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Outstanding Senior Award in Psychological Sciences

Award Description:

This award recognizes one outstanding graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular service activities, and leadership. Each winner will receive a recognition desk set and his/her name inscribed on a permanent plaque.  Each Outstanding Senior and his/her parents (or two guests selected by each winner) will also be invited to dinner where they will be honored during the HHS Alumni Awards Dinner in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.


January 21 of each year

Criteria and Selection:

Selected by the Undergraduate Committee of the Department of Psychological Sciences on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Academic success
  • Demonstrated commitment to the major
  • Balancing of the academic load with extracurricular activities and/or a job
  • Demonstrated leadership ability
  • Graduation any time during the current calendar year

Application Materials:

  • Vita/Resume
  • Transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member (sent directly to DUS)
  • Cover letter that summarizes information relevant to the award criteria

Materials may be mailed or e-mailed to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (dus@psych.purdue.edu) or placed in her mailbox in PRCE.


Prof. Susan Swithers, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Purdue University, Department of Psychological Sciences, 703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081. dus@psych.purdue.edu

Past Winners:

1985               Nancy Marchand

1986               Ionna Pantazi

1987               Julie Kable

1988               Christina Bellanti

1989               Robin Thomas

1990               Christine Coussens

1991               Ric Paul Waits

1992               Stephanie L. Dingman

1993               R. Randall Robison

1994               Natalie A. Milbrandt

1995               Judith G. Gainer

1996               Renee N. Fowler

1997               Amy Trowbridge

1998               Katherine Gapinski

1999               Stephanie Albertson

2000               Jennifer Dobbs

2001               Katherine Colby

2002               Kristen Sweat

2003               Kari Terzino

2004               Cheryl Macy

2005               Emily J. Gurry

2006               Aimee Smith

2007               Emily E. Good

2008               Nicole Pucci

2009               Megan Smith

2010               Judith Asem

2011               Amber Jarnecke

2012               Afrida Rahman

2013               Jonathan Oskvarek

2014               Amanda Van Camp