Psychology Major and Minor luncheon

Students and faculty gathered in the Mary Sue Cushman Room at 12:30 on Thursday, April 25, to reflect on the accomplishments of the academic year. 

Associate Professor and Chair Helen Bateman welcomed everyone to the luncheon, particularly the newly declared majors in the class of 2015.  She mentioned the future plans of several seniors as well as recent graduate school acceptances of recent alumni. 

Dr. Bateman then recognized the seniors whose Comprehensive Examination essay was evaluated, independently by two full-time faculty members, as meriting the grade of Distinction

  • Kaitlyn Breiten 
  • Matt Hagler
  • Sarah Haroldson 

Assistant Professor Jessica Siegel, the faculty advisor, presented membership certificates and pins to eleven new members of Psi Chi–the International Honor Society in Psychology

Dr. Siegel briefly described the new, interdisciplinary minor in Neuroscience that was approved by the College Faculty earlier this month. 

Psychology majors initiated into Phi Beta Kappa were recognized by Professor Charles Peyser.  There now have been fifteen psychology major Phi Beta Kappa members in the last seven years. 

  • Matt Hagler ’13  (elected as a junior) 
  • Amy Nystrand ’13

Unlike Phi Beta Kappa membership, which is based solely on an individual’s cumulative grade-point-average in all College work, departmental honors are based on distinguished work in psychology during one’s time as an undergraduate.  Dr. Peyser had the privilege of announcing the members of the class of 2013 who will receive their degrees with honors in Psychology

  • Marci Weber 
  • Amy Nystrand
  • Sarah Haroldson
  • Matt Hagler
  • Kaitlyn Breiten

Each will receive a letter signed by every member of the Department that reads, in part,

Having reviewed your work in psychology—your coursework, your performance on the comprehensive examination, and your additional intellectual accomplishments in psychology—we are delighted to award you Honors in Psychology.  This fact will appear both on your diploma—suitably encrypted in Latin—and on your transcript.  Congratulations on an exceptional undergraduate career!

Associate Professor Karen Yu then announced the 16 students who have been admitted to the Yale summer internship program.  She briefly described the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program, which includes one semester and one summer.

Dr. Yu described the new psychology collaborative seminar Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia … co-taught with Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology Linda Mayes ’73.  Some seventeen scholars, each affiliated in some way with the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center, joined Sewanee professors Bateman, Yu, Siegel, and Jon Evans in hosting sessions.  [13 news stories on the visiting scholars, dated January 29–April 19, may be found on this site.]  The seminar will next be offered in spring 2014.

Research Professor Sherry Hamby, its principal investigator, described the mixed-methods evaluation of the Laws of Life essay contest now underway.  After introducing the three program staff present, she described opportunities for students to become involved.  Two –soon to be three– of the staff are recently graduated psychology majors.