At Undergraduate Research Conference, Looking at Children’s Perceptions of Gender

Jasmine Sundri, a senior in the Department of Applied Psychology, celebrated her research with Steinhardt faculty and students at the fifth annual Applied Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference on May 9th.  Sundri, who presented a poster on perceptions of gender among K-6 children, was among twelve students who gave presentations at the conference, an event that highlighted the research skills developed through their coursework and field experiences.

Sundri’s original research, “Public Regard for the Male Gender (PRMG),” set out to discover the value that children place on masculine traits. Her project was based on a classic study by Clark and Clark (1947), which asked children to look at a doll and respond to phrased-statements about gender stereotypes. Sundri found that children as young as five years old perceived males as “powerful and stronger” than females.

“The purpose of the annual undergraduate research conference is to provide advanced students a venue where they can present their independent research projects,” said Associate Professor Gigliana Melzi, who serves as director of undergraduate studies and coordinates the annual conference.

Melzi noted that forum is a unique opportunity for students disseminate their knowledge about theory, research, and practice in a professional manner and showcase their critical, analytic, and synthesis skills.

“These skills are essential whether students pursue graduate degrees or enter the workforce after graduating from our program,” Melzi said.

To learn more about the work of  Applied Psychology students, visit Applied Psychology OPUS, their online journal.

(Photo: Jasmine Sundri explains her research to Gigliana Melzi, director of undergraduate studies.  Credit:  Debra Weinstein.)