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June 4, 2008
Contact: Tricia Zerger, Department of Psychology, (785) 864-9834.

KU psychology department honors 110 students

LAWRENCE — About 110 seniors in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas were honored during the department’s first graduate recognition ceremony May 16.

Greg Simpson, professor and department chair, and Joseph Steinmetz, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, welcomed the students and their guests in Murphy Hall’s Crafton-Preyer Theatre. A reception followed the ceremony.

Erik Thomas Nelson, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology, addressed the undergraduates. He is the outgoing president of the KU chapter of Psi Chi, national honors society in psychology.

Dennis Karpowitz, director of undergraduate studies in psychology, and Ruth Ann Atchley, director of the cognitive science undergraduate program, introduced each graduating senior. They were then congratulated by Simpson, Steinmetz and Kim McNeley, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Patricia Hawley, associate professor, presented engraved plaques to four graduating seniors. The award winners and student speaker are listed below by hometown, award, parents’ names and high school.

From Olathe 66062
Sarah Beals received the Senior Award for Outstanding Performance for excellence in academics, research and service to the department. She graduated with degrees in psychology and journalism. Next fall she will be a master’s degree student in clinical child psychology. She is the daughter of Jonathan and Cindy Beals and is an Olathe South High School graduate.

Erik Thomas Nelson, speaker, earned a degree in cognitive psychology. He is the son of Thomas and Lynell Nelson and is an Olathe South High School graduate.

From Overland Park 66223
Megan Elizabeth Hodges received the Growth and Achievement Award recognizing an undergraduate who demonstrated outstanding academic performance. She earned a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Ronnie and Diane Hodges and is a Blue Valley High School graduate.

From Larned 67550
Amber Marie Humphrey received the Service Award for active involvement in the community. She earned a degree in psychology. She is the daughter of Ruth Augmon and is a Larned High School graduate.

From Topeka 66616
Richard Aaron Martinez received the Award for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate. He graduated with degrees in American studies and psychology. He is the son of Kirsten Martinez and is a Topeka High School graduate.


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