James Madison University

James O. Benedict Senior Teaching Award

This award is named for faculty member James O. Benedict, and honors a senior who has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in higher education in the field of Psychology, or who has served as a teaching assistant in Psychology while an undergraduate student. Once endowed, this award will become a scholarship will provide funds annually to a deserving student.

You can contribute to this fund by making a donation online. When making your donation please specify that your donation is intended to contribute to the James O. Benedict Scholarship (Account 25217) in the "Other Designation" field on the form.

2017 Award Recipient

Rebecca Seymour

PHOTO:Rebecca Seymour
  • Works with Dr. Trevor Stokes in the Inter-Professional Autism Clinic conducting research on parent-child interactions and other applications of behavioral principles.
  • Has been a teaching assistant for Dr. JoAnne Brewster in Abnormal Psychology and has conducted review sessions and given mini-lectures. She is also the coordinator for Dr. Brewster's tutoring program. In addition, she has been a teaching assistant for Dr. Bryan Saville in Psychology of Learning.
  • Has been on the JMU President's List for the last two semesters.
  • Has worked with underprivileged children in an after-school community service program.


2016 Award Recipient

Rachel Youssef

PHOTO:Rachel Youssef

Rachel is double major in Psychology and Economics. She has conducted research with Dr. Dan Holt on the topic of delay discounting and with Dr. Bryan Saville on the topic of passion for academic activities. Rachel has been on the Dean’s list numerous times and has also served as a PASS (peer-assisted study session) instructor for Introduction to Macroeconomics. In addition, she has worked with Dr. Saville for the past 2.5 years, serving as a teaching assistant for Psychological Research Methods (two times) and for Psychology of Learning (three times). Over the past year, Rachel has become very interested in teaching and hopes to pursue graduate education in the area of behavioral economics and a career in academics.