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The Francis G. Hugo Prize In Psychology, named in honor of the late Professor Emeritus Francis G. Hugo who taught psychology at Hood from 1965 to 1976, 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 credit hours of psychology at Hood. This prize is awarded to Noel Jones.

Noel is a senior psychology major with a minor in management. He worked with Professor Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D. during the summers of 2014 and 2015 on Summer Research Institute grants, and he presented his research at two Southeastern Psychological association annual conference. In addition, Noel was invited to write a Departmental Honors research thesis this year, for which he has been developing a measurement tool to assess work-life conflict. He intends to pursue graduate study in industrial-organizational 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. Roberto Millar is this year’s winner.

Roberto is a senior psychology major with a minor in gerontology. In addition to participating in multiple research projects with psychology faculty, Rob has worked with troubled youth at A Better Tomorrow Starts Today Excel Youth Frederick and interned at Homewood at Crumland Farms. He is very active on campus, is a member of Psi Chi and has been a past recipient of the Dana Cable Community Service Award and the Frances Cutujian Award in Psychology. He has been accepted by the doctoral program in gerontology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the fall.

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 Nicole Wilson.

Nicole graduated in December magna cum laude with a major in psychology. She presented research at two Eastern Psychological Association annual conferences as well as co-presented two posters at the Society for Social and Personality Psychology annual conference. Nicole was invited to write a Departmental Honors research thesis her senior year; she assessed the effect of sexualized avatars on male and female video gamers’ self-esteem, and her thesis is currently under review for publication. Since graduation, she has continued to collaborate on research with psychology faculty, co-authoring two manuscripts soon to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals.

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

Carmelita is a senior psychology major with minors in literature and women’s and gender studies. As a research assistant in the Excellence in College Admission Preparation (ECAP) Laboratory, she actively mentored junior research assistants in research preparation, translation and transcription. She also recently finished an internship at the Mental Health Association.

The Dana Cable Community Service Award in Psychology, named in honor of the late Professor Dana Cable who taught psychology at Hood from 1972 to 2010, 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 Ivana Soce.

Ivana is a senior double major in psychology and business administration, with a concentration in marketing. A four- year member of the Rotaract Club, she has been president of the club for two years. She has also been involved with an annual bike collection in Frederick for the Bikes for the World organization, and she volunteers with the nonprofit Mission of Mercy in Frederick. She intends to return to Europe to pursue a master’s deree in industrial and organizational psychology.

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 or emotionally—during the current academic year. Krista Schline is this year’s recipient.

Krista is a senior psychology major with a minor in gerontology. Having excelled in her course work at Hood College while demonstrating an impressive degree of growth, Krista looks forward to using her knowledge gained in gerontology to eventually work with older adults in promoting their psychological well-being. Toward this goal, she is currently completing an internship at Daybreak Adult Day Services in Frederick.

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 to 2015, 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 Logan Otremba.

Logan is a senior psychology major who is exceptionally active in asking and answering questions, which greatly enhance the courses in which he has been enrolled. He has been a research assistant in the Social Cognition Emotion and Personality laboratory, where he has run psychology studies and helped analyze datasets.

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 or her academic work and personal life despite significant challenges and obstacles during the current academic year. Ingrid Gooch is the recipient of this award.

Ingrid is a double major in psychology and French. She received a Summer Research Institute grant under the direction of Professor Elizabeth MacDougall, Ph.D., and presented research at the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference. Ingrid was invited to write a Departmental Honors research thesis this year, for which she has been studying associations between paternal parenting and effective management of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She currently works as the assistant activities director of a local retirement community, and intends to pursue graduate study in clinical neuropsychology.