2018 Tri-State Undergraduate
Psychology Research Conference

28th Annual Tri-State
Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference

was held at
Saturday, November 10, 2018


Keynote Speaker
Dr. Melinda Heinz, Ph.D.
Do psychosocial theories of aging still apply to extreme longevity? ” 

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Schedule of Events

28th Annual Tristate Undergraduate
Psychology Research Conference


Saturday, November 10, 2014

Loras College
Alumni Campus Center Ballrooms


Schedule of Events

Time Event Location
8:00-8:30AM Registration Alumni Campus Center (ACC)
8:30-8:55AM Welcome Ballroom A&B, ACC
9:00-9:50AM Careers in Psychology Ballroom A&B, ACC
9:50-10:00AM Psychology Entertainment Ballroom A&B, ACC
10:00-10:50AM Preparing for Graduate School Ballroom A&B, ACC
10:50-11:00AM Break
11:00AM-12:00PM Keynote Address Ballroom A&B, ACC
12:00-1:00PM Lunch
1:00-2:30PM Graduate School Fair Ballroom A&B, ACC
1:00-1:45PM Poster Session I Ballroom A&B, ACC
1:45-2:30PM Poster Session II Ballroom A&B, ACC



Historical Timeline

History of the Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference


  • 1991, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, keynote by Charles J. Meliska, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Hormones, Arousal, and Mood in Male and Female Smokers.
  • 1992, UW-Platteville, keynote by Janet Shibley Hyde, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychology and Gender Differences.
  • 1993, Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, keynote by Christopher Coe, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Psychoneuroimmunology: An Old Idea Whose Time Has Come.
  • 1994, Rockford College, keynote by Morton Gernsbacher, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, What Cognitive Psychology Can Tell Us About Language.
  • 1995, Rockford College, keynote by Jerre Levy, Ph.D., University of Chicago, The Two Brains of Adam and Eve.
  • 1996, UW-Platteville, keynote by Stephen Nowicki, Ph.D., Emory University, Theoretical and Practical Implications of an Inability to Process Nonverbal Information.?
  • 1997, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, keynote by Dr. Steven Anderson, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Human Brain Mapping B Advances in the Neuropsychology of Cognition and Emotion.
  • 1998, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, keynote by Arthur Glenberg, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Beginnings of a Revolution: New Approaches to Meaning.
  • 1999, Rockford College, keynote by? Joel Milner, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, Child Physical Abuse Risk Factors: A Review of Offender Characteristics.
  • 2000, UW- Platteville, keynote by John Westefeld, Ph.D., University of Iowa, College Student Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention.
  • 2001, Augustanta College, keynote by Bill Gehring, Ph.D., University of Michigan, The Monitoring Functions of the Medial Frontal Cortex: A Rush to Judgement?.
  • 2002, Loras College, keynote by Patricia Devine, Ph.D., UW-Madison, Profiles in Prejudice.
  • 2003, Rockford College, keynote by Gill Clary, Ph.D., The College of St. Catherine, The Psychology of Volunteering: The Theory and Practice of Community Service.
  • 2004, UW-Platteville, keynote by Gary Wells, Ph.D., Iowa State University, Eyewitness Identification: A Contribution of Psychological Science to Criminal Justice.
  • 2005, Coe College, keynote by Steven W. Anderson, Ph.D.,
    University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine: Brain Basis of Psychopathology: Clues from Developmental Neuroscience
  • 2006, Loras College, keynote by Colleen F. Moore, Ph.D., UW-Madison, Why Pollution Matters for Children’s Psychological Development.
  • 2007Rockford College, keynote by Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D., DePaul University, Procrastination Platteville, keynote by David Myers, Ph.D., Hope College, The Powers and Perils of Intuition. : A Way of Life.
  • 2008UW‐Platteville, keynote by David Myers, Ph.D., Hope College, The Powers and Perils of Intuition
  • 2009Augustana College, keynote by John J. Skowronski, Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, There and Back Again: Journeys on the Road of Psychological Science. 
  • 2010Loras College, keynote by Britain Scott, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, Getting Psyched for Sustainability: The Why and How of Doing Green Psychology Research.
  • 2011 Rockford College, keynote by Patricia A. Graczyk, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago, Moving from Research to Practice in Children’s Mental Health.
  • 2012 UW-Platteville, keynote by Yuri Miyamoto, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Understanding the Socio-cultural Groundings of Cognition and Emotion
  • 2013 Coe College, keynote by Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diverse Brains
  • 2014 Loras College, keynote by Randall Larsen, Ph.D., Washington University, The Psychology of Happiness
  • 2015 Rockford University, keynote by Dan McAdams, Ph.D., Northwestern University, The Story of Your Life
  • 2016 UW-Platteville, keynote by Nancy Steblay, Ph.D., Augsburg College, The Science of Eyewitness Memory
  • 2017 Coe College, Jan Wessel, Ph.D., University of Iowa, Neural Processing of Surprising Events and their Effects on Behavior and Cognition
  • 2018 Loras College, Melinda Heinz, Ph.D., Upper Iowa University “Do Psychosocial Theories of Aging still Apply to Extreme Longevity?”
Lunch Options

Dining Recommendations


All participants are welcome to eat lunch on campus in either the cafeteria (special reduced conference rate, $6) or in the Pub (purchase items individually: sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers, etc.).

If you are interested in eating off-campus, here are a few recommendations.
Ask any of the Loras representatives for directions.

Adobo’s (burrito bar), 756 Main St., (563) 556-4407

Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream 1094 University Ave., (563) 556-0823

Jitterz Coffee & Café (paninis, sandwiches, soup, coffee bar), 1073 Main Street, (563) 557-3838

Los Aztecas (Mexican), 2700 Dodge St., (563) 584-0212

Magoo’s Pizza 1875 University Ave, (563) 845-0604

Oolong Asian Cuisine 145 W. 11th St., (563) 239-1019

Salsa’s (Mexican) 1091 Main Street, (563) 588-2880

7 Hill’s Brewing Co. 1085 Washington St. (563) 587-8306

Hotel Information

Hotel Information


  • Holiday Inn, 450 Main St., (563) 556-2000

On Highway 20/Dodge St.

  • Best Western, 3100 Dodge St., (563) 557-8000
  • Fairfield Inn, 3400 Dodge St., (563) 588-2349
  • Motel 6, 2670 Dodge St., (563) 556-0880
  • Super 8 Motel, 2730 Dodge St., (563) 582-8898
  • Hampton Inn, 3434 Dodge St., (563) 690-2005

There are a large number of hotels in the area and most are within approximately 10 minutes of campus. A number of guests have found good deals on the Internet.


Participant Registration Form

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Graduate School Representative Registration Form

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Poster & Abstract Submission Form

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