Three Bridgewater College seniors—Kelsi Listman, Jordan Matthews and Kylie Chisnell—were the recipients of the Donald R. Witters Psychology Awards for 2022.
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.
Listman, a psychology and mathematics double major from Vienna, Va., was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. She is a member of BC United, a peer education and bystander education organization. She is also a tutor in the Math Center as well as an academic coach. Listman is a member of the Flory Honors program and completed an honors project last spring titled “The Significance of a Viral Post on Social Media” with Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Erin M. Miller.
After graduation, Listman is considering graduate school for mathematics or going straight into the workforce. She is also looking into governmental positions or considering teaching mathematics.
Matthews, a psychology major from Rockingham, Va., was awarded the Outstanding Research Award. Matthews is a member of Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology. For two years, Matthews has been a chair member of the Pre-Health Society, a group that assists students who are pursuing a career in health-related fields. In addition, Matthews serves as a tutor for multiple psychology courses and for a political science course. Matthews completed a research project titled “Motivational Effects of Caffeine on Oral Ethanol Self-Administration in C57BL/6J Mice,” under the mentorship of Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Curtis Bradley.
Currently, Matthews is pursuing jobs to gain hands-on experience to help apply for graduate programs in clinical psychology.
Chisnell, a psychology and business administration double major from Owings Mill, Md., was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award. She is a member of the Flory Honors program at BC. She is also a member of Sigma Beta Delta, a scholastic honor society for students in business, management and administration; Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society; and served as president of Psi Chi. Chisnell is the Student Coordinator for telecounselors and student ambassadors, as well as a member of the guitar ensemble. She has been part of eight theatre production while at BC and completed an honors project titled “Death of Salesman: A Theatrical Examination of the American Dream on the Human Psyche and Effects of Aging on the Mind.”
After graduation, Chisnell plans to attend graduate school for forensic psychology.