Reception honoring Department graduates and their families. Will begin at end of graduation ceremonies
GRADUATE STUDENT MANDATORY MEETING
The 2009 Graduate Student Mandatory Meeting will be held on 8/28/09 in Room 1142 at 10 a.m. All graduate students are expected to attend.
PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATION CEREMONY
The Psychology Department graduation was held on May 22 at Richie Coliseum. Faculty members hooded eighteen new doctoral graduates.
GRADUATION RECEPTION AT THE DAIRY
Tom Wallsten, Psychology Department Chair, invited the new graduates, their families and friends to a reception at the University of Maryland Dairy.
GRADUATE STUDENT COMPUTER LAB
We are proud to announce the opening of our new Graduate Computer Lab! The lab we designed with input from the Psychology graduates students and currently has 8 PCs and 2 MACS available for use. The lab is located in room 1220 of the BioPsychology Building, access to the lab is limited to Psychology graduate students. The Graduate Computer Lab was co-funded by BSOS and the Department of Psychology.
OUTSTANDING TEACHING ASSISTANTS SUPPORTING GRADUATE EDCUATION
The Psychology Department has recognized Tracy Tomlinson and Juliet Aiken as outstanding Teaching Assistants for their work with Psyc 601 and Psyc 602. Although the University does not have a formal award for outstanding teaching assistants for graduate courses, both faculty and students asked us to recognize Tracy and Juliet. To quote one student:
“Tracy and Juliet are the teaching assistants for the graduate statistics
cores in our department. As a team, they have lead the current first-year
cohort through the sometimes-intimidating land of statistical tests and
study designs. In addition to their tireless efforts to ensure that every
student understands the material, they display a passion for statistics that
not only puts students at ease with the subject but also inspires them to
expand and apply their statistical knowledge beyond the course.”
2008-2009 Psychology Distinguished Teaching Assistants
The following were recognized as Distinguished Teaching Assistants: Maria Wydra, Bryann Baker, Carrie Veneman, Patricia Spangler, Ann Hummel, Jingqing Liu, Dustin Richardson and Julie O’Brien. These students were nominated by faculty for the excellent support they provided the undergraduate courses they TA’d.
Graduate Summer Research Fellowship Awards
Juliet Aiken and Katie Ehrlich were awarded Summer Research Fellowship Awards from the Graduate School. These fellowships are awarded to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career," that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy, and are intended to enable students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program's requirements.
The George M. Phillips Award
Elizabeth Reynolds received The George M. Phillips Award. Ms. Reynolds studies drug abuse, gender differences and risk factors for HIV infection, and focuses on female crack/cocaine users. In her research she has found that women who enter residential substance use treatment centers used crack cocaine more than men and are more likely to be dependent than men; she has looked at risk factors contributing to the familiar to use condoms; and she has looked at the potential psychological, social, cultural and economic factors that might play a role in increasing the HIV infection vulnerability among urban crack/cocaine dependent females. The results of this work can be used to develop individualized drug prevention and treatment programs. Ms. Reynolds carries out her studies at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Residential Drug Treatment Center in Washington, D.C., where she has also volunteered her time for clinical services and assessments for residents for the past two years.
Excellence in Teaching Award
Marianne Dunn received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Ms. Dunn’s goal as an educator is to give her students a passion for learning and a thirst for knowledge. She says she tries to inspire students to believe in their abilities to realize their dreams. A common theme emerges from teaching evaluations – that she is passionate about counseling, is enthusiastic, caring, knowledgeable and engaging. Last year she won the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award from the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Dunn is a wonderful mentor to teaching assistants working with her, holding weekly meetings with them to guide their development. She also mentors students who are on her research team and has been instrumental in many students’ pursuit of graduate school.