► Class Day 2019: Graduating seniors, honors recipients, and award winners

June 5, 2019
Class Day decorations

The Department of Psychology held its annual Class Day event on Monday, June 3, 2019, to celebrate graduating seniors, honors recipients, and award winners.

Festivities were held in the Frist Campus Center where graduates, families, and friends congratulated this profound accomplishment.


Honors Recipients

During the celebrations, the Department recognized the following Class of 2019 Honors recipients.

Highest Honors

Rebecca Blevins, Stephen Chen, Victoria Tang, Jessica Zhou

High Honors

Lila Abreu, Sonia Ann Friscia, Naoum Fares Marayati, Simi Prasad, Alice Wang, Nicole Wedel

Honors

Paige Amormino, Jean Bellamy, Rachel Cooper, Ana Patricia Esqueda, Charlotte Notaras, Diana Ortiz, Jim Palmer, TC Schneider, Kobi Tsesarsky

Phi Beta Kappa Society

The following Honors recipients were also elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society (the oldest national honorary scholastic society, founded in 1776): Rebecca Blevins, Stephen Chen, Jessica Zhou


Awards and Prizes

The Miller-Schroeder Memorial Prize

The Miller-Schroeder Memorial Prize is given in memory of the two psychology majors killed at Kent State University in the spring of 1970.  It is awarded to the graduating senior whose thesis best exemplifies the application of the psychological methods to the study of a problem of social significance.  Class of 2019 member TC Schneider’s thesis, advised by Professor Johannes Haushofer and entitled "Don’t Drink the Water: Thoughts of Exposure to Lead Contaminated Drinking Water Increases Stress" was selected as the 2019 winner of this prize.

The Edward E. Jones Memorial Prize

This prize is awarded to the graduating student whose senior thesis is judged to be the most outstanding work in social psychology, broadly construed. In keeping with Professor Jones' own interests, special consideration is given to theses that report innovative empirical research, although theses of a purely theoretical character are also considered. Class of 2019 member Lila Abreu's thesis, advised by Professor Susan Fiske and entitled "What’s in a Face? Measuring Romantic Attraction and its Interaction with Race" was selected as the 2019 recipient of this prize.

The George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Science

This prize is given annually to the best interdisciplinary senior thesis in cognitive science. Linguistics concentrator Alexander Hernandez's thesis, advised by Professor Adele Goldberg and entitled "Rule Generalization in Children: Testing a Threshold Proposal" was selected as the 2019 winner of this prize.

Senior Thesis Prize in Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology’s Senior Thesis Prize in Clinical Psychology is awarded to the graduating senior or seniors whose thesis is judged to be the most outstanding thesis in clinical psychology, broadly construed. Generally, it is awarded to the student(s) whose thesis best exemplifies the application of empirical methods to the study of psychopathology or the prevention or treatment of psychopathology. Class of 2019 member Carly Maitlin's thesis, advised by Professor Susan Fiske and entitled "Rehumanizing the Dehumanized: How Human and Canine Companions Affect Perceptions of Homeless People" was selected as the 2019 recipient of this prize.

The Howard Crosby Warren Prize in Psychology

Funded by an endowment established by the bequest of Catherine C. Warren, the Howard Crosby Warren Prizes are awarded annually to the senior concentrators in Psychology that are selected by the Department as the most worthy recipients on the basis of scholarly attainment and good character. The following Class of 2019 concentrators have been selected to receive this award for 2019: Rebecca Blevins, Stephen Chen, Victoria Tang, Jessica Zhou.


The Department of Psychology would like to thank award and prize recipients and all Class of 2019 members for a fantastic year and a job well-done. Congratulations and best wishes for all the future brings!


Class Day 2019 photo album on Facebook

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