by: Katie Lastrapes and Erin McBrady
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Travel Award helped our team lessen the financial burden of attending the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) conference, which was an invaluable experience for all of us. At SEPA, we had the opportunity to present research in poster sessions, attend interesting lectures, and learn about fascinating research being done by students and professors from all over the southeast. Attending conferences like SEPA enhances our overall understanding of the research process because it affords us the opportunity to practice presenting our work and conversing with faculty and fellow students. These unique learning opportunities make us stronger students and researchers. We both hope to attend graduate school in the future, and the research and presentation experience we gained are integral to making us well-rounded candidates. At SEPA, we gained exposure to all areas of psychology that might be of interest for future graduate school research. Overall, we all learned a lot and had a wonderful time at the conference.