Category: Undergraduate

Psychology Ambassador: Hannah Karaniemi

In her free time, Hannah Karaniemi creates art, plays her ukulele, and bakes sweet treats. At Michigan Tech, she is involved in the Psi Chi International Honor Society, the Association of Psychology Students, IRHC Broomball, and the Health Occupation Students of America organization. She also serves as an ambassador of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to help guide new students and as a statistics lab instructor. Other than her educational experiences at Tech, Hannah has worked for the Center for Pre-College outreach as a student coordinator for the Summer Youth Programs.

She believes the psychology program offers endless opportunities. With the help of the extraordinary staff in the department, she was able to conduct research as an undergraduate student and participate in a cooperative education program with the manufacturing company Kimberly-Clark. The program has prepared her for her future in the field of psychology and has allowed her to pursue a well-rounded education.


Psychology Ambassador: Tyrell Buckley

Tyrell Buckley is a student-athlete at Michigan Tech as a member of the hockey team. Sports have always been a strong of passion of his, as he grew up playing many different sports before focusing strictly on hockey. He wishes to continue to have sports in his life in the future, whether it be by still playing hockey or working with athletes in some way. He likes to go hiking in the summer and enjoys wakesurfing and jet skiing on the lake in his hometown. For several years, he has worked at a hockey school during the summers as a power skating instructor in Penticton and has enjoyed coaching kids.

Being a part of the Psychology program at Michigan Tech has been a great experience for Tyrell because he has developed great relationships with his classmates and professors in the department. He has felt very supported throughout his time here and attributes a lot of his success in the classroom to the professors that have taught him. “Their methods of teaching material for various courses and the opportunity they give students to participate in real studies to further learn in a hands-on way has helped me find areas of psychology that are particularly interesting to me,” he says. He has had an excellent experience in the Research Methods class conducting his own research that focused on the effects of mindfulness and pre-game rituals on self-reported confidence. He thinks that this was a great opportunity to work on using all the methods needed to conduct research and learn the skills that are needed to present his results effectively to fellow professors and students in the Psychology program.


Spring 2021 Course

Skills for Health and Resilience (PSY 1100) will be offered for the Spring 2021 semester. Learn to utilize skills — including mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance — in a manner that provides a healthy foundation to successful navigation of life’s challenges. Gain and apply physical and cognitive skills for reducing anxiety, improving relationships, and building resilience.


Kayla Conn receives CLS Department Scholar Award

MTU Junior, Kayla Conn, was selected by CLS as the 2020 Department Scholar. Kayla is a Psychology major, minoring in Global Community Development. Academically, Kayla strives to excel in her coursework, has strong teamwork skills, and demonstrates a curiosity and depth of understanding that we strive for our students to obtain.

Kayla has participated in two internships thus far. She served as an intern at the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Domestic Violence Shelter in Calumet, where she was trained in answering the domestic violence crisis line, lead child care and group therapy sessions, and ensured clients’ needs were met while residing at the shelter. She is currently an intern at Counseling Services, assisting with event planning and implementation. In addition, Kayla has been offered a paid internship this summer with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Kayla is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Council (Executive Board member 2019-2020), a Student Ambassador for the College of Sciences and Arts, and a Young Women Leaders Program Mentor.

Congratulations Kayla!

To see the full virtual awards ceremony, click here.


Psychology Research Methods 2020 Poster Conference Zooms Out!

Congratulations to Michigan Tech’s psychology students who presented their original research posters today to CLS faculty and graduate students…over Zoom! (That’s a first!)

The research, which students worked on all semester, covered a range of topics from personality to human factors, decision making to well-being.
Great job Huskies!

“The Effect of Mindfulness within Pre-Game Rituals on Self-Reported Confidence and the Acute Effects of Mindfulness on Present State of Well-Being” by Emilie Jacques and Tyrell Buckley.

“The Effects of Priming with Informative Videos on Likelihood to Report Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder by Ashley Van Handel, Erin Casey, and Emily Wisz.

