Danny Rahal, a graduating senior, is the recipient of the second annual Susan M. McHale Award, a diversity research award.
The purpose of the Susan M. McHale Award for Outstanding Psychological Research by a Student Who Enhances Diversity is to encourage and honor students from under-represented groups who make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge of psychological science.
Danny received this award for his honors thesis examining ethnic name discrimination in Arab Americans, an underrepresented racial/ethnic group. Danny investigated whether Arab Americans showed similar biases regarding ethnic names as non-Arab Whites and whether these biases were related to ethnic identity. Danny identifies as an Arab American and his research has increased knowledge about this understudied population that is the target of much discrimination in our society. Danny was honored at the Psychology and Neuroscience Commencement Ceremony on May 8, 2016.