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)
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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.