See what our College of Social and Behavioral Sciences students are doing
We are proud of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences students and excited to showcase some achievements. Read about our student’s accomplishments—on campus and nationally.
Psychological Science student receives grant Accordion Closed
NAU Junior and Psychological Sciences Major Fernanda Martinez was recently awarded a Mammie Phipps Clark Research Grant through the International Honor Society in Psychology (Psi Chi). This selective grant is awarded to Psi Chi members who are performing research on topics of diversity. Fernanda’s grant proposal was one of the top submitted grants and was awarded an additional stipend for her sponsoring faculty member. Fernanda works under Dr. Ann Huffman, who is a professor of Psychological Sciences at NAU, and they partner with an NAU alumnus, Dr. Kristine Olson, an associate professor at Dixie State University in Utah.
This grant afforded Fernanda, with the help of Drs. Huffman and Olson, the opportunity to develop and carry out a research project that examined work-life issues in Mexico. According to Fernanda, most of the research conducted on the topic of work-family conflict among employees focus on U.S. participants. Their study used the Job Demand and Resources model to provide a framework to understand how both demands and resources work together to affect employees’ wellbeing.
Student paper published Accordion Closed
Dr. Ahluwalia has closely mentored four undergraduate students, Tara Casey, Martha Garner, Rebekah Kamp, and Gabriel Villarreal who recently had their essay, “Troubling the Nation: Crafting the New Gay in a Post 9/11 Environment” published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research Press. Dr. Ahluwalia and the students started this project as an independent study project and then went beyond formal course structure. Dr. Ahluwalia worked on multiple drafts with the students and helped to finalize their essay for publication.
Nine Anthropology students awarded Accordion Closed
Congratulations are in order to 9 students in Professor Janina Fenigsen’s ANT 102 class for receiving the Public Anthropology Award. Lorenzo Miloscia, Tyler Millidge, Kaelyn Gavin, Cameron Weiner-Bonitto, Mia Wolfson, Dennys Esquivel, Muhammad Muhammad, Farren Lash, and Ahmad Alkhezzi were awarded for their op-ed based on information presented in five different case studies, all based on their view of how Institutional Review Boards (in the U.S.) and/or Review Ethics Boards (in Canada) should enforce a set of common rules regarding research. Congratulation to all award winners!
Model UN students awarded Accordion Closed
The MUN team just returned from a conference in New York City at Columbia University. Two of our students, Cezanne Rahner and Patrick Bevans, won awards. The MUN team next travels to USC’s Model UN conference in Los Angeles, where 24 students will compete, and then in November, a team of 8 will travel to Philadelphia for the University of Pennsylvania’s conference. Spring will be even busier, with the team traveling to Montreal, Panama, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Our team was just ranked in the top 75 of university teams in North America. We continue to be very proud of our Lumberjacks!
The team has competed at 3 different conferences in Fall 2017. A team of 8 traveled to New York City in September to attend Columbia University’s conference, and 2 of our students won awards. In October a team of 8 traveled to Los Angeles for USC’s conference, where another 2 people won awards. Then in November, a team of 8 traveled to Philadelphia for the University of Pennsylvania’s conference. I’ve attached a picture of this delegation. The students continue to meet twice a week as a club and have participated in voter registration drives to help encourage their fellow students to vote.
School of Communication student films awarded Accordion Closed
Bibbi Abruzzini, a recent NAU graduate of the School of Communication, has recently won the BEA: Student Short Form Video or Film Documentary for her film “Brian”.
Another student, Merteen Victoria Cleary, also won the Award of Excellence for her film, “MISSing”. Congratulations Lumberjacks!
International Affairs student awarded for research Accordion Closed
International Affairs student, Austin Rock, was awarded by the Center of International Relations’ for his research on the instability of Yemen. His article, “What Factors Have Perpetuated Instability in Yemen”, was recently featured in the International Affairs Forum. He looks into the reasons for the Saudi intervention in Yemen and what the domestic factors that have influenced this intervention.
Graduate student, Corderro McMurry, featured in “Cosmopolitan” magazine Accordion Closed
A School of Communications graduate student, Corderro McMurry, was recently interviewed and featured in “Cosmopolitan” magazine for his research paper on Khloe Kardashian’s new TV show, “Revenge Body”, on E! Network. McMurry focuses on people’s concern with body image. McMurry will be graduating in May of 2017 with a Master of Arts in Communication.
Biggest Mayan tomb ever found in Xunantunich (Belize) by NAU students Accordion Closed
Archeology Professor, Dr. Jaime Awe and his NAU team of more than 30 students discovered one of the largest Mayan tomb ever found in Xunantunich, Belize this summer. The team also found a burial of an important ruler, hieroglyphic panels, and multiple pieces of ceramics. This is the first tomb of an important ruler ever found in this area although researchers investigated this site for more than a century. Not only is the size of this tomb spectacular, the structure of the tomb is very unusual as well. Professor Awe told the KNAU reporter: that “Most tombs in the Maya world are sort of dug into existing buildings,” Awe says. “Not in this case! In this case, they constructed this tomb and then built the pyramid on top of it.” The panels found might be even more important than the burial because they provide new knowledge about the fabled nation who still presents a puzzle to scientists. Dr. Awe and his team of NAU students and their discovery are in the news worldwide. Pictures of the site from Professor Awe will follow soon.