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Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference

2015 will mark the 50th year in which the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC) has been held.  MUPC is the oldest undergraduate psychology conference in the United States.  The conference provides a forum for the presentation of original research, applications, and conceptual papers by undergraduates in psychology from around the state and surrounding areas.  Since 1980, Bemidji State psychology students have made a major contribution to the conference.  In that time, BSU students have presented 41% of all of the papers presented by Minnesota State University students and have made more total presentations than any other public institution.  BSU hosted the conference in 1983, with Dr. John Conger (past president of the American Psychological Association) as the keynote speaker and in 2005, with Dr. Ed Donnerstein (University of Arizona) as the keynote speaker.

We hope that you can attend the next MUPC!
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Macalester College


On April 26, 2014, the 49th annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference was held at Bethel University.  Twelve Bemidji State University psychology students attended and made presentations along with Drs. Laurie Desiderato, Keith Gora, & Richard Hook.  As can be seen, the Bemidji State University students presented eight papers on topics ranging from classroom cell phone use and positive mood induction to sustainability related behavior change.  Dr. Angus MacDonald III (University of Minnesota) gave the keynote address, “Stumbling into the Brain: Applying Watson's ‘Rules for Success’ to a Career in Cognitive Neuroscience.”

Hackler, Jennifer.  Positive mood induction with depictions of harm.

Maurice, Samuel.  Cell phone use in the classroom: Attitudes, personality, and problem use.

Mausbach, Ellie.  Using heart rate as a measure of attention: A replication study.

Meierhofer, Jessica.  Personality trait differences amongst eating disorder subtypes.    

Sandquist, Katie.  Using injunctive norms to decrease student printing.

Sandquist, Katie; & Walters, Christopher.  For here or to go: Reducing waste in the dining hall.

Sobieck, Jacob; Sornsen, Katie; & Westphal, Josh.  Coaching style effects on mood.

Henzler, Hillary; Gangl, Kyle; Hawley, Katie; Schwan, Mackenzie Jarvi; Meierhofer, Jess; Weidner, Ashleigh; & Westphal, Josh.  The relationship between self-appraisal and cognitive effort: A study using heart rate measures of attention in a memory task.

Scenes from 2013 MUPC