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Rebecca Podell '10, Molly Randall '10 Recognized by MPA

Story posted November 12, 2009

Rebecca Podell '10 and Molly Randall '10 were awarded the Maine Psychological Association's Chuck Rothstein Award for Excellence at the MPA's annual meeting in Augusta November 6, 2009.

Podell and Randall presented a poster titled "Extracurricular Activities: Why Do Students Participate and What Do Students Gain?" In earning the Rothstein award, the poster was deemed the best of the undergraduate projects.

Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department Samuel Putnam says the students' research began in their Research in Developmental Psychology course last spring. The study investigated the development of college studentsí level of intellectual engagement, levels of involvement in extracurricular activities and motivation for participation in extracurricular activities.

Putnam says two other students, Meredith Borner '09 and Wyneiceia Hyman '09, also contributed to the study as part of the class. Read an abstract of the study.

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