Gustavus to Host Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Posted on April 26th, 2012 by

Dr. Laurie Santos will keynote this Saturday's Minnesota Psychology Undergraduate Conference.

Gustavus Adolphus College and its Department of Psychology is hosting the annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Beck Academic Hall. Undergraduate psychology students from across the state will present papers and posters on their most recent psychological research at the conference, which is free and open to the public.

Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University is the keynote speaker for the conference and will present on “The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys.” Santos’ speech is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the College’s Alumni Hall, located in the O.J. Johnson Student Union.

Santos is the director of Yale’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory where she and her graduate students study the evolutionary origins of human thinking. She also conducts her research with primates at the Cayo Santiago field station off the coast of Puerto Rico and the Lemur Conservation Foundation Myakka City Reserve in Florida. She received her A.B. in psychology and biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard in 2003. In 2007, Santos was selected as one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10” young scientists and in 2010 was an invited speaker at the TED Global Conference.

The entire schedule for the conference is as follows:

  • 8-10 a.m. / Registration / Beck Hall
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. / Paper Session I / Beck Hall 111, 113, 119
  • 8:45-9:45 a.m. / Poster Session I / Torrey Atrium, Beck Hall
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. / Paper Session II / Beck Hall 111, 119
  • 9:45-10:45 a.m. / Poster Session II / Torrey Atrium, Beck Hall
  • 11a.m-12 p.m. / Keynote Address, Dr. Laurie Santos / Alumni Hall
  • 12-1 p.m. / Lunch / Faculty in Heritage Room, students and alumni in Market Place
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. / Paper Session III / Beck Hall 111, 119
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m. / Poster Session III / Torrey Atrium, Beck Hall
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. / Poster Session IV / Torrey Atrium, Beck Hall
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. / Paper Session IV / Beck Hall 111, 119

Nearly 50 students from Gustavus will present research at the conference including Chad Allen, Chris Almen-Sjogren, Katherine Arndt, Brin Bailey, Briana Baker, Sarah Barthell, Caitlin Bayer, Amy Beck, Karl Brudvig, Patrick Clark, Kimberly Clayton, Nicole Doerrmann, Forrest Emo, Emmalynn Ennis, Matt Erdahl, Alys Ferragamo, Madison Heckel, Eric Helps, Caroline Hendrickson, Beka Jimenez, Jade Johnson, Sonja Johnson, Eric Jorgenson, Laura Kientzle, Grace Kjellgren, Emily Susan Klatt, Emily Lindberg, Mallory Maki, Susanna Massaro, Kristen Montijo, Andrea Morgan, Megan Mueller, Olivia Nguyen, Jean-Paul Noel, Kathryn Ofstad, Sam Olson-Anstett, Victoria Ott, Caleb Peck, Chloe Peters, Jamie Ries, Andrea Rosenburg, Zeynep Tuzcu, Lydia Voss, Joe Wachutka, Katelyn Warburton, Judy Xiong, Sandy Xiong, Luke Youngvorst, and Emileah Zumberge.

A complete list of presenters is available online.

For more information about the Minnesota Psychology Undergraduate Conference contact Gustavus Associate Professor of Psychology Marie Walker at 507-933-7412 or


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