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A&M first year student Beth Perkins receives award for best paper

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Beth Perkins receiving the Best Presentation Award from Dr. Jie Chen, Dean of the Graduate School
Beth Perkins, who completed her first year in the Assessment & Measurement PhD program, was presented with the Best Presentation Award from JMU’s Graduate School. Beth presented her first-year research project titled “Remain Calm, This is Only a Test: Emotional Reactions During Testing and Their Relation to Performance”. Beth’s project was an empirical longitudinal study of the change in test-taking emotions during a low-stakes test and how that change impacted test performance. Beth conducted this work under the supervision of her advisor, Dr. Sara Finney and with first-year masters student Paulius Satkus. As noted below, Beth competed with students across several graduate programs and was judged by a panel of faculty and staff from across the university. Beth plans on submitting this research for conference presentation and for peer-reviewed publication.

THE GRADUATE SHOWCASE OF SCHOLARSHIP & CREATIVE ACTIVITIES, THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018 The Graduate School and the Honors Society are partnering to celebrate the excellence of scholarship and creativity at James Madison University. The Graduate Showcase of Scholarship & Creative Activities, Thursday, April 19, is an opportunity for graduate students from more than 60 degree programs at JMU to share their work with peers and professors in a professional conference setting. The Graduate Showcase will highlight research and creative projects through panel presentations and poster presentations. Judges will nominate one panel presentation and three poster presentations to receive top presentation awards with cash prizes for the winners. At the Awards Reception following the presentation sessions, The Graduate School will honor Showcase participants and announce the top presentation winners.