Senior Ryan Brady Selected for Commencement Spotlight

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.

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May 2014 Graduates of Buckley Public Service Scholars Program Recognized

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.

  • Amelia Ahern
  • Ann Atienza
  • Priya Balagopal
  • Sarah Barger
  • Gabriel Baylor
  • Mary Bitler
  • Hannah Burris
  • Caroline Conner
  • Christopher Cunningham
  • Anne Holmes
  • Adriana Iturbide Rodrigquez
  • Suzanne Jasmine
  • Jessica Jenkins
  • Katherine Johnston
  • Niaisha Johnston
  • Joseph Konstanzer
  • Alexis Leca
  • Ceewin Louder
  • Ellen Mcknight
  • Anneke Oppewal
  • Lisa Owusu-Antwiwaah
  • Emily Pelehach
  • Caroline Porter
  • Tyson Presnell
  • Kiaira Reed
  • Ashley Roy
  • Sharessa Roster
  • Zainab Shams
  • Britt Sikora
  • Katherine Simkins
  • Kelsey Smith
  • Camille Sowder
  • Simone Trotman
  • Cheyenne Turner
  • Priscilla Tutu
  • Carlisle Uhlman
  • Caitlin Wood
  • Lindsay Wright

Psychology Students Awarded Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs)

Each year the Office for Undergraduate Research awards Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs).  These fellowships of at least $3,000 enable undergraduates to engage in research, scholarship or creative performance under the guidance of faculty mentors during the summer.  

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!

 

Are you a transfer student?

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.

Course                Day        Time                   Location               Instructor
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

Attention Graduating Seniors

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 (dgriffin@unc.edu) by Friday, April 11 at 5 PM!

 

UNC-CH Psychology Featured in Carolina Arts & Sciences Magazine

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.

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Psychology Student Receives Diversity Award

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!

Advancing Undergraduate Education in PSYC 395

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 Inducts 12 Psychology Students as Members

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.

Thomas H. Brader Morgan E. Moore
Malaika E. Pacque
Jessica M. Caamano Elizabeth C. Moroney
Mary K. Weinel
Alvera A. Feeny
Rachel L. Olsen
Kelly A. Knowles
Michael L. Giordano
Scott H. Oppler, Jr.
Remi S. Moore

Senior Honors Research Grants Awarded to 5 Undergraduate Students

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

Recent UNC Grads Present Research at UNC-CH’s Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research Symposium

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 inducts 18 Psychology Students

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 Christine Jackson Michael V. Patrone
Jessica E. Bodford Caroline R. Jones Matthew B. Spangler
Benjamin Brumley 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.

Chen Selected for Award for Undergraduate Honors Thesis

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!

Public Service Scholars Program

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:

Hanna Ali* Angela Dixon* Nguyen Hai VanMartina Le*
Savanah Banta Olubunmi Fashusi* Carolina Oates
Ashley Borda Carolina Fish Abby Osborn*
Rachel Burnette Cindy Freimark* Aarti Patel
Caroline Byrd Imani Fuller Shivani Patel*
Annie Clark* Katie Hanna* Mehreen Sheikh
Alexandra Cupito Neha Harwani Elizabeth Weaver*
Radhika Deshmukh* Kaitlyn Hurst  

* 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 Inducts 21 Psychology Majors as New Members

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 Rebecca Schneider
Benjamin Edwards Buck Kathryn Rose Hanna Meagan Leigh Shallcross
Caroline Elizabeth Byrd David Thomas Horton Victoria Paige Smith
Corey Joseph Cusimano Jingwen Hua 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. 

Senior Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

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.