Div. 20 Student Poster Award

2017 program chairs announce the winner of the Div. 20 Student Poster Award.

By Katherine Judge, PhD, and Allison Bielak, PhD

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Div. 20 Student Poster Award for 2017 is Matthew McCurdy. His poster, "Generation Constraints Influence the Generation Effect for Younger but Not Older Adults," examined the impact of the generation effect on memory performance between younger and older adults.

Matthew began his doctoral studies in 2014 in cognitive psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his BS in psychology from Indiana University (2012); his MS in research psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2014) and his MA in cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2016).

Matthew is a member of the Functional Aging Brain Lab under the supervision of Eric Leshikar, PhD. His program of research examines the generation effect and the role of fewer or more experimental constraints that either facilitate or negate memory performance in younger and older adults. Matthew’s work was recently published in Journal of Memory and Language and sheds new light on the generation effect and memory performance. Matthew has received several awards for his research including: the Christopher Keys Early Outstanding Research Achievement, MPA Graduate Student Paper Award, Sallie P. Asche Conference Travel Award, UIC Provost’s Award for Graduate Research and the Psychonomics Society International Graduate Accommodation Award. Matthew is a member of Div. 20, MPA and the Psychonomics Society.

After completing his doctoral studies, Matthew plans on pursing a postdoctoral fellowship to gain skills in imaging techniques and then pursue a tenure-track career in academia.