Highlands Psychology and Sociology Poster Session Leads to Future Research and Scholarships


Highlands College and Montana Tech students participated in a poster session presenting individual classroom projects in Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Sociology during the first week in November. Students shared quantitative analysis with descriptive statistics as they explained topics relating to mindfulness, stress, anxiety, and social science. Mrs. Stephanie Cook, Chancellor Cook’s wife, attended the psychological science poster session, listening and asking students questions about their presentations. She said, “The students provided interesting topics with enthusiasm, and it was wonderful to hear about their intent to apply for research scholarships and conduct research in the future.”

Stepahnie Cook at Highlands CollegeFive introductory coursework students are discussing plans for future research. Three of the future researchers, hope to work on a RAMP scholarship Spring 2020: Baylie Philllips, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry major, Nathan Leazer, Associate of Applied Science, Civil Engineering Technology – Surveying major, and Ashley Tracy, Associate of Science major. The RAMP scholarship would be applied for and mentored by Dr. Elyse Lovell. The intent of RAMP scholarships are to create team research projects for freshman and sophomore students. Additionally, two students, Garret Miller, Humanities and Social Sciences major, and Ciera Schwarz, Associate of Science major, plan to work on a study about non-traditional aged students, which will be a partnered research project between Dr. Lovell and Dr. Marilyn Lockhart, from Montana State University, and Dr. Lockhart’s graduate students in the Adult Education department.

“I am proud of our Introduction to Psychology and Sociology students’ work,” said Highlands College Dean, Dave Gurchiek. “It is impressive, to hear about our two-year students’ dedication and interests to conduct research.”

For any further information about this issue or any issue pertaining to Montana Tech or Highlands College, please contact Amanda Badovinac at 406-496-4828 or Dave Gurchiek at 406-496-3714.