|UW-Eau Claire||News Bureau|
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MAILED: March 27, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - A sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire was among the 32 students selected to participate in the American Psychological Association's Summer Science Institute.
Scott Ritter, a psychology major from Green Bay, was chosen from more than 450 student applicants to attend the institute June 7-15 at John Hopkins University. Ritter is the first UW-Eau Claire student to be selected to participate in the annual program.
"This is going to be a chance to really make some great contacts and expand my areas of research," Ritter said. "I understand there will be opportunities to do intensive undergraduate research collaboration with researchers and professors throughout the psychology field. It'll be nine days of interacting with researchers as well as some lecture situations."
Ritter applied for the program in January at the suggestion of his adviser Dr. Karen Roper, assistant professor of psychology.
"Scott is an impressive student and shows great potential," Roper said. "I am lucky to have him. I feel this opportunity will really help to stand out as he applies for graduate programs.
"I feel the educational experience he will gain from the SSI will help him to realize his potential and expand his already high interest in the various scientific fields of psychology. He impresses me as just the kind of student that would benefit from the SSI program."
Ritter served as Roper's teach assistant for a "Behavioral Psychology" course that was part of a gifted student summer program offered to junior high school students. He was also a teaching assistant in her "Introduction to Psychology" course, and has assisted Roper in her animal research lab.
It was a combination of his academic and extracurricular achievements that likely got him accepted into the program, Ritter said, noting he is president of the Behavior Science Research Group at UW-Eau Claire.
"This is really going to be a chance to expand my educational experience beyond the constraints of the classroom," Ritter said of the summer institute. "I'll be doing innovative things with high caliber people, and have an extremely wonderful opportunity to network within the field."
When his undergraduate is completed at UW-Eau Claire, Ritter said he hopes to pursue a graduate degree in educational psychology. "This might be my gold nugget to stand apart from other graduate applicants," he said of his APA honor.
Eventually, Ritter said, he would like to be involved with the educational system. "I want to find ways to improve the environment of schools," he said, noting his interest lies at the secondary level. "I was to make sure it's a sound educational environment in terms of the mental health of the students, and an environment that promotes intellectual and emotional growth."
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Updated: April 9, 1997