Two Southwest Baptist University students attended the Great Plains Student Psychology Convention held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, March 21-22. Emily Gilmore of Poplar Bluff, Mo., is the daughter of David and Jamie Gilmore. Jewell Wonnell of Kansas City, Mo., is the daughter of Mark and Amy Sullenger. Both students are psychology majors and members of SBU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society for psychology majors.
Gilmore also presented at the convention, winning a first place award for her research presentation based on her internship with the Polk County Drug Court and her Honors Program capstone project. The title of her presentation was “The Effect of Educational Level and Completion on Program Graduation and Longevity in PCDC Clients.”
“The convention was a really great experience,” Gilmore said. “There were a lot of interesting and well-done presentations and it was an honor to get first place in my session.”
Wonnell also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the convention and support her friend as she won her award.
“This conference had many interesting discussions categorized in broad topics, which while being academic was also entertaining,” said Wonnell. “I was also so excited for Emily to earn first place in her division. SBU should be honored to be represented by her!”
Dr. Shelley Kilpatrick, chair of the department of behavioral sciences and professor of psychology, is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi and also has advised Gilmore on her Honors capstone project. She encourages students like Gilmore and Wonnell to attend conferences and get involved in professional development opportunities.
“Attending professional conferences is part of professional development for our students. Presenting at professional conferences is even better,” Kilpatrick said. “Students have the opportunity to research a topic of interest to them and share it with those who will be their peers when they complete their education. It is also excellent preparation for graduate work.”
For more information about SBU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences, please contact Kilpatrick at (417) 328-1735 or skilpatrick@SBUniv.edu.