Grant News

In AY13-14...

Utsav Gyawali '14 received a Sigma Xi Grant of $1,000 in support of his SMP research, "Reversal of Compulsive Cocaine Seeking in Neonatal Ventral Hippocampal Lesion Model of Schizophrenia" (under the mentorship of Dr. Anne Marie Brady). He will present his findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C. in November 2014. Utsav was active in research in the Behavioral Neuroscience lab in both his junior and senior years. The grant also helped to cover some findings he presented at the 2013 SFN meeting.

Utsav Gyawali '14 with mentor Dr. Anne Marie Brady

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Alumni Spotlight


Niki Novak '09

Jennifer "Niki" Novak earned her Master's degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chestnut Hill College in 2011. She is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at DC Counseling and Psychotherapy and Director of Training and Quality Improvement at Pathways to Housing in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Wes Jordan with Stephania D'Abrosio, Nicole DeAngeli, Michelle Klima, and Heather Pribut.

SMP Spotlight

48 students completed an SMP in psychology in AY13-14. Congratulations to them all!

At the end of each year, mentors select particularly outstanding SMPs to be featured in our PsycSMP Showcase. 13-14 Showcase projects were written by Stephania D'Ambrosio, Nicole DeAngeli, Allison Herrington, Michelle Klima, Meshan Lehmann, Heather Pribut, and Ciara Willett.

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Lisa Zsebedics Award

Established in 1985 in memory of a former student, to recognize an outstanding first-year student or sophomore committed to studying human developmental processes

  • 2014 Winner: Elaine Bucknam
  • 2013 Winner: Sarah Woods
  • 2012 Winner: Colleen Hughes
  • 2011 Winner: Laura Koler
  • 2010 Winner: Julie Walter

Wilhelm Wundt Award

Established in 2003 to recognize a student's excellence in quantitative and methodological course work.

  • 2014 Winner: Heather Pribut
  • 2013 Winner: Emily Nielson
  • 2012 Winner: Liza Sitz
  • 2011 Winner: Katherine Grein
  • 2010 Winner: Claire Marian

Margaret Floy Washburn Award

Established in 1990 to recognize a junior or senior psychology major exemplifying superior understanding of research and experimentation in psychology.

  • 2014 Winner: Anna Agarunova
  • 2013 Winner: Liza Sitz
  • 2012 Winner: Katherine Grein
  • 2011 Winner: Kaitlin Gaylor
  • 2010 Winner: Stephanie Klapper

Psychology Major Award

Established in 1993 to recognize a psychology major who demonstrates superior understanding of the themes and methods of the discipline.

  • 2014 Winner: Anna Agarunova
  • 2013 Winner: Katherine Grein
  • 2012 Winner: Katerina Placek
  • 2011 Winner: Kevin Turek
  • 2010 Winner: Katharine Bamberger

Human Services Award

Established in 1993 to recognize a junior or senior psychology, human development, or human studies major who demonstrates outstanding potential as a practitioner in human services.

  • 2014 Winner: Brandi Webb
  • 2013 Winner: Laura Koler
  • 2012 Winners: Emily Saari and Alyssa Glasser
  • 2011 Winner: Nicole Casasa-Blouin
  • 2010 Winner: Ashleigh Dueker

Department of Psychology SMP Award

Established in 2011 to recognize outstanding work in the 8-credit St. Mary’s Project.  Up to two awards may be given annually to recognize and commend this work.  Only declared psychology majors who are expected to graduate in a given year and have already completed or are registered for and expected to complete 8 credits of PSYC493/494 are eligible to be nominated for, and receive, this award. The award will be individualized to the awardee and can be a gift or check, not to exceed $100.

  • 2014 Winner: Colleen Hughes
  • 2013 Winner: Katherine Grein
  • 2012 Winners: Jackie Fullerton and Katerina Placek
  • 2011 Winner: David Johnson