2006-07 Erlbaum Winners' Biographies
The chair of the Psi Chi/Erlbaum Awards in Cognitive Science Committee, Christopher Koch, PhD, has announced the winners of the 2006-07 Erlbaum Awards. Psi Chi congratulates these 2006-07 winners of the Erlbaum Award and wishes them continued success in their education and careers. Cash awards of $500 each were presented to Mr. Butler and Ms. Shah as the winners of this award. We encourage all Psi Chi members to begin now to prepare papers to submit for the 2007-08 research competition.
Read abstracts of these award-winning papers here.
Andrew Butler is a fifth year doctoral student at Washington University in St. Louis. His research primarily focuses on how cognitive psychology can be applied to enhance educational practice. This work revolves around the idea of using testing as a learning tool (as opposed to a means of assessment) to promote comprehension and long-term retention of classroom material. Other research interests include the influence of attitudes on memory in social contexts (e.g., politics, culture), prospective memory, false memories/repression, spontaneous conscious recollection, memory systems, collective memory, and the history of psychology. He began his dissertation research in the fall of 2007.
Khushbu Shah from Edison, NJ, graduated in May 2007 from Rutgers Honors College of Rutgers University. She received a BA with honors in psychology and biology. Ms. Shah has presented her research at the 21st National Conference of Undergraduate Research at Dominican University (CA) in April of 2007. She was also awarded Rutgers University’s Alice M. and Walter F. Philips Award for outstanding proposal by the honors committee. This distinction recognized the high level of achievement shown in her thesis and general level of academic excellence. After graduating, she plans to pursue her career both in medicine and research. She would like to thank her advisors Dr. Jan Mohlman and Dana Eldreth for helping her with this project. She would also like to thank her parents Mrs. Daksha Shah and Mr. Lalit Shah for their support.