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Hudson Valley Student Gecewicz of Albany PlacesThird in National Research Paper Competition

Kerry L. Gecewicz of Albany, Hudson Valley Community College student and member of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology, is the third-place winner in the Psi Beta/Allyn & Bacon Publishers National Research Paper Competition.

Ms. Gecewicz will receive a $200 award for her paper titled, "Effects of Magazine Advertisements Depicting Thin Models on Women's Concepts of Their Appearance." She also will receive a one-year membership to the American Psychological Society. Ms. Gecewicz wrote her paper based on her own survey, using American Psychological Association (APA) format, under the supervision of 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 Gecewicz to enable her to travel to the convention to receive her award.

"We are proud of Kerry's accomplishment," 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."

"Kerry earned this prestigious honor through her hard work and dedication to the program," says Hudson Valley Psi Beta advisor Mulson. "I feel fortunate to serve as advisor to so many bright and committed students in Psi Beta."

Psi Beta is the national honor society for students of psychology in two-year schools. 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 & Industrial Technologies; Health Science; Liberal Arts & 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.