Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 16, 2006

Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference April 7 & 8 to Showcase
Whitworth, Gonzaga Students' Distinguished Original Research

More than 120 Whitworth and Gonzaga undergraduate and graduate students representing a broad spectrum of academic disciplines will present their original research April 7 and 8 during the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference at Whitworth College.

The conference will take place Friday, April 7, from 2:15-8 p.m., and Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Hall. During the conference students will give oral and poster presentations based on research conducted in disciplines including biochemistry, computer science, English, communication, history, political science, marketing, theatre and athletic training. Each of the students presenting at the conference has been mentored by a faculty scholar; some of the students have been participating in faculty research projects funded by outside grants.

The conference will conclude Saturday with a luncheon for the presenters, their guests, and faculty sponsors. The luncheon will feature an address by Matthew Bumpus, Ph.D., a 1990 Whitworth alumnus who is now an assistant professor of human development at Washington State University.

To view a schedule of presentations and poster sessions, please visit: www.whitworth.edu/sirc/presentationschedule.htm.
For more information about the conference, please visit www.whitworth.edu/sirc.

The Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference provides an opportunity for students to do what their professors and other academics do as an integral part of their jobs: conduct original research and present it for scrutiny and critique by others in their disciplines.

"As acceptance to graduate and professional schools is becoming more competitive, it is increasingly important for students to have experience preparing their own research for public presentation," says Doug Sugano, professor of English at Whitworth. "Not only will participating students be able to include their presentations on their graduate-school applications and résumés, they will gain valuable experience presenting their research to their peers and to professionals in their respective fields."

Matthew Bumpus, the conference's guest speaker, double-majored in psychology and elementary education as an undergraduate student at Whitworth. He taught elementary school for five years before attending Penn State University, where he received his doctorate in human development and family studies, in 2000. He spent three years as a faculty member at California State University, Chico, then joined Washington State University as assistant professor of human development.

Bumpus' research focuses on parent-child relationships during the grade-school and adolescent years. While at Penn State, he worked on a federally funded research project examining family relationship processes among dual-earner couples and their children. At WSU, Bumpus is involved in several projects, including collaborating with two colleagues on a longitudinal study examining the interplay among children's social motivations, school experiences, peer relationships, and family processes. His research has been published in several journals, including Developmental Psychology, Child Development, and Journal of Marriage and Family.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Doug Sugano, professor of English, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4212 or dsugano@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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