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Arts & Letters Students Win Top Research Awards

Arts & Letters Students Win Top Research Awards


Students from various College of Arts & Letters departments received top honors for their research presentations at the Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposiums.

The Graduate Research Symposium, held March 9-10, showcased student work in four categories: poster, creative work, oral presentation and three-minute thesis.

Jonathan Goode, a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student, placed first in the three-minute thesis category with An Empirical Examination of Stigma Toward Mental Health Problems and Treatment Use in Veterans. The study, performed with Clinical Psychology associate professor Joshua Swift, investigates mental health stigma and attitudes toward treatment seeking in the veteran population.

Paul Williams, a master’s student in the Department of English, won the title of Top Oral Presentation in Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences. His thesis, Bigger On the Inside: Codifying the Chronotope of the Labyrinth, explores time and space within the framing of labyrinths in fantasy literature.

The Top Poster in Humanities, Behavioral and Social Sciences award was granted to Sheherezade Krzyzaniak, an Experimental Psychology Ph.D. student. Krzyzaniak completed Personality Judgment Accuracy and the Role of Psychological Well-Being and Cognitive Functioning with Chloe Pedersen, Jacob Gibson, Taeg Barclay and Experimental Psychology professor Tera Letzring. The project studies the role of individual characteristics in making accurate personality judgments.

At the Undergraduate Research Symposium, held April 12, 23 students from nine disciplines presented their work. Two members of the College of Arts & Letters displayed the top two posters of the symposium.

Psychology major Alan Dimmick took first place for his poster presentation titled A Laboratory Examination of Maladaptive Coping for Sexually Traumatized Women. Molly Draben, who graduated with a degree in Political Science this May, placed second for her paper Shaping Opinion: How Narratives Affect Policy Preferences of the Portneuf River.

“Our undergraduate students are so talented,” said Julie Bachman, Grants Compliance Manager for the Office of Research. “The judges usually judge graduate posters, and they both indicated that they could not believe that the posters were created by undergraduates.”

Written by Madison Shumway, College of Arts & Letters intern