The Cailfornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona's Department of Psychology and Sociology  held the 9th Lowell Overton Undergraduate Symposium on April 20, 2018. This year's symposium was attended by approximately 80  student and faculty attendees. Our colleagues and our benefactor, Mr. Lowell Overton, an alumnus of our department, served in different capacities as master of ceremony, moderators, mentors, and attendees. This year's symposium fielded twenty speakers overall: fourteen psychology students and six sociology students presented their talks over a three hour period. This year's symposium also saw nine poster presenters.  

Psychology Oral Presenters (in order of appearance)

Tamy May Lin, Cassandra Aguirre, Selena Sigala, Anna Liu, Julia Lozano Ceja, Mahdi Sarsak, Shea 
Duarte, Beverly Cotter, Elizabeth Maciel, Julissa Loza Mendez, Cloe Zeidan, Teresa Hoang, Garland Dyer, and Andrew Yi

Sociology Oral Presenters (in order of appearance)

Olivia Shaw, Veronica Aguilar, Lynn Wells, Janice Vu, Lydia Lopez and Rafif Khandker

Poster Presenters

Michael Ramirez, Elizabeth Garibay, Cintia Alaniz, Kezia Obasi, Kimia Saadatian, Danesha Coleman Ariga Aghajanian, Chabelli Bianca D. Rebaldo and  Nguyen P. Nguyen

Participating Mentors 

Drs. Kevin Autry, Mary Danico, Jack Fong, Juliana Fuqua, Sara Langford, Alex Morales, Erica Morales, Anja
na Narayan, Anthony Ocampo, Gabriele Plickert, Eleonora Rossi, Felicia Friendly Thomas  and Faye Wachs

Our department chair, Dr. Horner, began the symposium by welcoming the attendees as well as introducing our important benefactor, Lowell Overton, President of RealMega.Com and Broker for Coldwell Banker. As a former graduate of Cal-Poly Pomona, Mr. Overton recounted his development at our university as well as his ability to harness the behavioral sciences to become a highly significant figure in the real estate industry. Mr. Overton's talk inspired our audience and the symposium presenters about the possibilities of empowerment through the social sciences. Certificates were then presented to our student participants, with the ceremony's conclusion signalling the beginning of the symposium in earnest. Mr. Overton's generosity in supporting our symposium was further enhanced by his attendance at our presenters' talks and poster presentations. We are very grateful that Mr. Overton has taken time from his busy schedule to attend our event as well as serve as a continuing benefactor for future symposia organized by our department.   A very special thank you goes to our department staff Leticia Keenan, Jeanette Huyler, and Diane Slusser. Their efforts have been invaluable in making this year's symposium flow smoothly. Without their dedicated assistance with the logistics of attending to food provisions, the printing of posters, managing the configuration of rooms, as well as ensuring whatever supplies that were needed were available, this year's symposium would not have succeed.

Finally, without the students' dedication to knowledge and its dissemination, along with their intellect, professionalism, and curiosity, this symposium would not have taken place. We are thoroughly impressed by their efforts and commitment to their disciplines.  Additionally, the students that attended deserve commendations as well since their ability to be part of an inquisitive audience adds greatly to the dynamic of the event. Thank you to all of you. A special thanks goes to Franklin Trinh, AKD member, who  photographed the event for this webpage. In the following pages, speech presenters' photographs will be displayed along with the titles of their talks. Photographs of our luncheon area where poster presenters were stationed are also included. 

Aside from being sociology students in our department, many students are also members of the sociology international honor society Alpha Kappa Delta. Their members participated in this symposium.
Aside from being psychology students in our departmentm many studentsare also members of the psychology international honor society Psi Chi. Their members participated in this symposium.

Previous symposia can be seen in the links below:

2012 3rd Lowell Overton Undergraduate Research Symposium 

2013 4th Lowell Overton Undergraduate Research Symposium 

2014 5th Lowell Overton Undergraduate Research Symposium

2015 6th Lowell Overton Undergraduate Research Symposium

2016 7th Lowell Overton Undergraduate Research Symposium

2017 8th Lowell Overton Undergraduate Research Symposium

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