Monthly Archives: May 2020

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Department of Psychology’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is sharing the following resources for our department community to inspire further learning and conversation:

Psi Chi Faculty and Graduate Student of the Year for 2020

Psi Chi president Mackenzie Trevethan announced the 2020 recipients of the Psi Chi’s Faculty and Graduate Student of the Year awards. These honors are based on nominations and subsequent voting from our psychology majors. Brooke Cropenbaker was named Psi Chi Faculty Member of the Year and Max Teaford was named Psi Chi Graduate Student of the Year. Congrats to Brooke (this is her fourth time receiving this honor since joining our faculty in 2009) and Max (Jay Smart, advisor)!

Dissertation, Capretta scholars named

The Department of Psychology is pleased to announce that Alejandro Trujillo has been selected as Dissertation Scholar for the 2020-21 AY. Alejandro studies the processes underlying, and the consequences resulting from, social belongingness in areas including self-harm and intergroup relations. The Dissertation Scholarship will allow him to devote his full time to his dissertation work next year. Congrats to Alejandro (and his advisor, Heather Claypool)!

The Department of Psychology is also pleased to announce that the faculty have recommended that six of its graduate students be recognized with the Patrick J. Capretta Memorial Scholarship: Pankhuri Aggarwal (Vaishali Raval, advisor), Mitch Dandignac (Chris Wolfe, advisor), Joey Fredrick (Aaron Luebbe, advisor), Katie Knauft (Vrinda Kalia, advisor), Shelby Ortiz (April Smith, advisor), and Randi Phelps (Liz Kiel, advisor). The Capretta Scholarship recognizes the creation and dissemination of graduate student research and scholarship. Congrats to all of our Capretta recipients and their advisors!

Miami virtual graduation ceremonies May 16-17

Because of COVID-19, Miami will offer a virtual commencement experience on May 16 and 17 (visit website for details). Each division will hold its own virtual commencement, with the College of Arts and Science on Saturday (May 16) at 5 p.m., and the Graduate School on Sunday (May 17) at 9:30 a.m. Students will be able to congregate in virtual chatrooms to share in their experience. Miami is planning an in-person graduation ceremony to take place on September 12-13 (no additional details are available at this time).