Ryan Jacoby, a Clinical Psychology Graduate Student, has been selected as a recipient of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology’s Outstanding Clinician Award.
This award is intended to recognize outstanding graduate students who are providing exceptional contributions to the field of clinical psychology through their clinical work. Winners are selected based on interest, dedication, and exceptional performance in clinical work.
Congratulations to Clinical Psychology graduate students Stephanie Salcedo and Shawn Jones! They were selected as recipients of the 2015-2016 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships.
The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program is a national competition that recognizes applicants from a broad range of disciplines who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well-prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Shawn was awarded the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which provides one year of support for individuals working to complete a dissertation leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD) degree. Stephanie was awarded the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, which provides three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (ScD) degree.
Congratulations to Developmental Psychology graduate students Nicholas Wagner and Marie Camerota! Wagner and Camerota have received a Pilot Research Grant from the Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Control for their study on electronic cigarettes.
The study investigates the perceptions, prevalence, and patters of use of electronic cigarettes among pregnant women. With the collection of umbilical cord samples, the study compares levels of nicotine exposures between mothers who use tobacco cigarettes and those who use electronic cigarettes.
With this announcement, the Department of Psychology invites applications for the Earl and Barbara Baughman Dissertation Research Award. The purpose of this grant is to promote and support innovative dissertation research in our Department. Two awards of $6000 each will be made to provide summer support for advanced graduate students whose dissertation projects are underway. The expectation is that award recipients will devote their summer to working toward completion of their dissertation project, as opposed to accepting other employment (e.g. summer teaching).
Interested graduate students should submit a proposal (double-spaced, size 12 font) that is 2 to 4 pages in length, not including references. It should outline the proposed project, including an explanation of the questions addressed, the planned methodology, and the intended unique contribution to the field. Proposals will be reviewed by faculty representing multiple areas within the Department, so write to a broad audience and avoid jargon and unnecessary technical terminology. Proposals will be judged on the basis of the scientific rigor, novelty, and importance of the research, the clarity of presentation, and the applicant’s overall record of academic achievement.
It is required that applicants have successfully defended the dissertation proposal by May 1, 2015. In a cover letter, give the date on which your proposal was successfully defended, or when you expect the defense to occur. The award will not be made if this deadline is not met.
The application consists of (1) the cover letter, (2) the research proposal, and (3) a current curriculum vitae. If you are planning to apply, please let Dr. Charles Wiss know via e-mail by March 16 (email@example.com). Submit digital copies of the application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 pm, March 23, 2015. Awards will be announced in mid-April.
Congratulations to developmental graduate student, Vanessa Volpe, who has received a Basic Psychological Science Research Grant for diversity-focused research from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APASGS)! The intent of this grant is to fund innovative psychological science research projects. Vanessa will be awarded $1000 towards her research that examines coping strategies and vagal regulation as potential mechanisms through which racial discrimination may translate into health outcomes for Black undergraduate students.
Congratulations to Developmental graduate student, Vanessa Volpe, who was recently named the inaugural Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholar as a part of the 2015 Active Minds Emerging Scholars Fellowship. The Emerging Scholars Fellowship is a program dedicated to supporting behavioral health research by graduate and undergraduate scholars. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for students to complete funded, independent mental health projects and to be connected with a network of young scholars and national experts in the field of behavioral health.
Congratulations to developmental graduate students Adam Hoffman, Liz Adams and Katie Perkins who won the Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Prize for the best poster presentation at the APA SPSSI (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) 2014 Conference. The prize is given by SPSSI in conjunction with Sage Publications. The poster was entitled, “The Stability and Bidirectional Influence of Race Centrality in Black Youth and Their Parents.”
Jazmin Brown-Annuzzi, a graduate student in the Social Psychology Program, was recently recognized as the 2014 recipient of the Christopher R. Agnew Research Innovation Award. The Social Psychology faculty unanimously voted to recognize her for her highly innovative research on subjective social status, as exemplified in her article entitled “Objective and subjective socioeconomic status and health symptoms in patients following hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation,” which will soon appear in the Psycho-Oncology.
Erin Cooley, a graduate student in the Social Psychology Program, recently received the Chester A. Insko Best Publication Award. The Social Psychology faculty unanimously voted to recognize her for her article entitled “Implicit bias and the illusion of conscious ill will,” which appeared in Social Psychological and Personality Science in 2014.
University of Virginia Professor Tim Wilson was recently awarded the inaugural John Thibaut Award. The John Thibaut award is given by the social psychology graduate students for inspiring research in social psychology. The award is named after the influential social psychologist and former UNC Professor, John Thibaut.
Graduate student Elise Rice awards Professor Tim Wilson the inaugural John Thibaut Award.
Donte LeShon Bernard (clinical), Teague Henry (quantitative) and Adam J. Hoffman (developmental) are three of 23 students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. An additional 25 Carolina applicants were accorded honorable mention in the competition.
