USC Psychology Research Congress 2018

Pavlov advised passion in one’s scientific work, recognizing that science is a full-time commitment to a life of the mind. “If you had two lives that would be not enough for you”

(Pavlov, 1936, p. 369)

The Research Congress was hosted by one of the Graduate student/Psychology Faculty, Kevin Ken Remedio and an Undergraduate student of the 2018 batch

If the title isn’t speaking enough, according to their facebook page, 

“The Psychology Research Congress is an outlet for starting researchers to communicate their study to the scientific community. This is an event that caters to undergraduate students in the Philippines who are looking for outlets to present their research papers.” 

Held at University of San Carlos – Michael Richartz Conference Center

Hopefully, you’re not strict enough about my copy + paste description since this is a blog not a research paper, don’t try to correct my citation skills. Anyway, we were privileged enough that our own school founded a psychology research congress in Cebu where everyone from the undergraduates could share, present and explain different research questions and topics they chose to tackle on. The event is not only exclusive for the students of USC but researchers from other schools were also invited, including presenters from Luzon and Mindanao schools flew here to Cebu just to participate in the event. Surprisingly, there was also a chance for some of the Graduate students to present their current researches which were welcomed by the students as well. The morning session was mainly fot the Quantitative papers while the afternoon is solely for Qualitative papers.

If your classroom for Psyc110x is at PE34TC and your professor is someone you’re not supposed to call “Sir” but Bre, then you know he’s the master of outdoor classroom, 2xplore and GTKY. The event obviously started with the classic Getting To Know You activity which is perfect for extrovert people and dreadful for the introvert ones, but still it is a fun activity especially for first timers. 

The Psychology Research Congress is also a chance for the USC Psychology research students to be awarded as best thesis for that school year. Every research professor are allowed to nominate 3 quantitative and 3 qualitative research papers from the classes they handle to be included in the selection of the top thesis. As what I heard, they will only base it on the Abstract of the paper and will undergo to a double blind trial to avoid biases. 

We were fortunate enough to be nominated, so we were given these Presenter IDs, a free morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, and the Book of Abstracts. I’m not sure if the Book of Abstracts is also given to non presenters.  Also, I think the top 3 with the highest grade papers will be presenting orally while the rest of the nominated papers will have poster presentation. 

Here are some of the research questions/topics presented orally at the event:

Research paper from Southwestern University PHINMA, Cebu City
Research paper from University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Research paper from University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Research paper from University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Research paper from Saint Mary’s University, Nueva Vizcaya
Research paper from St. Theresa’s College, Cebu City
Research from University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Research paper from University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Research paper from University of San Carlos, Cebu City
Graduate Research Presentation 
Graduate Research Presentation

So far, most of the papers were interesting and clearly written and explained but some were disappointing because they only have limited time to present but they didn’t took the chance to go straight to the point, then some of them doesn’t make sense maybe because of the variables and the research question they were trying to answer doesn’t match. But it was indeed a very informative congress.

Every after sessions (morning and afternoon session), the presenters were asked to be on the stage so students could ask questions regarding their study. 

The last part of the event is the awarding of the Best Thesis for this school year. 

With my thesismates and Adviser, Khael Quinain, PhD

Death in a Glass Bubble

We really appreciate the way some of the professors in psychology department made each and everyone feel as if we gained and deserved the best thesis award after all the effort of sticking our noses from one research study to the next. I don’t know if you noticed but the certificates they gave gives no indication whether you are the top 10 or top 1, it just says you’re selected as best thesis. And I have to agree, they wouldn’t have chosen those papers if they weren’t the great already. 

This is our very own research topic, the experience of loss among individuals with Autism.
Our research paper is a qualitative study that uses the method Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Ups and downs with these people. We never argue about the paper, we argued only when we baked cookies while doing the paper. xx

I also think that our adviser deserves a small part of this post (just a teeny tiny part) because he definitely is a good mentor and adviser. He just knows how to push you enough when you’re all but lazy asses who doesn’t make a move until you’re given a certain deadline, but he also knows when to lift your spirits when you’re paper is too messy or too empty, and he also knows to teach humility, to keep our feet on the ground whenever we get a little complacent. Our adviser taught me that effort does not always equate with productivity, breakthroughs happen when you let your mind breathe as well. 

We started with tons of research questions (some doesn’t even make sense),  5 major sentence outline, then it actually became a one whole paper that we could revisit and continue writing about if we choose to. It was a good school year indeed. 

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