RSU Student Participates in Research Day at the Capitol

Student and professor standing next to posterboardRogers State University student Shana Butler presented her psychology research on “Perceived Mental Health Counselor Bias and LGBTQ Mental Health Service Utilization” as part of the annual Research Day held recently at the state capitol.

A social sciences/psychology senior from Claremore, Butler represented RSU during the March 27 event, which is sponsored by Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research that is taking place at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

Butler was joined at the event by her research advisor Dr. Sonya E. Munsell, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Sociology at RSU. During the event, students from 17 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented poster displays about their original research and discussed details with members of the State Legislature and Capitol guests. The research posters and oral presentations were competitively judged by an independent panel. The panel selected the top seven researchers in three categories—one overall winner, three regional university winners and three research-intensive institution winners.

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