TAMPA – The psychology department at University of South Florida will soon be hosting Data Blitz, an event that has been taking place since 2006 that gives faculty members who are conducting research an opportunity to talk to graduate students about their work.
“It is a really good opportunity to have different faculty members and their research displayed, basically exploiting a little bit of everyone’s interest in their current works. It helps everyone stay up to date,” said Ph.D. student Adriana Uruena.
The showcase gives faculty members just five minutes to discuss their study. They will each be allowed to display only one PowerPoint slide containing their information or the thesis to their study.
The psychology department is divided into three branches: industrial and organizational psychology; clinical psychology; and cognition, neuroscience and social psychology. Clinical and I/O Psychology hosted their Data Blitz last week.
“The turnout was what as expected. The room always gets full,” said Dr. Michael Brannick, the psychology department chair. “The event takes place once each fall semester to help the first-year graduate students become familiar with the substantive areas of expertise of the faculty.”
Clinical psychology research professor Thomas Brandon, who is conducting his research at the Tobacco Research & Intervention Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, is presenting a large study that tests whether a series of educational booklets could reduce the high rate of smoking relapse among women who quit smoking during their pregnancy.
During their presentation, each participant discusses a few major aspects of their study, the faculty and assistants involved, the length of their study and their area of expertise. This helps the graduate students meet the entire faculty and familiarize themselves with all research being conducted in the department.
The department encourages students from all majors to attend their showcase and recruit students who would like to participate in the study.