Undergraduate Student Awards and Honors
Eva MacFarland, a SURE student in Natalie Shook's lab this summer, won the best poster in the Human Engagement category at the Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium (July 2018).
Taija Thomas, a junior psychology major and Honors College student, was awarded
a Gilman Scholarship to support her travel to Spain.
Phi Beta Kappa inducted 6 psychology majors into the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society in April, 2018. They include: Joseph Berecin,Tonya Blosser, Carinna Ferguson, Hayley Harman, Sarah Milliken, and Joshua Rhudy.
The top two winners in the 2018 Behavioral Sciences category at the Spring Undergraduate
Symposium were Psychology majors
Trinity Shaver (Cole Vonder Haar, supervisor) and
(Natalie Shook, supervisor).
e 2017 class of the WVU McNair Scholar’s Program includes 4 psychology
, supervised by Cheryl McNeil,
, supervised by Cole Vonder Haar,
, supervised by Amy Gentzler, and
, supervised by Nick Turiano.
WVU Libraries and the Honors College selected Hayley Harman as a 2017 Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library Scholar for her honors thesis work under the direction of Christina Duncan. Her thesis is titled "Electronic Cigarette Expectancies in Adolescents: Exploring the Relation between User Status and Beliefs.”
Shelby Boggs was awarded the 2017 Quin Curtis Outstanding Senior Award. (April 2017)
April Highlander was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award. (April 2017)
Brooke Cottrill, Rebecca Gilley, Jessica Haupt, Christopher Iames, Christopher O’Hearn, Robert Ralston, Kelly Stake, Emma Veshecco, and Michael Wilson are Psychology Seniors who were nominated to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Meritorious Performance in the Department of Psychology. (April 2017)
April Highlander was selected as Student Membership Officer for the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) in November 2016.
The Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society presented a Gold Torch award to the Laurel chapter at West Virginia University. The Gold Torch is a national distinction conferred annually upon the most outstanding chapters of Mortar Board. Chapter president Yamini Anatula, a psychology and biology major at WVU, accepted the award at the Society’s national conference held this summer.
Shelby Boggs was a finalist for the title of Ms. Mountaineer at WVU (Fall
The 2016 class of the WVU McNair Scholar’s Program includes 6 psychology majors: Hailey Taylor, supervised by Christina Duncan, Shelby Boggs and Evan Dorsey, supervised by Natalie Shook, April Highlander, supervised by Cheryl McNeil, and Deja Clement and Rachael Petrie, supervised by Dan McNeil.
Ben Rein was awarded the 2016 Quin Curtis Outstanding Senior Award. (April 2016)
Rachel Wolen was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award. (April 2016)
Rachel Bainbridge, Zachary Paitsel, Nicole Pellegrino, Michael Phillips, Allison Scott, Rebecca Speer, and Evan Turner are Psychology Seniors who were nominated to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Meritorious Performance in the Department of Psychology. (April 2016)
Ben Rein and Rebecca Spear were selected as winners of the 2016 Robert F. Munn Library Scholars Award from the University Libraries for their thesis projects.
Two psychology majors, Michael Phillips and Rebecca Speer, were recognized as Outstanding Seniors in April 2016.
Shelby Boggs, a psychology undergrad student who worked in D. Shook’s lab over the summer as part of theSURE program, and her poster at the 2015 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium was the winner in the Social Sciences category. (August 2015)
The 16th cohort of WVU McNair Scholars includes four psychology majors: Hanah Conlan (Surry, N.H.), Kelsey McCoy (Lewisburg, W.Va.), Courtney McDonald (Inwood, W.Va.), and Regan Summers (Elkview, W.Va.). The McNair Scholars program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education in honor of engineer, scientist and NASA astronaut Ronald E. McNair, who was killed in the 1986 Challenger explosion.
Kaitlyn Akers, the first student from Montgomery’s Valley High School to win a Bucklew Scholarship, plans on majoring in psychology when she begins her collegiate experience at WVU in the fall of 2015. Kaitlyn was also selected as one of 5 WVU Foundation Scholars. (May 2015)
The West Virginia University Libraries selected Matthew Trickett as a 2015 Robert F. Munn Undergraduate Library Scholar for his research. Click here to read about Matt’s accomplishment. (May 2015)
Mary Bonnette, was a finalist for the 2015 WVU Student Employee of the Year Award. Mary was recognized for her outstanding work in the Department of Psychology. (April 2015)
Christanne Connelly, was awarded the 2015 Quin Curtis Outstanding Senior Award. (April 2015)
Christianne Connelly and Ali El-Khatib, were awarded the 2015 WVU Outstanding Senior Award. (April 2015)
Christianne Connelly, Zachary Paitsel, Rebecca Speer, Tara Weese (majors) and Kathryn Baker (minor), were awarded the 2014-2015 Eberly Scholars. (April 2015)
Helena Lizon, was awarded the 2014-2015 Eberly Achievement Scholarship. (April 2015)
John Knopsnider, was awarded the 2014-2015 Eberly Family Arts and Sciences Scholarship. (April 2015)
Morgan Krieger, was awarded the 2014-2015 French-Hart Family Scholarship. (April 2015)
Claire Van Nosdall, was awarded the 2014-2015 Elizabeth Gorrell Harris Scholarship. (April 2015)
Benjamin Rein, was awarded the 2014-2015 George Jackson Endowment Arts and Sciences Scholarship. (April 2015)
Cheyenne Carpenter, and Rachael Petrie, were awarded the 2014-2015 Mary R. Laidley Memorial Scholarship. (April 2015)
Ali El-Khatib, Rachael Empson, were awarded the 2014-2015 John A. Malcomb Scholarship. (April 2015)
John Artimez, Zachary Paitsel, and Tara Weese (double majors in Philosophy and Psychology), were awarded the 2014-2015 Daniel Boardman Purinton Philosophy Scholarship. (April 2015)
Kaitlin Carlino, Ali El-Khatib, Lindsey Ives, Madison Mazza, Jennifer Owsiany, Emily Richmond, Miranda Riffle, and Alyssa Smith are Psychology Seniors who were nominated to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Meritorios Performance in the Department of Psychology. (April 2015)