When you combine honors projects, research assistants, and in-class research, there were literally hundreds of psychology students working on original research this year. That translated into approximately 70 research projects, and around 40 conference presentations at the Academic Excellence Symposium, Midwestern Psychological Association, Posters in the Rotunda, and elsewhere.
Those conference presentations mark research that’s already out in circulation and influencing future work. To build on that, though, at least some of those projects will likely be written up and submitted for publication. Make no mistake about it, the research that students did this year was not just a good experience for them, it is legitimate science that has and will inform future work in the field.