“The Effects of Gamer Status and Gender on Impulsivity in Decisions and Thoughts” by Mariah Clement.

“The Effect of Word List Length on False Memory Generation Using the Deese-Roediger-McDermott Paradigm” by Alex Pippenger

“Impact of Self-Esteem on Levels of Regret in Action-Inaction Decision Scenarios” by Brooke C. Poyhonen.


Farewell Dr. Stacy!

Dr. Stacy and students

The Association of Psychology Students hosted a farewell party for Dr. Peter Stacy on December 12. Known for his sweet tooth, students and staff made sure cake, cookies, and hot chocolate were on hand.  Dr. Stacy worked for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for 30 years prior to joining CLS in 2006. When comparing his 13 years with CLS to his previous career, Dr. Stacy believes his biggest impact has been with the students here at Michigan Tech.

“Dr. Peter Stacy has been one of the most wonderful people I have ever had the privilege to work with. His teaching is amazing; award winning in fact. Our students love him, and he cares very much about our students’ futures. As an adjunct faculty, he worked just as hard as a full-timer! For the past 13 years we have had the honor of working with Peter in his “second career” and will always consider him part of our family.”-Susan Amato-Henderson, Department Chair

Faculty and staff also took the opportunity during the party to recognize the 5 psychology students graduating at the end of the Fall semester.  Graduates were given gift bags with items to commemorate their time here at CLS. Once again, congratulations to the following students:

Elis Brehob
Adam Dodge
Hali Evans
Rose Hildebrandt
Caden Sumner


Psychology Students Named University Innovation Fellows

Congratulations to Abigail Kuehne (Psychology and Communication, Culture, and Media/ Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors ’21), Sam Raber (Psychology ’22), Lindsay Sandell (Biomedical Engineering ’21), and Gary Tropp (Computer Network and System Administration ’22), who have been named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). This global program trains student leaders to create new opportunities for their peers to engage with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and creativity.

Michigan Tech’s team of University Innovation Fellows support student interests, create an ecosystem for innovation, and encourage environmentally sustainable practices on campus. They aim to preserve a culture of inclusion, encourage creativity and self-authorship, and help students create lasting connections. Current UIF proposals include a university-sanctioned gap year program, updates to campus wellness opportunities, student ambassador programs, and creating a space to reduce waste and encourage students to share and reuse common school items.

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Psychology Undergraduate Honored as Departmental Scholar

At the end of each academic year, each department nominates one student to represent them as their Departmental Scholar. The Provost’s Award for Scholarship is given to a senior who best represents student scholarship at Michigan Tech. This outstanding student is considered excellent not only by academic standards, but also for participation in research scholarship activity, levels of intellectual curiosity, creativity, and communication skills.

This year, the Departmental Scholar award was given to psychology undergraduate student Hannah Kariniemi. Hannah may only be finishing her second year but has already accomplished a lot. She has achieved Junior status with an impressive GPA of 3.64 overall and 3.7 in the Major. Dr. Veinott who has Hannah in the Research Methods II course says “Hannah is motivated and diligent to chase down problems and figure them out”. She is also interning at the 97th Regional Treatment court and doing research with Dr. Amato-Henderson. Dr. Amato-Henderson says she hopes to guide Hannah through writing a manuscript to be submitted for publication. Hannah has also recently been inducted into Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology) and is also active in the Association for Psychology Students (APS). It is amazing how quickly Hannah is advancing here and she plans to continue in graduate school where she will continue working toward clinical psychology with an emphasis on judicial corrections and community health. Congratulations Hannah!

 


Students Inducted into the National Honor Society in Psychology

IMG_8054The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences inducted seven new members into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology: Glory Creed, Elizabeth Kelliher, Abigail Kuehne, Mariah Sherman, Kay Tislar, Samantha Verran, and Kira Warner. The induction ceremony took place at the Harold Meese Center on Sunday, December 3.  The Michigan Tech Chapter of Psi Chi is led by Halie Hart (President) and Caden Sumner (Treasurer) and advised by Dr. Kelly Steelman.