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ACU student honored for research presentation at psychology annual meeting


Abilene Christian University student Abby Loe, senior psychology major from Canyon, was invited to present her independent research at the Texas Association of School Psychologists annual meeting Oct. 20 in Las Colinas. At the meeting, Loe won the award for the best student poster presentation for her research on the relationship between emotional issues and obesity.

Students from universities across the state were invited to submit proposals to present papers in poster format at the annual TASP meeting. Loe submitted a proposal to the committee and was invited to present at the Texas annual meeting.

"Students posters must include the title of the study, short narrative sections about the literature and its connection to the study, the population of the study, the hypotheses, the results and discussion," said Jennifer Shewmaker, director of the School Psychology Training program at ACU. "Abby had to be able to describe her study and answer questions from professionals and graduate students."

Later during the weekend, it was announced that Loe had won the award for the best student poster presentation.

"It is even more impressive that Abby won the presentation award when you know that Abby is an undergraduate while the other students were graduate students," said Shewmaker.

Loe's proposal to present has been accepted at the national level, as well. Her proposal was submitted with thousands of other students, as well as professionals from across the country, to participate in the National Association of School Psychologists meeting in March in New York.

According to Shewmaker, Loe is only one of two ACU students that have ever been invited to present at the national level, but more significantly, she is the only ACU undergraduate student invited.