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Hudson Valley Graduate Morgan of Wynantskill Places Second in National Research Competition

Melissa J. Morgan of Wynantskill, Hudson Valley Community College 00 and member of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology, is a winner in the Psi Beta/Allyn & Bacon Publishers National Research Paper Competition.

Ms. Morgan won second place for her research paper, "Team Sports Vs. Individual Sports: Personality Differences Using Catell's 16PF." She will receive $300, a certificate of recognition, and a one-year membership in the American Psychological Society.

Ms. Morgan wrote her paper based on her own survey using American Psychological Association (APA) format under the supervision of Hudson Valley Psi Beta faculty advisors, Dr. Leslie Grout and Ronald Mulson.

The winning papers will be distributed at the 2000 APA national convention in Washington, D.C. on August 4. Hudson Valley Community College has sponsored Morgan to enable her to travel to the convention to receive her award.

"We are very proud of Melissa," says Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono. "Hudson Valley's chapter of Psi Beta is still relatively new, and already our students have begun to distinguish themselves on a national level."

"Winning second place in a national competition is a true honor which illustrates the caliber of Hudson Valley students," says Hudson Valley Psi Beta advisor Mulson. "It is a privilege to work with smart and dedicated students like Melissa."

Ms. Morgan will attend the State University of New York at Geneseo in the fall.

Psi Beta, the national honor society for students of psychology in two-year schools, is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Psi Beta membership requires students to have a minimum of 3.0 average and to have taken three psychology courses within the Behavioral and Social Science Department. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to psychology.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.