Bragging Moment: Celebrating Exceptional Achievements

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Honorees 2023

In recognition of their exceptional dedication, academic excellence, and notable contributions to the field, a distinguished group of undergraduate and graduate students has been honored for their outstanding achievements. Each semester, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) nominates one undergraduate and one graduate student from each degree program as exemplars of Mason's core values


Sydney Farrar


Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a focus on Work and Organization.





Renee McCauley


Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a focus on Work and Organization.





Outstanding Graduate Student Honorees 2023


Elisa Torres

Ph.D. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology

Elisa Torres' dissertation was the first in the Industrial-Organizational program to use computational modeling to study complex system phenomena. While a student at Mason, Elisa co-authored 15 journal articles, one book chapter, and 21 conference presentations. She received the Leonard P. Gollobin Award from the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC



Wysteria Drumm

MPS in Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Wysteria's research examines the relationship between employee perceptions of their work-life balance and their turnover intentions, mediating for affective organizational commitment to better understand how emotions impact workplace attitudes and behaviors.




Ami Patel

MA in Psychology (with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology)

Ami Patel is the Director of Mason's chapter of the Volunteer Program Assessment (VPA), our in-house consulting firm that provides free consulting services to nonprofits while providing consulting experience to our industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology graduate students. Ami is enormously organized, ambitious, high-achieving, and dedicated—as well as greatly appreciated by faculty and graduate students alike for her leadership. Under Ami's stewardship, VPA has tackled several important initiatives, including mentoring students and faculty from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Additionally, Ami has done an exemplary job of applying her classroom learning to professional settings—for instance, by helping Mason's Police Department revamp its goal-setting and performance management system.

2023 OSCAR Winners


Renee McCauley – 2023 Student Excellence Award Recipient

McCauley has exhibited outstanding accomplishments in her academic pursuits. These include scholarship, research, creative activities, leadership, and more.





Lindsay S. Shaffer – 2023 Mentoring Excellence Award Recipient (Graduate Student)

Shaffer, a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in the Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience program, has been honored with this award for her exceptional dedication to mentoring and training undergraduate and younger graduate students.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the exceptional psychology students who have emerged victorious, securing well-deserved recognition through their remarkable achievements. Your dedication, academic excellence, and notable contributions to the field have not gone unnoticed.