The Dashiell-Thurstone Prize is awarded each year for the best senior honors thesis, as judged by a faculty committee. This award is named in memory of two significant figures in the life of the Department of Psychology: John Dashiell, who founded the Department in 1920, and Leon Thurstone, who founded the Psychometric Research Laboratory in 1953, which later became a significant component of the Department.
Nicole Seider, a graduating Psychology senior, won for her outstanding senior honors thesis, titled “Differences in White Matter: Microstructure Integrity between Heavy and Light Drinkers.” This prize was presented at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony on May 10, 2015.
Congratulations to three UNC Psychology undergraduate students who won poster awards for their work at the UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research.
Millicent Robinson won for her work with Cheryl Giscombe, “Superwoman Schema, Stigma, Provider Characteristics, and Religion: Factors that Influence Mental Health Service Utilization Among African-American Women.”
Samuel Brotkin won for his work with Paschal Sheeran, “Future Self Continuity and Health Behavior.”
Mary Ward won for her work with Patrick Akos, “Exposing Students in Special Education to STEM through Engineering.”
After a thorough evaluation process, a multidisciplinary faculty selection committee at the Office for Undergraduate Research awarded 79 students a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award. 9 of the 2015 SURF award recipients were Psychology undergraduate students.
In coordination with Excel@Carolina, the SURF program provides a small group of incoming first-year students the opportunity to receive at least $3,000 to engage in undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative performance under the guidance of faculty advisors. This program is one of the many programs administered through the Office of Undergraduate Research and is designed to enhance the educational experience of undergraduate students by engaging them in research opportunities.
Lindsey Freeman, Mia Lei, Gabrielle McHarg, John Ogunkeye, Danny Rahal, Haley Solomon, Preethika Sundararaj, Katherine Wiley, and Eleanor Wu are Psychology undergraduate students who received the 2015 SURF award.
Saima Akbar, a Psychology undergraduate student, was selected as a UNC Phillips Ambassador for Study Abroad in Asia.
The Phillips Ambassadors Program is part of UNC’s Carolina Asia Center, in association with the Study Abroad office. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and selections are based on strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity and engagement, academic achievement, evidence of generous service to the campus and community, and a previous record of leadership.
Saima will study through the National University of Singapore Science Summer Lab Exchange.
Please nominate someone for a Diversity Enhancement in Psychology Award! Faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students can make nominations. Self-nominations are also accepted. Four awards will be given, two in each of the two categories listed below:
Psychological Research with Diverse/Underrepresented Populations (e.g., by virtue of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.)
A psychology undergraduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research contributing to knowledge about diverse populations. This individual might or might not be a member of an underrepresented group.
A psychology graduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research contributing to knowledge about diverse populations. This individual might or might not be a member of an underrepresented group.
Psychology Researchers from Underrepresented Groups
A psychology undergraduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research and who is a member of one or more groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychology by virtue of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. This student’s research might or might not address issues of diversity.
A psychology graduate student will be recognized who has conducted excellent psychological research and who is a member of one or more groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in psychology by virtue of race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, etc. This student’s research might or might not address issues of diversity.
Please nominate by May 5 one or more individuals through this Qualtrics survey link. You may complete the survey multiple times if you wish to nominate more than one person or a person for more than one award.
Psychology senior Ryan Brady was selected to be in the UNC “Commencement Spotlight” which highlights three graduating seniors as they reflect on what UNC has meant to them as they finish up final exams, cross things off bucket lists, don Carolina blue caps and gowns, and take on their next great adventures after May 11 commencement.
Congratulations to the following psychology majors who will graduate as Buckley Public Service Scholars! On Friday, May 9, the Carolina Center for Public Service will honor 248 seniors graduating this spring as Buckley Public Service Scholars at a special ceremony at 5 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
Launched in 2003, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program encourages students to learn about and practice public service and engagement beyond the scope of traditional volunteerism, including organizational service, policy and advocacy work, fundraising and philanthropy. To gain designation as a Buckley Public Service Scholar, participating students must have a minimum grade-point average and build a portfolio that includes documentation of an orientation and four skills-training workshops, a minimum of 300 hours of service, one service-learning course and a final reflection product. Most of the 2014 graduates exceeded those requirements, on average completing more than 460 hours of service.
This year, seven undergraduate students from the Psychology Department were awarded SURFs. Congratulations to Samantha Asofsky, Kirsten Consing, Caroline deSaussure, Crystal Ibe, Emily Lobos, Sean McWeeny and Claire Pauley!
The UNC First Year Seminar office is starting a new program whereby small enrollment sections of a few 200-level courses will be offered to new transfer students in the fall semester when they first arrive at UNC-CH. Psychology will offer two such seminars this fall (those listed below). These courses will be open ONLY to new transfer students.
CourseDayTimeLocationInstructor PSYC 220.004 T/Th 12:30-01:45 Davie 301 taught by Dr. Jeannie Loeb PSYC 250.004 T/Th 08:00-09:15 Davie 301 taught by Dr. Beth Jordan
Would you like to be a speaker at the Psychology Department’s Commencement Ceremony on May 11th? If you are interested in giving a short 4-minute speech at the Ceremony, please prepare a rough draft including a reflection of your experiences as a psychology major at UNC. This is a selective process, and your draft will be considered by a committee of students and faculty. The speaker will be chosen in mid-April and must be available to attend a walk-through tour of Carmichael on April 30.
In order to be considered, you must email a rough draft of your speech to Dr. Desiree Griffin (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, April 11 at 5 PM!
