by on May 1, 2017

We are excited to announce that Michelle Francis, a second year graduate student in the WFU Psychology Department, is the recipient of the 2017 Melson Outstanding Masters Student Award for 2017.

CONGRATULATIONS to Michelle and to her thesis advisor, Dr. Lara Kammrath.

Michelle will receive this award during the May Hooding & Awards ceremony on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00.  This competitive award is based on students’ academic records, departmental citizenship, and research productivity and quality.

We are thrilled that Michelle is the 4th student (3 students in a row!) from our department to receive this award — the 2016 winner was Timothy Valshtein (advisor Dr. Catherine Seta) and the 2105 winner was Taylor Bolt (advisor Dr. Dale Dagenbach). Erica Carlson (advisor: Dr. Michael Furr) received the award several years ago.

Michelle came to our department from the University of Pittsburgh where she received a degree in psychology with minors in both applied statistics and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. Her thesis research with Dr. Kammrath focuses on how people choose others for social support and the emotional outcomes of these choices.

Shortly after commencement, Michelle will enter a position as an Intermediate Research Specialist at UVA’s Curry School of Education in a lab in the Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL).

We will miss Michelle and wish her the best! We have no doubt that she will continue to enjoy success!

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