Technology and Aging Lab (TAL) undergraduate research assistant (RA) Radha Dedeepya Chebolu and post-baccalaureate RA Xeona Villegas will present their research projects at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC) on February 26th-27th. Although originally planned as an in-person conference at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, FURC will be virtual this year. Those interested in gaining virtual admission to the conference can do so HERE. FURC showcases projects conducted by undergraduate researchers from Florida universities and is always a great event to see the outcome of Florida’s undergraduates’ research efforts. The conference is interdisciplinary in nature, so there is likely going to be a little bit of everything for everyone. This year’s attendees should expect to see short videos of the poster presentations, before the opportunity to interact with presenters.
Radha Dedeepya, a psychology senior at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and second year TAL member, will be presenting her research work involving the perception of emotional valence in text messages, both with and without emojis, and how loneliness might affect this perception. Xeona, a recent psychology graduate of UCF and first year member at TAL, is using her wide set of skills to explore the psychological factors which might pose a risk to interplanetary exploration. Both research projects promise to be interesting, so be sure to attend the conference and support our undergrads.