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The Department of Psychology and Sociology  held the Lowell Overton 6th Undergraduate Symposium on April 17, 2015. This year's symposium was attended by (in alphabetical order) Dr. Nancy Alvarado, Dr. Ann Englert, Dr. Jack Fong, Dr. Juliana Fuqua, Dr. David Horner, Dr. Daniel Lewis, Dr. Anjana Narayan, Ms. Elisa Mitchell (MPA), Dr. Anthony Ocampo, Mr. Lowell Overton, and Dr. Felicia  Friendly Thomas.

We had fifteen speakers overall. Seven were Sociology students, there was one Anthropology student minoring in Sociology, and there were seven speakers from Psychology. Presenters had the floor for 15 minutes with 3 minutes allocated for questions from the audience.  Additionally, there were seven poster presenters divided into two poster presentation topics.  There were over 60 attendees for this year's symposium.

Our Sociology speakers are (in alphabetical order): 
Erica LaRae Brown
Minerva Lizbeth Camacho
Zanetta Chichester
Jerome Daguplo
Daniel Gomez
Brittany Macias
Sofia Pedroza

Our Anthropology speaker (with a minor in Sociology):
Jessennya Hernandez

Our Psychology speakers are (in alphabetical order):
Dacey Bashaw
Princess Egbule
Cassandra Garcia
Jimena Jaramillo
Hannah Perez
Luis Porras
Paul Rogo

All students, whether oral presenters or poster presenters, were mentored by faculty from our department. This year the participating faculty mentors and/or symposium moderators were: Dr. Nancy Alvarado, Dr. Jack Fong, Dr. Juliana Fuqua, Dr. Claudia Garcia Des-Lauriers, Dr. Dennis Loo, Dr. Stacy McGoldrick, Ms. Elisa Mitchell, MPA (from the Office of Undergraduate Research), Dr. Anjana Narayan, Dr. Anthony Ocampo, Dr. Felicia Friendly Thomas and Dr. Nicholas Von Glahn. Our gratitude goes out to all aforementioned faculty and professional participants.

Our department chair, Dr. Horner, began the symposium by welcoming the attendees as well as introducing our important benefactor, Lowell Overton, President of RealMega.Com and Broker for Coldwell Banker. As a former graduate of Cal-Poly Pomona, Mr. Overton recounted his development at our university as well as his ability to harness the behavioral sciences to become a highly significant figure in the real estate industry. Mr. Overton's talk inspired our audience and the symposium presenters about the possibilities of empowerment through the social sciences. Certificates were then presented to our student participants, with the ceremony's conclusion signalling the beginning of the symposium in earnest. Mr. Overton's generosity in supporting our symposium was further enhanced by his attendance at our presenters' talks and poster presentations. We are very grateful that Mr. Overton has taken time from his busy schedule to attend our event as well as serve as a continuing benefactor for future symposia organized by our department.

A very special thank you goes to our department staff Leticia Keenan, Jeanette Huyler, and Diane Slusser. Their efforts have been invaluable in making this year's symposium flow smoothly. Without their dedicated assistance with the logistics of attending to food provisions, the printing of posters, managing the configuration of rooms, as well as ensuring whatever supplies that were needed were available, this year's symposium would not have succeed.

Finally, without the students' dedication to knowledge and its dissemination, along with their intellect, professionalism, and curiosity, this symposium would not have taken place. We are thoroughly impressed by their efforts and commitment to their disciplines.  Additionally, the students that attended deserve commendations as well since their ability to be part of an inquisitive audience adds greatly to the dynamic of the event. Thank you to all of you. In the following pages, speech presenters' photographs will be displayed along with the titles of their talks. Photographs of our luncheon area where poster presenters were stationed are also included.

Aside from being sociology students in our department, many students are also members of the sociology international honor society Alpha Kappa Delta.

Aside from being psychology students in our department, many students are also members of the psychology international honor society Psi Chi.

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