Psychology

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Undergraduate Awards

Jeanne C. Mellinger Award

The Mellinger Award candidate must be an undergraduate psychology major, who is a graduating senior, and who has a minimum 3.50 overall GPA and a 3.70 Psychology GPA in 60 or more total hours at George Mason University.  Graduating seniors in their last semester may include current hours toward the total of 60 if the Psychology Department faculty judge that their overall GPA and Psychology GPA are likely to remain at or above the minimums.  The successful candidate should also demonstrate scholarship, leadership, and service to the department, university, and/or community through activities such as assisting faculty in research, serving actively in honor societies (e.g., Psi Chi, Golden Key, Alpha Chi), and student organizations (e.g., Psychology Club, Habitat for Humanity), and/or volunteering in mental health organizations, nursing homes, schools, churches, etc. 

Nominations can be made only by full-time faculty.  Each nomination must include a brief statement of qualifications written by the faculty member, an unofficial transcript, and a resume of the nominee. 

Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher

Candidates for this award must be seniors who have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00, and a minimum grade point average in their psychology coursework of 3.25, while having completed, by graduation, a minimum of 45 credits taken at GMU.  The successful candidate will be the one who has excelled at research, either through development of his/her won project or through contribution to laboratories on campus or in the community.  Relevant publications and presentations will be considered when choosing a winner. 

Nominations must be submitted to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Jim Sanford) by full-time or adjunct faculty members with knowledge of the candidate’s research experience.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications written by the faculty member, an unofficial transcript, a resume of the nominee, and copies of relevant publications/presentations. 

Outstanding Community/Campus Leader

Candidates for this award must be seniors who have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00, and a minimum grade point average in their psychology coursework of 3.25, while having completed, by graduation, a minimum of 45 credits taken at GMU.  The successful candidate should demonstrate active involvement and leadership in departmental, university, and/or community activities.  These activities may include, but are not limited to, participation in honor societies, student organizations, campus projects, or community agencies.  Both breadth and depth of involvement may be considered when choosing a winner. 

Nominations for this award should be submitted to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Jim Sanford) by full-time or adjunct faculty with knowledge of the candidate’s extracurricular activities.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications written by the faculty member, an unofficial transcript, and a resume of the nominee.  In addition, letters of recommendation from those who have worked with the candidate in relevant activities may be included in the nomination packet.

Faculty Choice Award

Candidates for this award must be seniors who have a minimum grade point average in their psychology coursework of 3.00, while having completed, by graduation, a minimum of 45 credits taken at GMU.  This award is designed to reward the senior psychology major who demonstrates an exceptionally high degree of interest, maturity, motivation, and effort in his/her psychology classes.  The primary focus of this award is the attitude of the nominated student.  In determining the recipient of this award, personal challenges or circumstances that the student has had to overcome can be considered.  In addition, community or campus involvement can be used to distinguish between candidates.  Grades should be used as a secondary consideration.

Nominations for this award should be submitted to the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Jim Sanford) by full-time or adjunct faculty with knowledge of the candidate’s personal circumstances and/or classroom attitude.  Nominations should include a statement of qualifications written by the faculty member, an unofficial transcript, and a resume of the nominee. 

Outstanding Scholar Award

The recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award will be the undergraduate psychology major who has the highest grade point average among the graduating seniors who will have completed a minimum of 60 credits at GMU by graduation.  If more than one student shares the highest grade point average, the student with the most hours completed at GMU will be the winner.  If there is an additional tie, the student with the most upper level classes (300 and 400 level) will receive the award.  The winner of this award will be determined by the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies (Jim Sanford) and approved by the full-time faculty.

Outstanding Senior Award

Recipients of the Outstanding Senior award are undergraduate seniors that  have achieved a minimum 3.5 GPA overall, a 3.7 GPA specifically within the Psychology major, while completing at least 60 academic credits at George Mason University.  Students that achieve this distinction will be presented with a certificate during the department awards ceremony.

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