QAC 201 Course Uses Poster Session as Final Exam

More than 110 students enrolled in the hands-on course Applied Data Analysis (QAC 201) presented research at the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Student Poster Session on Dec. 12 in Beckham Hall. The poster session served as the course’s final exam. More than 35 guests who use and teach applied statistics, attended the Quantitative Analysis Center’s Student Poster Session to speak with students and judge the posters. Several of the guest judges were alumni.

The interdisciplinary course QAC 201, taught by Lisa Dierker, professor of psychology, provides experience in data management and applied statistics. Students develop skills in several aspects of the research process including generating testable hypotheses based on extant data; conducting a literature review and evaluating the content of scientific literature; preparing data for analysis; selecting and conducting descriptive analyses; and presenting research findings.

The QAC’s Student Poster Session provided an opportunity for students to share their work with each other, and interact with outside experts. Photos of the event are below:

 

Rehan Mehta '14 speaks to guest judge Larry Vitulano, a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychology at the Yale School of Medicine.

Rehan Mehta ’14 speaks to guest judge Larry Vitulano, a clinical psychologist and associate clinical professor of psychology at the Yale School of Medicine. Mehta’s research is titled, “The Association between Adolescent Aggression And Religiosity.”

Phabinly "Phabs" Gabriel '13 presented his research on "The Relationship between Televised Media and Violent Behaviors."

Phabinly “Phabs” Gabriel ’13 presented his research on “The Relationship between Televised Media and Violent Behaviors.”

Lauren Seo '14 speaks to a guest judge about her research on "The Association between Major Depression and Smoking in Pregnant Women."

Lauren Seo ’14 speaks to a guest judge about her research on “The Association between Major Depression and Smoking in Pregnant Women.”

Mfundi Makama '14 shares his poster on "Attendance of Counseling Services among Different Occupations."

Mfundi Makama ’14 shares his poster on “Attendance of Counseling Services among Different Occupations.”

Leslie Egno '14 presented her QAC research on "The Association between Substance Use and Suicide Attempts among Adolescents."

Leslie Egno ’14 presented her QAC research on “The Association between Substance Use and Suicide Attempts among Adolescents.”

Shirley Deng '14 shared her current research on "Association between Self-image, Goals and Expectations and Academic Achievement."

Shirley Deng ’14 shared her current research on “Association between Self-image, Goals and Expectations and Academic Achievement.”

For more information on the Quantitative Analysis Center, visit the website, or contact Emmanuel Kaparakis, director of centers for advanced computing in the QAC.

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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