University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Undergraduate Honors & Awards

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Each year the Psychological Science Department Faculty select deserving senior undergraduate psychological science majors as recipients for the four Undergraduate Honors Awards. First bestowed in 1972, the awards were created to honor excellence in areas of study, as well as character and professionalism, and are named after three distinguished emeriti faculty members and a noted UVM alumnus. The awards are presented each year on Honors Day in the Music Recital Hall.

George Albee

The George W. Albee Award

This award is given annually by the Board of Trustees of the Vermont Conference on the Primary Prevention of Psychopathology to a senior psychological science major who has demonstrated exemplary interest, competence, and originality in subject matter and course work related to the topic of prevention of psychopathology. This award is named for George W. Albee, who was Professor of Psychological Science at UVM from 1971 to 1992. A former President of the American Psychological Association and internationally known scholar, Albee was among the most notable pioneers of the primary prevention movement in Psychology around the world. (Honorees)
 
Heinz Asnbacher

The Heinz Ansbacher Award

This award is given annually to a senior psychological science major who has conducted outstanding research or scholarship with a humanistic element in the tradition of individual psychology. This award is named for Heinz L. Ansbacher, who was Professor of Psychological Science at UVM from 1946-1963. Ansbacher is considered among the leading early followers of the Adlerian school of thought. In collaboration with his wife, Rowena Ansbacher, their major contribution, The Individual Psychology of Alfred Adler (1954), is still the definitive text on Individual Psychology and remains in print today. (Honorees)
 
John Dewey

The John Dewey Award

This award is given annually to a senior psychological science major who has conducted outstanding independent research while maintaining high scholastic standards in psychological science and overall. This award is named for John Dewey, an 1879 alumnus of UVM who pursued a career in education, philosophy, and psychological science, and was a noted educator and philosopher. Often known as "the father of progressive education," a movement that flourished in the early 20th century and that continues to influence modern educators, Dewey believed that experience was the best way for students to learn how to create the conditions for democracy, solve social problems and engage in moral decision-making. Undergraduate independent research is such a tool. (Honorees)
 
Donald Forgays

The Donald E. Forgays Outstanding Senior Award

This award is given annually to a senior psychological science major who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in all courses in Art and Sciences as well as achievement in independent research and scholarship. This awardee has among the highest Grade Point Averages of psychological science majors and has completed notable scholarly projects in or out of the classroom. The award is named for Donald G. Forgays, who was Professor of Psychological Science at UVM from 1964 until his death in 1993. Department Chair Forgays guided the expansion of the department and the establishment of its doctoral program, which is now internationally known.(Honorees)

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