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Bethany psychology students and faculty to present research in Boston

BETHANY — Four students and three faculty members from Bethany College will present research at the Eastern Psychology Association’s annual meeting in March in Boston.

The Bethany representatives are senior Amanda Casto, of Wellsburg, senior Jenna Scott, of Newcastle, Ind., senior Mershawn Smith, of Columbus, Ohio, junior Mariah Chobany, of Washington, Pa., professors Debra Hull and John Hull, and Diane Snyder, assistant professor and department chair.

“Cultivating a scholarship of research is one of the key pathways in our ‘Bethany Connect’ strategic vision,” said Joe Lane, provost and dean of faculty. “The excellent work of our psychology faculty in encouraging students to present their original work at the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston is one of the premier examples of the fine work our students, and their faculty mentors, do. We know that students who present at professional conferences are better prepared for graduate study than those who have not had this opportunity, and we are committed to giving our students these opportunities beyond the classroom that contribute to a distinctive Bethany education.”

Every year since 1977, Bethany College has had at least one psychology major author or co-author a presentation or publication for a refereed professional meeting or journal, John Hull said. In the last decade, an average of three students has done so annually.

The Eastern Psychological Association is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and is the oldest regional psychological organization in the United States. The annual meeting will be March 12-14 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

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