2002-2003 Erlbaum Winners' Biographies
The chair of the Psi Chi/Erlbaum Awards in Cognitive Science Committee, Christopher Koch, Ph.D., has announced the winners of the 2002-03 Erlbaum Award Competition. The graduate winner is Ivan K. Ash of the University of Illinois at Chicago for his paper entitled "Hindsight Bias Measures of Restructuring in Problem Solving." The undergraduate winner is Rebecca Lamberth of Rutgers University New Brunswick (NJ) for her paper "The Social Context of Infant Imitation: A Developmental Study." Psi Chi congratulates these 2002-03 winners of the Erlbaum Award and wishes them continued success in their education and careers. A cash award of $500 was presented to Mr. Ash and Ms. Lamberth as the winners of this award.
Ivan K. Ash, the first-place graduate winner is originally from Goodrich, Michigan, a small town outside of Flint. Mr. Ash completed his undergraduate work at Central Michigan University, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, where he assisted in conducting research in Dr. Richard Back's human factors laboratory. At Central Michigan University Mr. Ash served two terms as the Psi Chi chapter's fundraising chair, and received an Outstanding Service Award from his fellow members. Ash is currently working on a doctoral degree in Cognitive Psychology at the University if Illinois at Chicago, under Dr. Jennifer Wiley. Mr. Ash's main interests include acquisition of complex knowledge and expertise, and the role this knowledge plays in complex problem solving behavior. Insight problems are of particular interest to Ash because in these situations one's prior knowledge may interfere with solving success. A number of methods are used in his lab to investigate these topics including eyetracking, think-aloud protocol, experimental, and correlational methods. Mr. Ash's eventual career goal is to attain a faculty position at a university where he can pursue his interests in instruction and research.
Rebecca Lamberth, the first-place undergraduate winner graduated from Rutgers University New Brunswick, N.J. in May with a B.A. in psychology. Ms. Lamberth will be attending the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University this fall. Ms. Lamberth will be working on a doctorate in School Psychology. As an undergraduate, Ms. Lamberth was a member of Psi Chi and the Golden Key International Honors Society. Lamberth participated in various community service programs and activities in the New Brunswick area, as well as participated on club sports teams.