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The 2019 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference Trip in Washington DC

Nine TRU students presented their research at the conference.



TRU students with the 2019 Bunkyo Gakuin students


Bunkyo Gakuin Psychology Students on Campus February 25-March 16, 2019

Drs. Jenni Karl, Catherine Ortner, Sandra Vermeulen, Michael Woloszyn and TRU Psychology students will be presenting their research to these visiting Japanese students.


Honours student submits video to SSHRC Storyteller's contest

Please watch the video to learn more about Honours student Pia Pennekamp's research with supervisor Dr. Catherine Ortner. 


The 2018 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference Trip

San Francisco, CA 




Upcoming Workshops

Getting the most out of your undergraduate degree: A workshop for 1st and 2nd year students

Come learn all the resources in the Psychology department and on campus that will enrich your life and fatten up your resume. Topics covered include what courses to take, how to get involved in research,  what the honours program is, what opportunities are available at TRU –ie. Conferences, work study, research assistant, volunteer jobs, awards; and will touch briefly on GRE’s and grad schools and future career possibilities.

Date: Wed Feb 8, 2017

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm


Writing Papers in APA style

Do you have a psychology paper that is due this semester? Come to this workshop to help you master APA style

Date: Fri March 10, 2017

Location: 10:30am-11:30am


Honours Info session

If you’re planning on applying to the Honours program, or just want to know what Honours is all about, please attend this workshop. You will hear from current Honours students and can ask them questions.

Date: Mon March 20, 2017

Time: 10:30am-11:30am


 Instructor: Selina Knorr

Please email sknorr@tru.ca to reserve your spot for these workshops.

All workshops take place in AE 107.

Arts Student Awards

These awards are intended for returning students (students who are not planning on graduating prior to December 2017). The award funds will be directly applied to tuition via the student accounts for the Fall 2017 semester. To apply, please write a one-page summary of why you think you'd be a good candidate for these awards and send to the Chair of Psychology, Jacquel...ine Kampman (jkampman@tru.ca).

Here are the details on the 3 awards:

1. TRU Arts Student Ambassador Awards recipients will receive $700. The student ambassadors will participate in recruitment, marketing, and engagement activities at both the divisional and departmental levels. These students should have the potential to become good ambassadors. This award is not necessarily for a student who has a long track record, but rather potential. Examples include, participating in Open Houses, recruitment fairs, marketing profiles, and as engagement ambassadors. We do not anticipate that these activities will exceed 25 hours over the course of the semester. Students who have previously received this award are not eligible.

2. In addition to this award, there are 4 TRU Arts Meritorious Ambassador Awards ($700) for students who have demonstrated a commitment to TRU by extensive involvement with their department, division and University. The Faculty of Arts will receive nominations from faculty members for this award. Student nominees should have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA, as well as a record of co-curricular activities. Nominations should be accompanied by a one page covering letter and a bulleted list of activities.(4 awards)

3. Faculty of Arts Research and Scholarship Award --$700 awarded to one student from each department who has demonstrated achievement in the area of research and/or creative activities.

Deadline:  Friday Dec 16, 2016

Upcoming Lecture:

Dr. Michael Woloszyn will be lecturing on the topic of "Factors influencing the online dating preferences of females" in the TRU Arts Colloquium Series, on Thursday Oct 20, 2016, 4pm-5pm in the TRUSU lecture hall.


Photos from the 2015 APS Conference in New York City

APS NY 2015 opening talk

Dr. Nancy Eisenberg welcoming the 5000+ attendees to the conference.

APS 2015 group photo

The TRU group (2 students missing from photo)

APS Trip Fundraiser: Bake Sale Thursday Feb 12, 10am-2pm

Please come out and support to the Bake Sale that will raise funds for the APS trip in New York.

APS Conference Trip

Fourteen keen TRU Psychology students and 3 faculty members (Dr. Sandra Vermeulen, Jacqueline Kampman, and Selina Knorr) will be attending the 2015 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference in New York city, May 19-24, 2015. The flights and hotel rooms have been booked and fundraising efforts are underway.

APS 2015 Logo

CSBBCS Conference Trip

The 2014/2015 Honours students will be traveling to Ottawa, ON to attend and present posters of their research at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) Conference, taking place in conjunction with the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), June 5-7, 2015.

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Psychology Department Social

The annual social took place on Monday Nov 17, 2014 on the heated patio of Earls Restaurant, 1210 Summit Drive, Kamloops. The patio was the ideal setting, with a classy, warm atmosphere. The appetizers were delicious and plentiful and the whole night was full of laughter and chatter. Thanks to everyone who came out and everyone who bid on the silent auction items to support the 2015 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference trip.

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