Redefining the Classroom

Senior Projects

Lake Superior State University's psychology department recently showcased the research results of its graduating students. Topics ranged from how dance affects mood and concentration, to whether differences in color impacted memory for words.


"Senior thesis research is a capstone experience for LSSU students studying the sciences," says LSSU psychology professor Russell Searight. "Under the guidance of faculty mentors, students choose a topic, design a study, collect and analyze the data, and then produce a scientific poster."

"The senior research project has actually led me to enjoy the research/experimental aspect of Psychology. Before the class I didn't think I could perform well in these aspects, but now that I am doing the project I realize that I can do it and enjoy it!"

--Ashley Krajewski


Lake State Psychology Seniors, Jessamyn Ehteshami-Afshar  and Brooke Hawley presenting the results of their senior research project at the Michigan Undergraduate Psychology  Research Conference.


Dr. Olson-Pupek and Senior Psychology Major, Cameron Metz who is presenting the results of his research on public speaking anxiety at the Michigan Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.

"Senior thesis research is a capstone experience for LSSU students studying the sciences. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, students choose a topic, design a study, collect and analyze the data, and then produce a scientific poster."

--Kristina Olson-Pupek
Associate Professor