NSF fellows receive three years of support from the agency, including a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution, international research and professional development opportunities and access to a supercomputer. Currently, 71 Carolina graduate students are being supported with NSF GRFP fellowships.
“Carolina’s talented graduate students who work alongside our esteemed faculty make significant contributions in teaching and research at our great University,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “We thank the National Science Foundation for supporting these promising scientists and engineers who are developing important, new ideas for North Carolina and the world.”
NSF received more than 14,000 applications for the 2014 competition and made 2,000 fellowship award offers. Fellowship recipients may choose to continue their research at their current institution or transfer to another U.S. university.
Kent Mung-Hao Lee (social) and Katherine Aidan Perkins (developmental) received honorable mentions.
The full list of external fellowship awardees can be found here.
The Graduate School will host its annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration on April 24th at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Research poster presentations will take place at 3:00 pm., followed by the awards ceremony at 4:00 pm.
Below is a list of psychology students who will be honored for their achievements. A big congratulations to all!
Internal Award Winner: Melissa Jenkins, Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award
External Award Winners:
Carrie Adair, Mind & Life Institute 1440 Award
Sierra Bainter, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
John Casachahua, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Domenic Cerri, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Cara Damiano, Autism Speaks Dennis Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship and International Meeting for Autism Research Travel Grant
Adam Hoffman, Psi Chi Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant
Suzanne Isgett, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
Keenan Jenkins, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
Shawn Jones, Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship
Jason Kahn, NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
Jennifer MacCormack, APAGS/Psi Chi International Junior Scientist Fellowship
James McGinley, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Jacqueline Nesi, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
Erol Ozmeral, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Elise Rice, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
Chelsea Schein, NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
Jessica Solis, NRSA Fellowships for Minority Students (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Audrey Wells, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bharathi Zvara, NRSA Fellowship (F31) NIH – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The University announced the recipients of the 2014 University Teaching Awards, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence. A special insert on the winners will appear in the April 16 issue of the University Gazette. Award winners from the Psychology department were:
Anna Bardone-Cone, William C. Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching
Enrique Neblett, Chapman Family Teaching Award
Viji Sathy, Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
Daniel Harper, Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants
Congratulations to quantitative doctoral student, Stephanie Lane! At the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2013 Stephanie was awarded the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTASA) for her outstanding undergraduate teaching of quantitative methods. This award, designed and administered by the Executive Branch of UNC’s Student Government, recognizes professors who have “demonstrated and consistent teaching excellence, success in positively affecting a broad spectrum of students, and creation of a dynamic learning environment.”
Clinical student, Shawn Jones, was selected as the recipient of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi) 2013 Sage Student Research Award. Each year, ABPsi and Sage Publications select one student to receive $1000 for the most outstanding research conducted by a student. Shawn was presented with the award at this year’s Annual Convention of the Association of Black Psychologists in New Orleans, LA in late July. He also presented his paper, entitled “Emotional Response Profiles to Racial Discrimination: Does Racial Identity Predict Affective Patterns?” (Jones, Lee, Gaskin, & Neblett, 2013) at a breakout session during the conference.
Jim McGinley, quantitative student, recently won the Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award. This award is given by the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) in recognition of outstanding biomedical and psychosocial research among graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Jim won this award for his research on innovative modeling framework for ordinal adolescent alcohol use data.
Drs. Enrique NeblettandEleanor Seaton served as Chair and Co-Chair on the planning committee this year for the 19th Annual Black Graduate Conference in Psychology hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill. Over seventy graduate students and faculty scholars from all over the country attended the four-day conference. This event offers the opportunity for graduate students in all fields of psychology to come together to present their ongoing research, gain professional development experiences, and network with other graduate students and faculty in a welcoming environment.
Nicole Fenton is the recipient of a Graduate Student Mentor Award from the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research. This award was established to recognize and encourage mentoring of undergraduates by graduate students. Congrats, Nicole!
The following students have been awarded either an external fellowship or grant for the 2012-2013 academic year to aid them in their research. They will be recognized at the 2013 Graduate Student Recognition Celebration in April hosted by the Graduate School. Congratulations to all!
Theresa McKim, a graduate student of our Behavioral Neuroscience Program, was recently awarded an NC TraCS $2,000 grant for her research, “Addiction History and COMT Genotype are Independently Associated with Impairments in Learning and Replacing Arbitrary Stimulus-Response Associations.”
Jason Kahn, a graduate student of our Cognitive Program, recently received an NSF Grant to support his doctoral dissertation research, “Processing Fluency and Word Duration in Multi-Word Utterance.”
A study, jointly published by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Distinguished Professor, and alumna, Dr. Bethany Kok, was recently the focus of an article in The Economist. “Think Yourself Well,” discusses how positive emotions are linked to physical health. Fellow Tarheel contributors to the study include Professor Sara Algoe, Kimberly Coffey, Lahnna Catalino, and Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk.
James McGinley, quantitative graduate student, was recently presented with the 2012 Lyle V. Jones Award in recognition of outstanding scholarship and citizenship as a graduate student in the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory. Congratulations James!