James Madison University

Casey Mitschele Dorsey Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes a single student who has a record of exceptional experiences and performance from among her or his peers.  The award is made possible by the generous donations of JMU alumni, Casey M. Dorsey and her husband Jeffrey.

2017 Award Recipient


Michael Keiter

PHOTO: Michael Keiter
  • Works with Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox conducting research with rats for which he has performed supervised surgery, written an IACUC (ethics board) proposal, engaged in behavioral testing, trained new members of the lab, engaged in administrative duties; he also works with Dr. Kethera Fogler to study perceptions of sexual assault victims.
  • Served as a Psychology Peer Advisor and has presented PPA-related work at a regional conference.
  • Completed Field Placement at RMH- Behavioral Health Unit
  • Has been awarded the Jerry O. Haynes Memorial Award for Outstanding Seniors in the Department of Psychology and is the recipient of LiUNA Union Scholarship and the George Warren Chappelear Jr. Scholarship.

2016 Award Recipient


Grant Pointon

PHOTO: Grant Pointon

Grant has been extremely active in multiple research labs during his four years at JMU. With Dr. Jeff Dyche, he has been involved in research on sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption in rats, which was presented at the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Research Conference at UVA. With Dr. Claire Lyons, he has investigated cognitive flexibility practice, work that has direct implications for effective undergraduate teaching. His honors thesis, currently being completed with advisor Dr. Michael Hall, is examining cognitive coping strategies for managing pain. Grant has also been a teaching assistant for Dr. Janna Taft-Young’s General Psychology course. A competitive snowboarder, he has volunteered with Overcoming Barriers, an organization that aims to teach sports and exercise techniques to young adults with intellectual disabilities. Grant has been named to the Dean’s and President’s Lists multiple times and is a member of Psi Chi, for which he also serves as Membership Coordinator. Previously Grant has won the Junior Award for Achievement in Research. This fall, Grant will begin a Ph.D. program at the University of Utah, studying cognitive psychology and enjoying the snow.