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Melissa Burroughs and Claudia Foubert, graduating seniors in Psychology and Neuroscience, are the recipients of the 2019 Dashiell-Thurstone Prize.

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.

Melissa, working with her mentors Dr. Eva Telzer and Kathy Do, won for her outstanding senior honors thesis, titled “Using Neural Measures of Risk Taking to Predict Binge Drinking in Late Adolescence.” Claudia, working with her mentor, Dr. Kelly Giovanello, won for her outstanding senior honors thesis, “Free Recall Organization in Young People at Varying Risk for Schizophrenia.” Melissa and Claudia were honored at the Psychology and Neuroscience Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2019.

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