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Belle K. Ribicoff Prize

Emily Meachon ’16

 Alexander Gannuscio '16

Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude
Psychology

Bachelor of Arts, Summa cum laude
Modern Languages–Spanish

As a high school senior visiting the University of Hartford campus, Emily Meachon ’16 says, she “had an impression that faculty truly cared about students as individuals and facilitated student success. This notion has proven true nearly every day that I have been a student at the University.”

The proof can be seen in the awards Meachon has earned in her three years at the University, including the Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, which recognizes academic excellence.

While pursuing a double major in psychology and modern languages and cultures (Spanish), Meachon has gathered numerous honors, including the Senior Regents’ Honor Award, the Herbert P. Schoen Scholarship, the Dorothy Goodwin Academic Year Scholarship, Psi Chi Eastern Regional Research Award, and participation in the Humanities Center Honors Seminar. Meachon also has earned membership in the Alpha Chi Honor Society, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and The National Honor Society for Leadership and Success, for which she served as a copresident.

“She has always been committed to a career in psychology and academic research; she has worked hard to make sure that her undergraduate work prepares her for graduate school and beyond,” says Jessica Nicklin, PhD, associate dean of Student Academic Services and associate professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Meachon’s senior honors thesis “Metacognition and Coping: Reducing Stress and Anxiety among College Students” was presented at the 2016 Northeastern Regional Honors Council Conference and the University Honors Colloquium.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Meachon interned at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center; was a research assistant to Nicklin; interned at the Fundación Prodean in Seville, Spain; tutored high school and college students; volunteered at the Heart Institute of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey; served as an admissions ambassador; and was a member of The Women’s Advancement Initiative LEAD Program at the University.

In the fall, Meachon will begin studies for a Master of Science in Psychological Research at the University of Oxford, after which she plans to earn a PhD in psychology and enter a career in academia.