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Students are often recruited by Dr. Houska to join SPURS as a research assistant. However, motivated students who have strong interests in pursuing graduate work in Psychological Science are highly encouraged to inquire. Exemplary research proposals and strong literature reviews in Psychology courses may also establish the opportunity to become a SPURS affiliate.

Research assistants and affiliates often gain:

  • Experience developing stimuli and study materials
  • Expertise in running computer-administered experiments
  • Facility in programming online studies
  • Familiarity with software such as E-Prime (for stimulus presentation), SPSS (for data analysis), and CMA (for meta-analysis)
  • Improvement in scholarly writing abilities and public speaking skills
  • Opportunities to work professionally with other students
  • Insight as to what lab groups are actually like in graduate school

SPURS was first instituted at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, then transitioned to Concordia University – Chicago, and is now active at Centenary. The primary objective of SPURS is to provide undergraduate students in Psychology regular opportunities to become involved in the research enterprise within a “lab group” structure and the apprenticeship model. Past student assistants have found the transition to a lab in graduate school much easier as a result of their experiences with SPURS. Students can broaden their set of experiences further through becoming a SPURS affiliate. Affiliates initiate, develop, and carry out their own individual research under Dr. Houska’s advisement.

Over the years, SPURS research projects have been presented at a number of regional and national conferences in locales such as Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Reno, Denver, and Salt Lake City.

Student Presentations

*** indicates SPURS affiliate
** indicates undergraduate student coauthor,
*indicates graduate student coauthor

2014 Presentations

Houska, J.A. & Yevchak, R.** (2014, May). Personality through pictures: Judgments of personality on photoblogging sites.   Poster presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Dagis, S.*** [Faculty sponsor: Houska, J.A.] (2014, April). The residual impact of caregivers’ parenting style on anxiety level in offspring. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Singelais, J.E.*** [Faculty Sponsor: Houska, J.A.] (2014, April).      Violence and its relationship with moral disengagement. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Yeager, L.*** [Faculty Sponsor: Houska, J.A.] (2014, April). Effects of parenting style on coping and personality. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Houska, J.A., & O’Neill, S.J.** (2014, March). Perceptions of intellect and personality on social networking sites. Poster presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

2013 Presentations

Houska, J.A., & Bain, B.P.* (2013, May). Math anxiety impacts perceptions of statistics textbooks. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Houska, J.A., Hoffmann, A.R.**, August, E.**, Carr, A.**, & Pfortmiller, T.J.** (2013, May). Relationships between religious orientation and cognition. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

August, E.**, Hoffmann, A.R.**, Pfortmiller, T.J.**, Carr, A.**, & Houska, J.A. (2013, May). Cognition and religious orientation in an Indian-Hindu sample. Poster presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Lams, E.**, Hood, J.**, Collins, M.**, & Houska, J.A. (2013, May). Inferences about intellect: Personality judgments from social networking profiles. Poster presented at the 85th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Lorenzana, A.**, Bain, B.P.*, & Houska, J.A. (2013, May). You are the music: Music preferences, personality, and intellectual traits. Poster presented at the 85th Annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Olivares, D.**, Collins, M. **, Sanders, B. **, & Houska, J.A. (2013, May). Cognitive complexity and political extremity (revisited). Poster presented at the 85th Annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Hood, J.**, Lams, E.**, Wica, C.**, Netisingha, C.**, & Houska, J.A. (2013, April). Overachievers and party animals: Personality judgments from Facebook check-ins. Poster presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado. Recipient of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) – Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) Undergraduate Research Award (2013).

Collins, M**, Olivares, D.**, & Houska, J.A. (2013, April). Links between intellect and political extremity. Poster presented at the 83rd annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, Denver, Colorado.

2012 Presentations

Nordman, S.A.*, Pencheva, M.**, & Houska, J.A. (2012, May). The role of gender match and narrative perspective in health communications. Poster presented at the 24th annual Association for Psychological Science convention, Chicago, Illinois.

Farrand, J.*, Nordman, S.A.*, & Houska, J.A. (2012, May). Demonstrating cognitive phenomena in the classroom: Effects on learning and strategy usage. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Herboth, K.M. **, Lederer, C.L.**, Satyawadi, M.**, & Houska, J.A.(2012, May). Expressions of personality in Facebook profiles: Extravagance, extraversion, and narcissism. Poster presented at the 84th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Bain, B.P.*, Hoffmann, A.R.**, & Houska, J.A. (2012, April). Profs who Tweet: Student impressions and implications. Paper presented at the 82nd annual Rocky Mountain Psychological Association convention, Reno, Nevada.

Houska, J.A., Satyawadi, M.**, Burmeister, B.**, & Pfortmiller, T.J.** (2012, February). Research-based learning in core psychology courses: Faculty and student perspectives. Paper presented at the 19th annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology, Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

2011 Presentations

Klement, K.R.*, Anfuso, C.A.**, Martinez, C.**, Carr, A.**, & Houska, J.A. (2011, May). The Curse of the Billy Goat: An examination of belief in sports team curses. Poster presented at the 83rd annual Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Klement, K.R*, Rilett, P.**, Anfuso, C.A.**, Satyawadi, M.**, Carr, A.**, & Houska, J.A. (2011, May). Effects of welcome videos on attitudes toward the instructor and course. Poster presented at the 23rd annual Association for Psychological Science convention, Washington, D.C.

Satyawadi, M.M.**, Herboth, K.M.**, & Lederer, C.L.** [Faculty sponsor: Houska, J.A.]. (2011, November). Extraversion and narcissism: How personality manifests in Facebook profiles. Poster presented at the 21st annual Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Rockford, Illinois.

2010 Presentations

Houska, J.A., & Bivens, J.A.** (2010, May). Extra credit as an enticement for classroom and online participation. Poster      presented at the 22nd annual Association for Psychological      Science convention, Boston, Massachusetts.