ELPN, Autism, Sexual Assault Research to be Presented at Competition

The annual poster competition allows graduate students to present their work to lay audiences before applying for publication and presentation in their industries.

Graduate students in a variety of disciplines at Texas Tech University will present their work Friday (March 25) at the 15th annual Graduate Student Research Poster Competition.

The competition gives students an opportunity to explain their research to a non-specialized, lay audience and is open to the community. Judges from Texas Tech and Lubbock will rank the posters, and winners will receive scholarships to present their research at an industry conference.

This year a number of students studied topics of interest to the Lubbock community, including collaborations with the East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood (ELPN), the far-reaching effects of sexual assault and more.

  • Using families who are part of the ELPN Family Academy, human development and family studies student Amy Cox found low-income children are significantly delayed on language development and thus are less prepared to begin school.
  • HDFS student Andrea Parker found parents in the ELPN Family Academy were more likely to understand the importance of their roles as teachers and nurturers after a parenting class.
  • Experimental psychology student Mindi Price tested the difference in reaction between elderly people who read a news story about negative cognitive effects of aging and their peers who read a story about positive cognitive effects of aging.
  • Charity Embley, an education graduate student, used the life of a sexual assault survivor to describe how, despite sincere efforts to gain an education, survivors may be held back because of a lack of recognition that sexual assault affects learning ability.
  • Educational psychology student Christy Chapman studied the frequency of anxiety and related symptoms among children with autism spectrum disorder and the need for caregivers to have a better method of assessment.

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CONTACT: Carleigh Smith, event co-coordinator, Graduate School, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5356 or carleigh.smith@ttu.edu or Jeannie Bennett, event co-coordinator, Graduate School, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8282 or jeannie.bennett@ttu.edu


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