2017 Department of Psychological Science Honors Night

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The Department of Psychological Science held its annual Honors Night on Monday, April 24th.  The event began with Welcoming Remarks by Dr. Escoto.  This was followed by a wonderful presentation by Dr. Jennifer Laney (2009) about her experiences in graduate school and advice for graduating seniors.  This was followed by Dr. Bachiochi introducing the recipients of Departmental Honors.  This year, we celebrated 14 students who earned Departmental Honors, two of whom earned Highest Distinction for their outstanding performance on the department’s Exit Examination (scoring above the 80% percentile, nationwide) and presenting research at a state or national conference.

Highest Distinction
Sydney Batchelder
Leah Slawinowski

High Distinction

Abigail Bell            Kaitlyn Doucette
Jesse Bober         Emma Green
Abigail Caselli       Brandon Martins
Sarah Casolo       Olivia Palen
Brittany Chabot    Melanie Ravo
Caitlin Chabot      Alexandra Steel

After the awarding of Departmental Honors, Dr. Escoto awarded the 2017 the Richard Bronson Membership recipient, Brittany Chabot.  Starting this fall, Brittany will be attending Nova Southeastern University’s M.S., in Family Therapy program.  The evening concluded with the Psi Chi chapter President, Sydney Batchelder, and Vice President, Rachel Scrivano, inducting 40 new members of Psi Chi.

2017 Psi Chi Inductees

Madison Ahearn           Kaylee DeFelice                   Nicole Murphy
Justin Berak                 Brian Duffany                       Elizabeth Navarro
Kelly Bobbitt                 Ellie Frankinburger               Meena Niazi
Jesse Bober                 Nicole Fuhrmann                 Jordan O’Meara
Nicole Bosse                John Gallen                         Malvina Pietrzykowski
Jennie Breton               Olivia Grella                         Jolene Potter
Jordan Brock                Samantha Hengel               Ashley Seward
Melanie Byrne               Elizabeth Hilton                   Molly Smith
Jasmine Carvalho         Karlyn Kerrigan-Jobes         Sydney Spencer
Sarah Casolo                Yohan Krumov                    Caroline Theroux
Ariana Clarke                Joanna Lagasse                  Maddie van’t Slot
Brianna Collins              Nicole Lenares                    Morgan Winship
Alyssa Daneault             Meagan Miller
Ashelyn Davis                Jill Monck

Student Accepted to Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ukraine

Elizabeth Hilton (PSY) applied and was selected to participate in a summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program takes place from May 18 – July 28, 2017. She will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing and all travel costs will be covered. The program goals are :

  • A two-week long international, onsite (in Ukraine) component to develop and maintain a working collaboration with the staff of KIIS, as well as to increase the cultural, political, and social awareness of the undergraduate students, which can have a large impact on the conceptualization and understanding of mental health,
  • Undergraduate students working closely alongside students with different disciplinary expertise (e.g., psychology and statistics) to participate in all aspects of the research process (e.g., develop research questions, carry-out related literature review and iterative data analysis and disseminate research findings), while under the close mentorship of an interdisciplinary team of well-qualified, faculty undergraduate research mentors for eight-weeks in the United States.