next year!