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Department of Psychology

Honors & Awards


The Psychology Department takes pride in the hard work and accomplishments of its majors! We are proud of their diligence in their studies, but often even more impressed by their use of classroom information in real life settings to offer service to others on campus or in the community. The Department recognizes the achievements of Psychology students with several different awards and honors, and also provides opportunities for students to display their accomplishments through projects and presentations. Below are some of the opportunities for honors and awards for Psychology students at Messiah.


Departmental Honors Projects - This is an independent research program for students who have a strong academic record for five previous semesters of college study. Overall GPA of 3.5 and departmental approval are required for enrollment. Students in the Messiah College Honors Program can complete their required Honor’s Projects by completing a departmental honors project. . In the meantime, talk to any Psychology faculty member about your interest in this project.


Olivia Scott presenting her Senior Honors Project,

"Barriers to student willingness to use campus mental health services", May 2012.


Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities -

A National Award given annually to recognize outstanding student leaders who enhance the positive image of American youth through their contributions to community and school. Specifically, students are nominated for their scholastic and academic performance, their character and faith, and their leadership, service, and reconciliation commitments. All nominations are made by teh faculty within the departemnt of the student's major.


Dr. Dorothy J. Gish Women in Leadership Award - A monetary award given to full-time female students at Messiah College who aspire to develop their gifts and advance in leadership roles. For more information, see the Gish Award web page.

Student Poster Awards (Conferences) - Our students frequently have opportunities to display research or theoretical papers they have prepared in a poster format at various conferences. Typically, independent judges will assess the posters and present monetary awards, certificates and/or ribbons for the top posters.


Outstanding Senior Award (Graduating Seniors Only) - Two separate awards are given each year to graduating seniors who have displayed exemplary academic, service, and leadership abilities. The awards are voted on by the Psychology faculty. For more information about these awards, follow the link above.  


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