The Department of Psychology at UNC-CH was recently featured in the Spring 2014 edition of Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine. Click below to read an article on the Karen M. Gil Internship Program in Psychology and a story about the science of addiction, featuring Drs. Don Lysle, Gina Carelli, Todd Thiele, Stacey Daughters, Patrick Curran, Dan Bauer and Andrea Hussong. Additionally, Dr. David Penn’s schizophrenia research is highlighted. Lastly, there is a quote from Dr. Kelly Giovanello about a proposed minor in neuroscience.
Psychology Junior, Katie Savage, received the University’s Undergraduate Student Award for Diversity this year for her commitment to advancing diversity on both the campus and within the community. The award is given annually and Katie will be honored for her efforts at a reception on April 16th with awardees from other categories. Congratulations, Katie!
Psychology Senior, Margo Williams, was featured in an online news article for her research work with the Frank Porter Graham (FPG) Infant and Child Assessment Lab as part of the PSYC 395 course in the Department of Psychology. PSYC 395 offers undergraduate students of psychology a hands-on opportunity to investigate different types of research. Click here to read the full article.
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Less than one percent of all college students qualify, therefore, invitation to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is a reflection of outstanding achievement. We congratulate the following students on being inducted into this prestigious society this fall and are proud of their academic accomplishments.
The Department would like to extend its congratulations to the following students who were recent recipients of grants to continue their respective research interests in psychology. Their demonstrated commitment to the field of psychology is valued.
Remi Moore: David Bray Peele Memorial Research Award
Mary K. Weinel: Sarah Steele Danhoff Undergraduate Research Award
Lapching Keung: Tom and Elizabeth Long Research Award
Katelyn Dryden: Dunlevie Honors Undergraduate Research Award
Mariah Moore: Gump Family Undergraduate Research Award
Alicia Mullis presented her research at UNC’s Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 16, 2011. Her poster was selected as one of the four posters to be displayed at the Undergraduate Library. Alicia’s project is entitled, “Applying Chaos Theory: Chronic Pain, Music, and Cognition.”
Katherine Cullen’s poster was also one of the four selected for display at the House Undergraduate Library. She also presented her research at UNC-CH’s 13th Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 16, 2012. Katherine’s project is entitled “Attentional Bias for Food Cues: Differences between Obese and Normal-Weight Individuals.” Congratulations on this fine achievement, Alicia and Katherine!
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most honored of all college honorary societies. New members receive certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol. Listed below are 18 Psychology majors who will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on November 21st.
Breanne E. Allen
Kelci D. Harris
Lindsey K. Miller
Grace H. Beard
Sadie L. Hasbrouck
Sonia L. Oakley
Shannon M. Blakey
Michael V. Patrone
Jessica E. Bodford
Caroline R. Jones
Matthew B. Spangler
Olivia L. Lamontagne
Emma R. Swift
Emily E. Crowder
Kelsey A. Ludwig
Kelly E. Wolfe
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work with a grade-point average of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 grade-point average. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Less than one percent of all college students qualify. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high school and college students. Invitation to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is a reflection of outstanding achievement. The Department congratulates the 18 students listed above on this excellent honor.
Hung-Yu Chen received the David Bray Peele Award to support his Honors project, “Interaction of stress and prenatal cocaine exposure on dopamine release and social behavior in adolescent rats.” Kent M. Lee also received this award to support his Honors project, “A psychophysiological investigation into the emotional effects of pain offset.” This research grant honors the memory of David Bray Peele, an Honors student in our Department many years ago. Congratulations to you both!
Launched in 2003, the Public Service Scholars Program encourages students to learn about and practice public service and engagement beyond the scope of traditional volunteerism, including organizational service, policy and advocacy work, fundraising and philanthropy. Listed below are the 23 students from the Department of Psychology included in this year’s class of 194 students:
Nguyen Hai VanMartina Le*
* Denotes a double major
To gain designation as a Public Service Scholar, participants must have a minimum grade-point-average, complete at least 300 hours of service, take one-service learning course and attend an orientation and four skills-training workshops. Most of the 2011 PSS graduates exceeded those requirements, on average completing more than 450 hours of service; 10 students reported more than 1,000 hours each, and one student recorded more than 2,000 hours. These students’ efforts are a testament to the difference Carolina students make in communities throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. We are pleased these outstanding students from Psychology are well represented in this class!
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored of all college honorary societies, recently inducted 154 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.
Listed below are 21 Psychology majors who were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa:
Amy Caroline Abramowitz
Carolina Ashley Fish
Carolina Larkin Oates
Savanah Joyce Banta
Andrew Stanfield Hamlet
Benjamin Edwards Buck
Kathryn Rose Hanna
Meagan Leigh Shallcross
Caroline Elizabeth Byrd
David Thomas Horton
Victoria Paige Smith
Corey Joseph Cusimano
Alyssa J. Ventimiglia
Lauren Elizabeth Danzi
Colin M. Iwanski
Edina Cindy Wang
Alexandra Elizabeth Fish
Alicia Nicole Mullis
Elizabeth Ann Weaver
The induction ceremony featured remarks by Carolina alumna Sue Walsh, a Phi Beta Kappa member and director of endowment and stewardship for the Educational Foundation Inc., also known as the Rams Club.
Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who has completed 75 hours of course work with a grade-point average of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has competed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 grade-point average. Grades earned at other universities are not considered. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify. Invitation to membership in Phi Beta Kappa is a reflection of outstanding achievement. To view the full article, click here.
S. Paul Shorkey is a UNC senior majoring in psychology with particular interest in clinical psychology and neuroscience. His recent work has been examining nonsuicidal self-injury, including both interpersonal and psychophysiological correlates. He was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship based on his excellent record of academic excellence, campus leadership, and innovation for the field.