Psychology Majors, Alumnus Win State Awards


Macon–Mercer University psychology majors Karen Adkins, Katie Daniel, Tiffany Duffy and Allison Smith recently won the first place award for undergraduate research from the Georgia Psychological Association.

The student research team won the award for their research project entitled “The Effects of Temperament and Breed on Perceptions of Adoptability of Shelter Dogs,” which they presented at the Georgia Psychological Association meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. in May.

Throughout the school year, the student research team researched how one dog’s behavior affects the way people perceive other dogs of the same breed and the adoptability of a dog of that breed. Their faculty adviser on the project was Dr. John C. Wright, certified applied animal behaviorist and professor of psychology.

Also at the Georgia Psychological Association meeting in May, Samantha Daniel, a spring 2004 graduate of Mercer, won the first place Division of Women Psychologists Award. Daniel’s research project was entitled “Gender Equity in the College Classroom: Analyzing Professor-Student Interaction.” Dr. Miranda Pratt, associate professor of psychology, chaired Daniel’s senior honors project and served as the faculty sponsor for her research.