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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology


Awards and Honors

                              Psychology Student Awards
            Application Deadline:
Monday, February 13th 2017
Awards will be presented on Awards Day Thursday, April 20th 2017


Psychological Service Award:

The Psychological Service Award recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of an undergraduate student in psychological service.  It is awarded to a Psychology major (students with a minimum of 90 credit hours, 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus, 15 out of 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus in psychology major credits), with a 3.0 minimum GPA, and participation in a broadly defined psychological service. To apply for this award, please submit a one page summary of a service experience, a current resume or a CV, and a letter of support from a faculty member.  Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator (Connie Outen, couten@mailbox.sc.edu) via email. The winner of this award will be determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee.

Roger W. Black Award for Psychological Research:

The Roger W. Black Award recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of an undergraduate student in psychological research.  It is awarded to a Psychology major (students with a minimum of 90 credit hours, 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus, 15 out of 60 hours on the USC Columbia campus in psychology major credits), with a 3.0 minimum GPA, and participation in psychological research project.  To apply for this award, please submit a one page summary of a research experience, a current resume or a CV, and a letter of support from a faculty member.  Applications should be submitted to the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator (Connie Outen, couten@mailbox.sc.edu) via email. The winner of this award will be determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee.

M. Kershaw Walsh Award for Academic Achievement:

The M. Kershaw Walsh Award is given to the graduating senior Psychology major with the highest overall GPA.  The winner(s) of this award will be determined by the Undergraduate Program Committee. No application is required.

Kendra Cusaac Community Engagement and Leadership Award:

The Kendra Cusaac Community Engagement and Leadership Award recognizes outstanding leadership in community service activities. It is awarded to a rising junior Psychology major (students with a minimum of 45 credit hours obtained from the USC Columbia campus) who has community service experience. To apply for this award, please submit a resume or CV, an unofficial transcript, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Psychology Department and a letter of recommendation from a person involved with your primary community service activity. In addition, please submit a 500 word essay on the following topic:

Dr. Cusaac stressed the importance of leadership in the community, the importance of positivity and persistence toward one’s goals and the relevance of Psychology courses to life. Discuss how an experience from one of your Psychology courses has influenced your community engagement and leadership activities.