Indiana Students and Teachers of Psychological Science Conference

A conference dedicated to the professional development and mentorship of psychology students and teachers.

September 21, 2018

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The third annual Indiana Students and Teachers of Psychological Science (IST0PS) conference will include a nationally recognized Psychologist as keynote speaker; symposia and discussions related to the teaching of psychological science, careers in psychology, and applications of psychological science; teaching demonstrations by high school teachers; brief research presentations (“data blitzes”) by undergraduate students; poster presentations by undergraduate students; and mentor luncheons for high school and undergraduate students.

Conference Goals
  • For all attendees: Our goal is to highlight the scientific nature and many applications of Psychological Science.
  • For teachers: Our goal is to facilitate the development and dissemination of best teaching practices.
  • For students: Our goal is to provide knowledge about the sub disciplines of and opportunities to pursue careers in Psychology and to familiarize students with Psychological research.
Cost and Registration


  • $15 for high school and college students.
  • $30 high school teachers and college professors.

Registration deadline:

September 7, 2018
*Late Registration available on-site on the day of the conference


ISTOPS combines the Showcasing Psychological Science and Pedagogy (SPSP) Conference to promote Psychological Science, share best teaching practices, and establish networks among collegiate and high school teachers and students started in 2015 with the Indiana High School Psychology Teachers Association (IHSPTA) annual, one-day conference, previously hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), for high school psychology teachers in Indiana to sharpen their pedagogical skills, share teaching techniques, and develop relationships with their peers.


8-8:50 a.m.: Alumni Hall
  • Registration
  • Meet and greet with all attendees
  • Continental breakfast
9-9:50 a.m.: MU Theatre
  • Welcome: Daniel .J. Elsener, President of Marian University
  • Keynote Speaker: Zack Hambrick, Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University
10-10:50 a.m.: Norman Center and Clare Hall classrooms
Teacher Track:

Teaching Psychology Standard 3 – Norman Center

Development: Amanda Egan, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Marian University

Student Track:

Career Success: Clare Hall classrooms

High School students: Transition to college and the psychology major

Undergraduate students: Transition to psychology related jobs and graduate school

11-11:50 a.m.: Norman Center and Clare Hall classrooms
Teacher Track:

Teaching Psychology Standard 4 – Norman Center

Cognition: Jeff Kellogg, Professor of Psychological Science, Marian University

Student Track:

Subfields of Psychology – Clare Hall classrooms

Focused on everyday applications of recent research in various subfields
Helping: Clinical, Counseling, Social Work
Applied: Industrial/Organizational, Sport Psych, Developmental, Behavioral Interventions
Research: Social, Cognitive Science, Behavioral Neuroscience

Noon-12:50 p.m.: Norman Center, Alumni Hall
Teacher Track:

Lunch noon-12:30 p.m. - Norman Center

Lesson Demonstrations 12:30-1:20pm - Marian Hall
High school teachers and college faculty will engage in discussions and classrooms demonstrations concerning the teaching of psychological topics.

Student Track:

Student Mentor Luncheon - Alumni Hall

Students will eat lunch with a psychology mentor from the local community including applied psychologists, research psychologists, psychology professors, and scientist-practitioner counselors and clinician. After 30 minutes, selected mentors will briefly describe their positions and job responsibilities in a panel discussion format.

1-1:50 p.m.: MU Theatre
  • Data Blitz: Undergraduate Student Research Presentations:
    Undergraduate psychology students will present their own research (approximately five minutes each). The presenters will introduce a research question. then describe the study design, results, and conclusions using no more than four PowerPoint slides. These brief presentations provide attendees with a quick overview of the latest developments and methods used within psychological science. As the intent is to encourage students within the audience to conduct their own research, strong preference wil I be given to students presenting their own research rather than the research of a faculty supervisor.
2-2:50 p.m.: Alumni Hall
  • Undergraduate research project posters and Teacher activity exchange and discussion tables: Research poster submissions should include appropriate background literature, methodology, and data analysis and interpretation for consideration. Teacher activity exchange and discussion tables will provide a forum for instructors and students to interact informally about teaching, share relevant materials and ideas, and discuss empirically supported methods


Zach Hambrick, Author of Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News: Researchers identify a major risk factor for pernicious effects of misinformation

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