James Madison University

Senior Award for Academic Achievement

This award is given to senior students who have demonstrated significant overall academic achievement in their undergraduate studies, and especially in psychology.

2017 Award Recipient


Not awarded 2017.

2016 Award Recipient


Emily Davis

PHOTO:Emily Davis
Emily Davis is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Nonprofit Studies.  She has been involved in research in Dr. David Szwedo’s social relationships lab and has been a teaching assistant for Dr. Vivien Chan’s Statistics and Research Methods courses.  Emily has also been active in service at JMU by being a Peer Advisor and outside of JMU by completing an internship abroad in Haiti working with Streethearts, an organization that provides a safe house for homeless boys.  Emily has maintained impressive academic standards.  In addition to consistently being on the President’s List, Emily has previously received a department award for Outstanding Achievement in Statistics and Research Methods.  She is a member of Psi-Chi and Phi Kappa Phi and hopes to be a government consultant in the area of assessment and leadership development.

David Deck

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David Deck is a senior psychology major with a minor in criminal justice.  He has conducted research with Dr. Ashton Trice and has been a teaching assistant for Dr. Janna Taft Young’s General Psychology course.  David has also been involved in service activities, including the Boys and Girls Club and Second Home.   In addition to these activities, David has an impressive academic record, including being a recipient of the Thomas Dingledine Endowment Scholarship.  He has consistently been on the President’s List and is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and Psi-Chi.

Garrett Simkins

PHOTO:Garrett Simkins
Garrett is an exceptional student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing while pursuing the Pre-Medicine Pre-Professional Program.  He has earned recognition on the President’s Honors List for all semesters of JMU attendance.  In addition to managing a rigorous course load, Garrett is conducting research under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox.  He is responsible for daily animal care, surgery preparation, animal behavior testing, data collection, and project design.  Garrett regularly volunteers with multiple programs including Overcoming Barriers, Day with the Dukes, Adapted Sports Day, Helping Hands, and the Harrisonburg Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  Following graduation, Garrett intends to apply to medical school and pursue a career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.