Indiana Students and Teachers of Psychological Science Conference

A conference dedicated to the professional development and mentorship of psychology students and teachers.

September 29, 2017

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The second annual Indiana Students and Teachers of Psychological Science (ISTOPS) conference will include a nationally recognized Psychologist as keynote speaker; symposia and discussions related to the teaching of psychological science, careers in psychology, and applications of psychological science; teaching demonstrations by high school teachers; brief research presentations ("data blitzes") by undergraduate students; poster presentations by undergraduate students; and mentor luncheons for high school and undergraduate students.

Conference Goals
  • For all attendees: Our goal is to highlight the scientific nature and many applications of Psychological Science.
  • For teachers: Our goal is to facilitate the development and dissemination of best teaching practices.
  • For students: Our goal is to provide knowledge about the sub disciplines of and opportunities to pursue careers in Psychology and to familiarize students with Psychological research.
Cost and Registration
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  • $15 for high school and college students.
  • $30 high school teachers and college professors.

Registration deadline:

September 15, 2017
*Late Registration available on-site on the day of the conference


ISTOPS combines the Showcasing Psychological Science and Pedagogy (SPSP) Conference to promote Psychological Science, share best teaching practices, and establish networks among collegiate and high school teachers and students started in 2015 with the Indiana High School Psychology Teachers Association (IHSPTA) annual, one-day conference, previously hosted by Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI), for high school psychology teachers in Indiana to sharpen their pedagogical skills, share teaching techniques, and develop relationships with their peers.


8-8:50 a.m.: Library 1st floor
  • Registration
  • Meet and greet with all attendees
  • Continental breakfast
9-9:50 a.m.: MU Theatre
  • Welcome: Daniel .J. Elsener, President of Marian University
  • Keynote Speaker: Ben Motz, Senior Lecturer, Director of Pedagogy, Indiana University
10-10:50 a.m.: Marian Hall classrooms
Teacher Track:

Teaching Psychology Standard 1 – Marian Hall

History-Scientific Methods:
Amanda Harmon, Zionsville Community High School and Laurel Camp, Dept. of Psychological Science, Marian University

Student Track:

Career Success: Marian Hall classrooms

High School students: Transition to college and the psychology major

Undergraduate students: Transition to psychology related jobs and graduate school

11-11:50 a.m.: Marian Hall classrooms
Teacher Track:

Teaching Psychology Standard 2 – Marian Hall

Biological basis:
Bethany Neal-Beliveau – Dept. of Psychology, IUPUI and Phil Leswing, Greenfield Central High School

Student Track:

Subfields of Psychology – Marian Hall

Focused on everyday applications of recent research in various subfields Helping: Clinical, Counseling, Social Work
Applied: Industrial/Organizational, Sport Psych, Developmental, Behavioral Interventions
Research: Social, Cognitive Science, Behavioral Neuroscience

Noon-1:20 p.m.: Marian Hall classrooms, Allison Mansion
Teacher Track:

Lunch noon-12:30 p.m. - Marian Hall

Lesson Demonstrations 12:30-1:20pm - Marian Hall
High school teachers and college faculty will engage in discussions and classrooms demonstrations concerning the teaching of psychological topics.

Student Track:

Student Mentor Luncheon - Allison Mansion Overlook

Students will eat lunch with a psychology mentor from the local community including applied psychologists, research psychologists, psychology professors, and scientist-practitioner counselors and clinician. After 30 minutes, selected mentors will briefly describe their positions and job responsibilities in a panel discussion format.

1:30-2 p.m.: MU Theatre
  • Data Blitz: Undergraduate Student Research Presentations:
    Undergraduate psychology students will present their own research (approximately five minutes each). The presenters will introduce a research question. then describe the study design, results, and conclusions using no more than four PowerPoint slides. These brief presentations provide attendees with a quick overview of the latest developments and methods used within psychological science. As the intent is to encourage students within the audience to conduct their own research, strong preference wil I be given to students presenting their own research rather than the research of a faculty supervisor.
2-2:50 p.m.: Library
  • Undergraduate research project posters and Teacher activity exchange and discussion tables: Research poster submissions should include appropriate background literature, methodology, and data analysis and interpretation for consideration. Teacher activity exchange and discussion tables will provide a forum for instructors and students to interact informally about teaching, share relevant materials and ideas, and discuss empirically supported methods


ben motz

Ben Motz

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Director of Pedagogy Indiana University

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