At our Senior Party this afternoon, we awarded two students our department awards.
The first award, the Eileen Gavin Award in Excellence in Psychology, went to Lee Danielsen. The award is given to a senior psychology major to honor Dr. Eileen Gavin, a College of St. Catherine alumna (1953) and devoted member of the Psychology Department and College for nearly 40 years. Eileen’s tireless energy and commitment to the psychology department has indelibly shaped the daily work of the psychology department. This award is intended to recognize Eileen’s significant contribution to the College of St. Catherine and to honor a student who has characteristics that Eileen heralds as essential to being a successful professional and citizen.
The students selected for this honor will best meet the following criteria:
- A psychology major graduating during the academic year of the award (December and May graduates will be considered).
- She must be a student of psychology rather than a pupil. She must have an insatiable appetite for knowledge, understanding, and growth as well as openness to diverse viewpoints. She must be a student for whom excellence means more than a perfect grade point average.
- She must have leadership skills that will generalize to whatever career path she chooses. These leadership skills along with her genuine interest in people and in working to better the lives of others allow her to be an effective and enthusiastic mentor who is committed to the building of communities.
- She must demonstrate resilience, authenticity and a strong sense of self. Eileen is particularly impressed with young women who overcome obstacles by relying on their keen analytic, social, and creative intelligences, their strong will, determination, and optimism, their high ethical standards, and their simple kindness and good-heartedness.
Congratulations Lee! During her time at St. Kate’s Lee whole-heartedly claimed her education. She was an enthusiastic participant in her classes and also served as a General Psychology laboratory instructor. Lee also participated in Summer Scholars with professor Andrea Olson. Lee’s passion and joy for learning made her well-regarded by peers and faculty alike. Lee will begin the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development at the University of Minnesota in the fall.
The second award, the Tom Thieman Award for Excellence in Psychological Research, went to Alexandria Thompson. The award is given to a senior psychology major to honor Dr. Tom Thieman, a devoted faculty member of the Psychology Department and University for over 35 years. Tom’s legacy inspires us to do as he did: be thorough and precise in all that we do, wisely gather and use data to make sound decisions, offer our service wherever it may be needed, generously share our time and talents with others, and gently guide those who will follow in our footsteps.
This psychology student award acknowledges excellence in the area of scientific inquiry, demonstrated by creatively framing research questions, writing authoritative background reviews, applying clear and elegant research methodologies, accurately using appropriate statistical analyses, clearly organizing and presenting empirical findings, and justifying applications and conclusions of one’s own and others’ results.
Evidence of the quality of a student’s work might include papers and/or presentations to external audiences via posters, talks or publications. Her work may be a single investigation or a collection of research projects. This award is for a psychology student who is the year’s most accomplished researcher in the making.
Congratulations Alexi! Alexi engaged in Summer Scholars with assistant professor Anaya Mitra and she demonstrated great research prowess throughout this project. Alexi proposed a project, sought full IRB approval, tirelessly collected data and enthusiastically analyzed her data and presented her work to external audiences. In addition to this experience Alexi also served as a General Psychology laboratory instructor where she shared her experience and interest in research with students. Alexi will begin the doctoral program in counseling psychology at Marquette University in the fall.