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A South Putnam graduate is among the four Franklin College psychology students who have been selected by the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) to present their research projects at the association's annual conference in Chicago in May.

Franklin junior CODY WARREN of Reelsville, son of Ronald Warren and Tricia Warren, and senior Jared McIninch of Whiteland will present their research project "The Role of Feedback and Interviewer Effects of Interrogative Suggestibility."

The project developed from McIninch's interest in forensic psychology and relevant research on interrogative suggestibility - he wanted to investigate the effect of negative feedback given during a forensic interview. Student participants viewed a mock crime video, and then were interviewed by the student researchers about the crime they viewed.

Students who were given negative feedback after the interview were significantly more likely to change their responses to the questions a second time than students who received neutral feedback. This has important implications for how forensic interviews are conducted. This research project was supervised by Assistant Professor of Psychology Jamie Bromley, Ph.D.

This research study was awarded a prize from Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and McIninch and Warren will attend an award ceremony during the MPA conference.

Senior Victoria Miller of Stilesville and senior Caitlyn Farris of Zionsville will also present their project "Love at First Tackle?"

Bromley said this is the first time Franklin College students have been selected to present at the conference.

"This is the largest regional professional conference in psychology, and we take students every year to experience a professional conference," Bromley said, "but have not had them present their own work."

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland.

MARISSA PARENT of Bainbridge was recently a member of a team from Milwaukee School of Engineering that finished fourth among 10 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC).

Parent is majoring in management information systems at MSOE.

The competition features the state CCDC champions from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky in a two-day, continuous cybersecurity competition. This is the third year in a row that MSOE took first place in Wisconsin to qualify for the Midwest competition.

Top tech-savvy students from across the country form teams to compete first at the state level, then the regional level. Regional winners go on to a national competition. For the competitions, teams build and defend a mock production business infrastructure from professional "hackers" who are given the challenge to take each team's production systems offline and breach their security.

While the teams work hard to fend off "hackers," the competition judging staff deploys network enhancement and upgrade challenges to teams, judging team's performance, scoring and supporting the overall event.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing.

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