James Madison University

Psychology Celebrates Student Accomplishments

By Suzanne Baker
Posted:  May 3, 2016

Psyc Awards
The Department of Psychology gathered on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for its annual Awards Ceremony. Each year the Department presents awards for outstanding achievement in the classroom, in the lab, in practicum experiences, and in service. This year 22 students were recognized for a wide diversity of accomplishments, including performance in statistics and research methods classes, outstanding honors thesis, excellence in teaching, research, service, and overall academic performance.

In addition to those present to receive  awards, the ceremony also recognized students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (22 students) and Psi Chi (44 students), students who completed honors theses (9 students), and students who received grants during the year to support research and travel to conferences. The Department supported 75 students this year with grants to facilitate research and travel to professional conferences, and 3 students garnered external funding for their efforts.

The event was attended by approximately 100 guests, including faculty, students, their families, and friends of the Department. Special guests included emerita professor Dr. Eileen Nelson. A long-time member of the Psychology Department, Dr. Nelson was known for her caring mentorship of students, her supervision of numerous student thesis projects, and her founding of the Department’s Peer Advising program. The Department’s Scholarship for Senior Excellence is named in honor of Dr. Nelson. 
Also in attendance were Stephen Haynes, the son of Dr. Jerry O. Haynes, and other members of the Haynes family. Dr. Haynes was a beloved teacher in the Psychology Department who contributed a great deal to JMU during his time on the faculty. Each year the Department presents the Jerry O. Haynes Memorial Award to an outstanding senior student. Mr. Haynes spoke about his father’s love for JMU and its students and his passion for psychology, which lives on through JMU’s current outstanding psychology program and students.

More information about the year’s recognized students can be found on our website.

The Psychology Department is pleased to be able to recognize these students and support these and many other students. More information about contributing to the Department of Psychology is available online.