Gwenda Schmidt, assistant professor of psychology, and her team of student researchers were presented with the "Young Investigators Award" for their project “Sentence Figurativeness and Modality Shape the Neural Bases of Language Processing.” The students with whom Gwenda conducted the research are seniors Elizabeth Miller and Ashley Drew and sophomore Nathan Axdorff.
The “Social Sciences Young Investigators Award” is designed to recognize and encourage junior faculty to partner with students in research collaborations that further the scholarship goals of the faculty member while developing the skills of critical inquiry and analysis in his or her students. It includes funding for the faculty and student team to present the work at a professional conference.
The competition is open to junior social science faculty who worked with students on a significant research project, with at least one of the students returning for the next academic year. The selection is made from among the eligible social science projects highlighted during the college’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance, which was held on Friday, April 13, this year.