Academic Excellence Award

The Academic Excellence in Psychology Award honors the performance of undergraduate students in major classes and one award will be given annually for each major (PSY, BNS). Recipients of the prestigious award will have demonstrated scientific literacy, time management skills, outstanding in-class participation, excellent written or/and oral skills, critical thinking, and overall academic excellence. Award recipients are nominated by the Psychology faculty and selected by the Psychology Department Awards Committee.

Nomination Process

Psychology faculty will nominate candidates by submitting a supportive letter to the Psychology Department Awards Committee. Along with describing why the student is deserving of this award, please make sure this letter includes:

  •  The student’s GPA
  •  Relevant coursework
  • 1-2 artifacts of their work (e.g., paper or other assignment)
Timeline and Recognition

The Awards Committee will send an email calling for nominations beginning in December and faculty will have until mid-February to submit letters. The letters can be submitted anytime up until the deadline.

Winners will be selected in February and be announced in early March. Winners will be recognized at the Psychology Department Awards Ceremony in April. They will receive a framed certificate and they will be featured on the Department website.

Recipients of the Academic Excellence Award

Rachel Kloss

Rachel Kloss

How did you become interested in psychology?

I have been interested in psychology since my junior year of high school when I first took AP Psychology. The more I learned, the more interested I became in the field, making the decision to major in psychology quite easy. I have never had any doubts that this was the right choice for me because every psychology class that I have taken has only furthered my passion for the subject.

 

What has been your favorite psychology class and why?

This is a very difficult question, as all of my classes have been extremely interesting, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Psychopharmacology. This class was a big challenge for me because biochemistry has not been a strong suit of mine. Not only doing well in the class but also finding great enjoyment in the topic and feeling like I really comprehend what I am learning made overcoming the challenge of this class so much more rewarding. I often find myself referencing back to this class in everyday life, as the content is also applicable to many things outside of therapy.

 

What are you planning to do after graduation?

I am very happy to announce that I am committed to Michigan State University for my master's in Social Work this upcoming fall semester! With my master's, I plan to pursue a career in Marriage and Family Therapy!


Thomas McNett-Tremblay

Thomas McNett Tremblay

How did you become interested in psychology?

I became interested in Psychology my Freshman year of undergrad. I entered Grand Valley State as a sports management major but I quickly realized that I did not have a distinct plan in place with that degree. I felt that I would be better suited in a different major. Second semester of freshman year I took my intro to psychology class with Dr. Todd Williams where I became fascinated with all things psychology. After some advising meeting I ultimately decided on changing my major to psychology.

 

 What has been your favorite psychology class and why?

My favorite psychology course was Psychology and Education of Exceptional Child. This has been my favorite class because of the professor who taught it, Dr. Kristen Schrauben, and because it is most geared on what I want to go into in the future. This class was easy to stay engaged with and I was interested in nearly all of the topics given.

 

What are you planning to do after graduation?

After graduation I will be staying at Grand Valley State University and entering the School Psychology program to further my education.


Meghan G. Thornton

Meghan G. Thornton

How did you become interested in psychology?

I became interested in psychology because I wanted a career that would have a meaningful impact in the lives of others. The human mind and the ability to learn are fascinating. School Psychology providesa way to continue learning about the human mind while applying that knowledge to improving the lives of my students and their families.

 

 What has been your favorite psychology class and why?

My favorite course was Developmental Psychopathology. It was challenging and had a lot of information, but the subject was fascinating. It also provided a great deal of practical and meaningful interventions for children.

 

What are you planning to do after graduation?

After graduation I will be working as a school psychologist in East Grand Rapids Public Schools.




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