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