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Rebecca Cash Recognized for Excellence in Psychology

Rebecca A. Cash received two of the Donald R. Witters Awards in Psychology presented during the annual Awards Convocation on May 7.

The psychology awards are named in honor of Dr. Donald R. Witters, who retired at the end of the 2005-2006 academic year as professor of psychology emeritus. He joined the Bridgewater College faculty in 1968 as a professor of psychology and served as chair of the department from 1990 to 1996.

Cash’s name will be added to plaques in the psychology department and she received a Bridgewater College throw.

Cash received the Outstanding Research Award and the Outstanding Academic Performer Award.

The Outstanding Research Award is presented for excellence in demonstrated research and potential to contribute to the knowledge base within the discipline.

Cash completed an honors research project “Biased Backgrounds and Appeals for Tolerance: Factors Shaping Perceptions of Prejudice.”

The Outstanding Academic Performer Award recognizes consistent, superior performance in the classroom.

Cash, a psychology major with a minor in social work, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Cash of Greenville, Va. Cash is a member of the Philomathes Society, Bridgewater’s scholastic honor society; Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society; and Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society.

In April, Cash received the Best Student Poster award at the Virginia Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Richmond, Va. for her poster on how appeals for tolerance and biased backgrounds affect forgiveness.

Cash, who graduated on May 18, will pursue a master of social work degree in community organization and policy administration. She plans on working with individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ community.

Posted 7/8/13

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