Jenna Beaver brought to George Mason University her fascination with the workings of the human mind and a drive to challenge herself. She took on the rigorous curriculum of the university's Honors College, and received a rare invitation to work as a research assistant in a campus psychology lab as a freshman.
Motivated by the opportunity to take part in undergraduate research under the direct supervision of a faculty member, Jenna joined the psychology honors program as a sophomore, although the program is geared towards students in their junior and senior years. In the program, her research considers whether the link between a subject's thoughts of suicide and impuslvity towards suicidal action are moderated by his or her perception of meaning in life.
Active in her panhellenic national women's fraternity, Jenna has served as its academic achievement chair and has been active in its charitable fundraising. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, and the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society. Her professors praise her "intelligence, hard work, responsibility, and talent for research."
Jenna has maintained this high level of academic and research success while working at the university, for Connect2Mason.com (online student media) and Office of Housing and Residence Life. She indicates that maintaining a busy schedule has helped with her time management skills.