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The Francis G. Hugo Prize in Psychology is named in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Francis G. Hugo who taught psychology at Hood from 1965 through 1976. The prize is awarded to the psychology major with the highest academic average in psychology courses taken at Hood. To be eligible, the student must have been a student
at Hood for at least four semesters and must have taken a minimum of 30 hours of psychology at Hood. This prize is awarded to Gemma Hunt.

Gemma is a senior in the Honors Program, who is majoring in psychology and minoring in criminology and de- linquency. She was chosen for a competitive summer internship working with the FBI. She was also invited by the department to pursue a yearlong Departmental Honors paper, in which she studied the effect of educational levels on prison sentence length. In the fall, she will be enrolling at George Washington University to pursue a master’s degree in forensic psychology.

The Exceptional Achievement Award in Psychology is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the psychology department faculty, has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and promise in the field of psychology during the current academic year. Jeffery Larson is this year’s winner.

Jeff is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology, as well as women and gender studies. He is in the computer science club and Close Knit (a stitching club). He was invited by the department to pursue a yearlong Departmental Honors paper in which he studied the effect of music lyrics on sexual attraction patterns in emerging adults. Jeff will graduate in May and plans to take a year off while preparing for graduate school.

The Outstanding Research Contribution Award in Psychology is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the psychology department faculty, has demonstrated exceptional achievement and contribution in research during the current academic year. The award recipient is Belina Onomake.

Belina is a senior in the Honors Program, who is majoring in psychology. She was awarded a Summer Research Insti- tute grant with Dr. Trent, in which they studied how cultural and ethnic differences play a role in rst impressions. She presented her work at the Eastern Psychological Association and the Society for Social and Personality Psychology confer- ences. She was invited by the department to pursue a yearlong Departmental Honors papers, in which she studied the effect of stereotype threat on quantitative reasoning and its relationship with ethnic achievement gaps.

The Linda Scott Outstanding Award in Psychology is named in honor of Linda Scott who taught psychology at Hood from 1982 through 2011. It is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the psychology department faculty, has demonstrated the greatest service mentoring or tutoring his/her peers during the current academic year. Stephanie Kesner is this year’s recipient.

Stephanie is a junior in the Honors Program, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She is a research assistant in Dr. Trent’s SCEP Psych Lab, and has greatly helped her classmates in the required research methods courses this year. She has been invited by the department to write a yearlong Departmental Honors paper next year, and is thinking of pursuing graduate studies in counseling psychology.

The Dana Cable Community Service Award in Psychology is named in honor of the late Professor Dana Cable who taught psychology at Hood from 1972 through 2010. It is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the psychology department faculty, has demonstrated significant community service and leadership during the current academic year. The award recipient is Abbey McAlister.

Abbey is a sophomore in the Honors Program, majoring in psychology and minoring in women and gender studies, as well as social work pre-professional practice. Over the past two years, she has volunteered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Frederick Rescue Mission. With her recent acceptances into the Ionic Society and Psi Chi Honor Society, she hopes to contribute further to the com- munity.

The Frances C. Cutujian Award in Psychology, established in 1949 in honor of the late Frances C. Cutujian Professor of Psychology, is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the psychology department faculty, has demonstrated the greatest degree of personal growth (intellectually, socially and/or emotionally) during the current academic year. Emily Higby is this year’s recipient.

Emily is a senior double majoring in psychology and Spanish. She studied abroad in Spain and, with her language and psychology skills, pursued two internships with the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County. She is head resi- dent assistant of one of the newly implemented rst-year resident halls, vice president of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and events coordinator for the Blazer Ambassadors. Emily will be graduating in May and hopes to teach Spanish or English as a Foreign Language while pursuing her master’s degree in counseling.

The Robert W. Boyle Outstanding Achievement in Statistics Book Award in Psychology, named in honor of the late Professor Robert Boyle who taught psychology at Hood from 1980 through 2015. It is awarded to the student who earned the highest grade in the required statistics course during the past two semesters. This year’s recipient is Hailey Poisal.

Hailey, a junior in the Honors Program, is double majoring in history and secondary education, and minoring in psychology. She spends one day a week at Oakdale Middle School and volunteers as coach for Girls on the Run. She is involved in the Feminist Student Union, the Student Education Association, Alpha Lambda Delta, SAAC/ SPURS and Phi Alpha Theta. When she graduates, she hopes to be a high school psychology teacher and eventu- ally pursue graduate studies.

The “Grit” Book Award in Psychology is awarded to the student who, in the judgment of the psychology department faculty, has demonstrated remarkable tenacity, resilience, focus and determination in his/her academic work and personal life during the current academic year. Hannah Weis is the recipient of this award.

Hannah is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in gerontology. After her impressive work during a gerontology practicum at the Edenton Retirement Community, her supervisor hired her to work part time as an activities coordinator with memory-impaired residents. Hannah has demonstrated determination and perseverance to be one of the rst in her family to be graduating from college, and her kindness, compassion and empathy for others shines through. Hannah will graduate in May and plans to continue to work for a year before applying to graduate school in counseling.