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5 of our Psychology and Neuroscience Honor undergraduates, Natalie Brown, Melissa Burroughs, Claudia Foubert, Atiyah Hamilton, and Angelica Villanueva, are the recipients of the 2018 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
Natalie Brown
“Morphological Properties of Astrocytes Following Chronic Cocaine Use in Female Rats”
Melissa Burroughs
“Brain Activation During Risk-Taking Tasks as a Predictor of Real-World Risk-Taking”
Claudia Foubert
“Free Recall Performance in Individuals Genetically At-Risk for Schizophrenia”
Atiyah Hamilton
“Math Motivation in African American Adolescents”
Angelica Villanueva
“Developing a Mobile Health Application for African American Young Adults”

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