SCC’s Strong Showing at State Conference

Sampson Community College’s Psychology Club continues to impress, most recently with its appearance at the 2019 Carolinas Psychology Conference at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.

Sarah Burgin, Psychology instructor at SCC says the event gives students a chance to network but also to build their confidence as well. “I encouraged my students to attend this conference because I think this event is a fantastic opportunity for students to present their own research and learn about current topics of interest in psychology,” she says.


Garcia, Burgin, Eads and Brady all smiles after conference.

The 2019 Carolinas Psychology Conference schedule consisted of Student Paper Presentations, a Keynote Address by Dr. Gabrielle Principe entitled How Everyday Conversations Shape Children’s Memory for Experience, and APS Psychology Jeopardy. APS, or the Association for Psychological Science, is the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders.

Kierston Brady and Courtney Eads, SCC students and members of SCC’s Psychology Club, presented their study, The Effects of Music on the Body. The study was designed to show how music affects individuals physiologically and physically. Research consisted of taking volunteer’s vital signs before and after listening to different genres of music to see if or how it changed them.

“This is one of the longest running undergraduate psychology conferences in the nation,” adds Burgin. “The purpose of this conference is to provide undergraduates in psychology with the opportunity to present their research in front of their peers and faculty in a professional yet friendly setting.”

Eads also joined fellow student Erick Garcia in competing in this year’s Jeopardy event as well. The popular game show styled competition involves contestants from participating colleges as they compete in a game modeled after the television show, except that all questions pertain to various aspects of psychology. Eads and Garcia took home second place in the event. For more information about SCC’s Psychology Club, contact Burgin at