Purdue University Survey

From the researchers:

In February of this year, NAE published a study entitled “Engineering Technology in the United States.” This document made several recommendations regarding further study with the intent of developing an understanding of students, their characteristics, academic progression beginning in grade school, and furthering our understanding of why different groups graduate at higher rates than others and issues encountered in the workplace.

We represent a subset of individuals interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education. The purpose of our committee is to further study the students and graduates from STEAM programs. Later we intend to perform follow up interviews to gain in depth understanding of those volunteering through this survey.

Please take a few minutes to provide us with important information to further our understanding of STEAM students. There is no identifying information collected (unless you volunteer for an interview at a later date), we do collect demographics only to study differences in responses based on gender, age, experiences.

The survey can be found at


(if you have graduated with a bachelor’s degree)



(if you are still working on your undergraduate degree).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our researchers:

Anne Lucietto, Ph.D.                                                  Elaine Cooney, Ph.D.

Purdue Polytechnic Institute                                        IUPUI

lucietto@purdue.edu                                                   eccooney@iupui.edu


Thank you for completing the survey and your support.

Am I Looking at the Right Degree Audit?

I thought now would be as good a time as any to remind people of some of the tips and tricks of checking your degree audits through U.Achieve. I’m going to make this a continuing series on the blog. The degree audit can be a confusing document, and I’d like to help make it easier for all of you to understand how it works. I’ll start off with a few frequently asked questions.

Why do I see a third Cultural Studies requirement?

If you see three categories under Cultural Studies (Western or Comparative Cultures, Non-Western Cultures, and U.S. Minority Cultures), then you are running your audit using a Fall 2018 Catalog Year. You don’t want to do that unless you will be a new freshman or transfer student in Fall 2018. Those students will need to complete one additional General Education requirement, but if you began studying at Illinois in Spring 2018 or before that, you only need to complete a Western or Comparative Cultures course and a Non-Western or U.S. Minority Cultures course.


What is my Catalog Year?

Your official Catalog Year is the year you matriculated at any college or university. This is usually set by your UIUC College when you begin studying here. However, in certain cases, you may need to run your degree audit using a different Catalog Year. Here are some of those cases:

 –If you are pursuing a concentration in Psychology

Clinical/Community, Organizational, Developmental, Behavioral Neuroscience, and        Cognitive Psychology all require a Catalog Year of Fall 2015 or later.

Social/Personality and General Psychology require a Catalog Year of Fall 2015-             Spring 2017. If your official Catalog Year is Fall 2017 or later, you cannot declare            either of these concentrations.

Cognitive Neuroscience, Diversity Science, Social Psychology, Personality                     Psychology, and Intradisciplinary Psychology all require a Catalog Year of Fall 2017       or later.

If you are checking your progress in a different major that has changed requirements   since you matriculated

– For example, you may have begun studying at a community college in Fall 2014,            but you want to declare a second major in Spanish at Illinois. That major changed          its requirements in 2017, so you would want to run your audit using a Fall 2017             Catalog Year.

As always, please e-mail or visit me or your ARO in the College of LAS to ask questions if you have trouble understanding your degree audit. We’re here to help!





The Psychology of Politics (FA18 Course)

The Psychology of Politics
PSYC 396 (Section CS)
Dr. Chadly Stern

Does a candidate’s gender influence whether people vote for them? Do liberals and conservatives have different motivations and goals? How do personality characteristics shape people’s attitudes toward hotly debated social issues, such as immigration and gun control? These questions all concern the psychology of politics in everyday life. Determining the psychological factors that drive politics has long stood as a central question in understanding human behavior, and remains so today. The Psychology of Politics will provide students with the foundation needed to successfully analyze the political world from a scientific perspective. This lecture-based course will be co-taught by a psychologist (Dr. Chadly Stern) and political scientist (Dr. Aleks Ksiazkiewicz), allowing students to gain skills in analyzing political issues from multiple perspectives.

Social Services Panel – Friday, April 6

Alumni Panel: Social Services

We’ve invited three former Psychology students to talk about their journey and their current professions.

Join us on Friday, April 6, at 4:00 pm in Room 142 Psychology Building for a panel discussion.

Rebecca DarrWINGS – providing a pathway to independence for people whose lives have been disrupted by domestic violence

Angela MartinCunningham Children’s Home

Susan NelsonIllinois Department of Children and Family Services

Mental Health Careers Panel – Monday, March 26

We’ve invited three former Psychology students (two undergrads and one grad) to talk about their journey and their current profession.

Join us on Monday, March 26, at 4:00 pm in Room 142 Psychology Building for a panel discussion.

Laura Faynor-Ciha, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Naperville, IL

                (BS Illinois ’83; MS Illinois State ’85; PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology ’95)

Jacquelyn Hines, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, McKinley Health Center, Urbana, IL

                (BS Illinois ’06; MS Indiana ’08; PhD, Counseling Psychology, Illinois ’13)

Beth Rom-Rymer, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Chicago, IL

                (BS Princeton ’73; MA Illinois ’80; PhD Illinois ’86)


First Friday Alumni Panel – Human Resources

How can I use my degree for a career in human resources?
Friday, February 2
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Room 142 Psychology Building

Alumni Panelists:
Eddie Bland, Learning & Development Coordinator, Empire Today

Alicia Canario, Strategic HR Business Leader

Kari Carpenter, Recruiting Operations, TwentyEighty

Lauren Hays, HR Director, Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center

Karen McLaughllin, HR Director, Carle Illinois College of Medicine

PSYC 290 Research Fair – Today!

Psychology Research (PSYC 290) Poster/Recruiting Fair

Tuesday, Jan. 23
4-5 pm
Atrium (first floor center section, Psychology Building)

Here are the labs who said they will be at the fair on Tuesday.  If you can’t make the event, feel free to contact the labs for more information about how to apply.

Informal informational event.  No resumes needed at event.

“How do I get involved in research?”

Attention and Perception

*Vision Lab – Alejandro Lleras and Simona Buetti Lleras –

*Virtual Reality Lab – France Wang – http://publish.illinois.edu/franceswang/



*The Personal Relationships, Interpersonal Stress, and Mindfulness (PRISM) lab –           Heidemarie Laurent – http://labs.psychology.illinois.edu/PRISMlab/



*The Language Acquisition Lab – Cindy Fisher – http://labs.psychology.illinois.edu/lalab/



*The Culture and Social Behavior Lab – Dov Cohen

*Social Action Lab – Dolores Albarracin – https://www.socialactionlab.org/