Montana State University

Department of Psychology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173440
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440

Tel: (406) 994-3801
Fax: (406) 994-3804
Location: 319 Traphagen Hall

Department Chair

Dr. Keith Hutchison

Dept Administrative Associate

Brenda Lewis

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Psychology Student News

Psychology has two 2012 awardees of Women's Center Students of Achievement, for outstandingly promoting diversity and equality, demonstrating leadership abilities, excelling in school work, and serving as strong roles models for peers. One of them is Conrad Burbank, a starting offensive lineman for the Bobcats for four years. He has also won other awards. He has worked as an advocate and educator for MSU's Victim Options in the Campus Environment (VOICE) Center. He plans to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology. Although he is not the first man to win this award, he is the first MSU football player to win it.

The other awardee is Jenny Lawson. She has also received other awards. She is involved with many activities, including serving as ASMSU President. She has also been working at the VOICE Center. She will begin working as a volunteer in the House of Hope orphanage home in Gulu, Uganda. After Jenny finishes serving in Uganda, she will begin to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. Congratulations and best wishes to both of our students!

Zachary Shipsted, who received an M.S. degree from our program at MSU, has published a paper (as first author) in the prestigeous journal, Psychological Bulletin. To read his article, click here.

Sasha Dingle (whose photo appears on our homepage) received a Fulbright Fellowship for one year of international research or teaching in Vietnam. Ms. Dingle, who is from Jerico, Vermont, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology in December, 2010, and she is a competitive freeskier. For earlier information about her, please see below.

Ivie English, who graduated from MSU in 2009 with degrees in Spanish and Psychology, received a Fulbright at-large award to teach in Mexico. She is originally from Great Falls, Montana.

Three of our undergraduate students, Francisco Velasco, Erin Miller, and Sahsa Dingle, were named McNair Scholars. The first two presened posters at the 1st Annual McNair Scholars’ Poster Showcase, at MSU, on November 30, 2010.

Sasha Dingle's McNair research evaluated the impact of Hopa Mountain's Youth Leadership Program on adolescent participants. This research involved two parts: (a) creating an appropriate evaluation instrument that measures internal and external aspects of leadership development in adolescents--civic engagement, caring behavior, achievement motivation, presence of caring adult/mentor, positive view of personal future--that have secondary impact on resilience, future educational/career success and creation of healthy communities; and (b) distribution of the instrument for evaluation of program efficacy. She attended the APA conference in San Diego.

Benjamin Burns, a senior in the psychology department in Bozeman, recently volunteered to work in South Africa in a school for mentally and physically handicapped children who are HIV positive. Some of his responsibilities included developing schedules and lesson plans for teachers, as well as working directly with the children. He was commended in a recent newsletter from the new MSU President, Waded Cruzado, "for his important efforts." To read his full account, click here.

Heather Parsons was MSU's first Native American ROTC grad. Click here for a complete story.

Kristin Hawkinson received a 2010 Society for Social Psychology Graduate Student Award.

Bethany Spring and Chase Ladd are the 2010-2011 Outstanding Psychology Student Award winners.

Kalli Vennes and Meg Huntoon were the 2009-2010 Outstanding Psychology Student Award winners.

Matthew Widdekind received a $1000 "Student and Young Investigator Travel Award" to attend the 3rd Biennial IDeA Symposium in Maryland, Summer 2010.

Meg Huntoon was the 2010 MSU winner of the Septemviri award.

Six of our undergraduates presented their research at the National Undergraduate Conference in Missoula, Montana, in April, 2010: Candace Raymond, Meg Huntoon, Sohaila Dadelahi, Amber Ferris, Tony Heintz, and Matthew Widdekind.

Jill Wagaman (M.S., 2009) appeared on the front cover of the August 2008 issue of the APS Observer. Click here for the full front cover, and click here for a close-up of her photo.