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9 of our Psychology and Neuroscience Honor undergraduates, Saima Akbar, John Ogunkeye, Allison Price, Leela Rao, Jared Scruggs, Haley Solomon, Leah Zelson, and Andrea Zuniga, are the recipients of the 2015 David Bray Peele Award.

The Peele Award honors David Bray Peele, who received his Bachelor’s degree from the Department of Psychology in May 1975 and worked with Dr. Mark Waller on an Honor’s Thesis. He completed his graduate work at the American University in Washington. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Peele returned to North Carolina to work at the Neurotox Division at the Environmental Protection Agency. He used innovative behavioral methods in his research to demonstrate toxic effects in rats. Dr. Peele passed away suddenly in 1990. After his death, his family remembered how his Honors work at UNC Chapel Hill has opened so many opportunities for him and decided to an establish a fund that would bear his name. The Peele Award supports our undergraduate students in psychology and their Honors projects.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Award Winner

Honors Project
Saima Akbar
“A Comparison of Scrupulosity and OCD Symptoms in Immigrant Muslims and American Muslims as Related to Perceived Religiosity”
John Ogunkeye
“Peer Accusations of ‘Acting White:’ Longitudinal Effects on Minority Adolescents’ Ethnic Identity and Depressive Symptoms”
Allison Price
“Highly Restrictive Goals Turn Temptations into Multifinal Means”
Leela Rao
“Universal Nonsense: A Linguistically Fair Non-Word Repetition Task”
Jared Scruggs
“Psychological Construction of Shame and Anger”
Haley Solomon
“Media’s Influence on Perceptions of Trans-Women”
Megan Villegas
“Improving Body Satisfaction through the Formation of ‘If-Then’ Plans”
Leah Zelson
“Global/Local Perception and Risk in 42-Month-Old Children”
Andrea Zuniga
“Individual Differences in Emotion Experience”

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