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2004 Summer Science Institute Held at Vanderbilt University

The students, who represented large and small colleges and universities across the nation, gathered in Nashville to learn from a distinguished group of faculty members.

For nine days in June, 32 talented undergraduate students had the great pleasure to get their feet wet in scientific psychology with the faculty at Vanderbilt University as their guides.

The students, who represented large and small colleges and universities across the nation, gathered in Nashville to learn from a distinguished group of faculty members. Tim McNamara, then-chair of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science, and Kathy Hoover-Dempsey, chair of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody College, played key roles in the wonderful reception of the SSI program. Faculty who served as lecturers included Joanne Bachorowski, Joe Lappin, Andrew Rossi, Meg Saylor, and Georgene Troseth. Lab faculty mentors were Bruce Compas, Dan Levin, Gordon Logan, Tim McNamara, Julia Noland, Meg Saylor, Jeff Schall, and David Zald. The students were assigned to labs where they performed research projects through the week, giving detailed reports to the group at week's end.

Two remarkable graduate students, Kerstin Blomquist and Eban Walters, gave our SSI students guidance, mentoring, and friendship, and were stalwart supporters of the APA Institute leaders, Virginia Holt and Brett Pelham.

In addition to the remarkable amount of mental stimulation, the students found themselves playing many games of Texas Hold'em poker, seeing the sights of Nashville, dancing on the General Jackson showboat cruise, and in non-stop conversation with one another.

SSI students for 2004 were: Sarah Ahlfs, College of St. Benedict; Shante' Bassett, Loyola College in Maryland; Sarah Becker, Barnard College; Emily Breidbart, Cornell University; Alissa Catiis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Fumiyuki Chin, University of Maryland, College Park; Sarah Cruce, Bradley University; Natalia Escobar, University of California, Berkeley; Heather Fulton, Queens University; Karla Gomez, St. Peter's College; Virgil Griffith, University of Alabama; Jennifer Guadagno, Pepperdine University; Ranwa Hammamy, St. Mary's College of Maryland; James Head, Santiago Canyon College; Elizabeth Johnson, Carleton College; Chris Knight, University of California, Davis; Josh Marshack, Washington University in St. Louis; Brian Mathias, Carnegie Mellon University; Heather Mueller, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Albee Ongsuco, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Leroy Scott, Livingstone College; Katherine Slager, Warren-Wilson College; Luke Stasi, College of DuPage; Katherine Steele, Harvard University; Vanessa Tendick, Catholic University; Joye' Thomas, Spelman College; Scott Thompson, Stanford University; Lee Valentyn, Carroll College, Wisconsin; Alan Webb, University of Virginia; Angela White, University of Texas, San Antonio; Sarah Yager, University of British Columbia; Jessica Zina, Regis College.

The SSI will return to Vanderbilt for its 2005 session. Announcements and program information will be available in November 2004.