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Undergraduate Awards

Each year the USU Psychology Department Undergraduate Program Awards Committee opens a call for nominations for recognition and awards for traditional, non-traditional, on-campus, online, and distance students. The committee reviews the nominations and celebrates the success of students over their time at Utah State. Each year, students are recognized in the following categories:

Hannah Johnson

Outstanding Student of the Year

Hannah Johnson

Landon Willis

Exceptional Undergraduate Student of the Year

Landon Willis


Natalie Wennergren

Distinguished Distance Student of the Year

Natalie Wennergren

Haylie DeMercy

Outstanding Researcher Award

Haylie DeMercy

Romney Harker

Applied Psychological Service Award

Romney Harker

Morgan Cavey

Instructor Teaching Apprentice Award

Morgan Cavey

Janice Snow

STAR Award

Janice Snow


Outstanding Student of the Year

The Outstanding Student of the Year is awarded to students who make a significant contribution to the Utah State Psychology Department, the College of Education and Human Services, and their fellow students through excelling in research (assistantships, grants, publications, presentations), teaching (Undergraduate Teaching Fellow, peer mentoring), and volunteering while maintaining an exceptional GPA.

Exceptional Undergraduate Student of the Year

The Exceptional Undergraduate Student of the Year award is bestowed upon students who make a significant contribution to the USU Psychology Department, the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, and their fellow students a minimum of two semesters prior to graduation. Recipients of this award are evaluated for participation in research, community engagement, applied experience, teaching, as well as GPA.

Distinguished Distance Student of the Year

Recipients of the Distinguished Distance Student of the Year award have made substantial contributions to the Utah State University Psychology Department, the College of Education and Human Services, and fellow students while also maintaining their status as distance students. Awardees are evaluated on many criteria including lab experience, research experience, volunteer and applied experience, teaching experience, and GPA. 

Outstanding Researcher Award

The USU Psychology Department's Outstanding Researcher Award is conferred to students who have made considerable research efforts. Recipients are evaluated on their number of independent research projects as well as conference presentations, publications, and research lab experiences. 

Applied Psychological Service Award

The Applied Psychological Service Award is presented to undergraduate students who make an impact in applied psychological service. These students participate in either volunteer or paid experiences in applied settings such as a Utah State Psychology Peer Mentor, with the ASSERT program, as a behavioral technician, and in many other settings. 

Instructor Teaching Apprentice Award

Recipients of the Utah State University Psychology Department's Instructor Teaching Apprentice Award make a meaningful impact in the support of their peers and other students on campus. Nominees for this award are evaluated for their teaching experiences including as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow and lab leadership positions as well as GPA. 

Scholarship, Teaching, Applied, and Research (S.T.A.R.) Award

The Utah State Psychology Department's S.T.A.R. Award is conferred to students who make extraordinary contributions to the department, college, fellow students, and community. Nominees are evaluated on many criteria including GPA, research activities (individual research, lab experiences, presentations, and publications), applied psychological experience (volunteer and paid), and teaching experience. Additionally, this position is evaluated on department and university leadership and service experience. 


Past Recipients

2020 - 2021

  • Utah State University Achievement of the Year - Jennifer Ha
  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services' Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year - Hannah Johnson
  • Valedictorian - James Clayton

2019 - 2020

  • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services' Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year - Haylee Downey
  • Valedictorian - Riley Plott
  • Outstanding Student of the Year - Romney Harker
  • Outsanding Distance Education Student of the Year - Mason Cundick
  • Applied Psychological Service Award - Amelia Ashby
  • Instructor Apprentice Award - Alexa Black
  • STAR Award - Jennifer Ha