James Madison University

Junior Award for Achievement in Research

This award is given to juniors who have demonstrated significant achievement in undergraduate research projects.

2017 Award Recipient


Briana Craig

PHOTO:Briana Craig
  • Works with Dr. Jessica Irons examining cue-induced nicotine withdrawal in humans, the effects of alcohol priming on substance preferences (coordinates this study), and the effects of rhetoric exposure on health choices. She also works with Dr. Kevin Apple conducting research on student engagement in Higher Education.
  • Has served as a teaching assistant for Psychological Research Methods under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Irons.
  • Serves as a student tutor in the Match and Science Learning Center.
  • Has been on the President's list since Spring 2015.

Eryn Donovan

PHOTO:Eryn Donovan
  • Works with Dr. Jessica Irons examining cue-induced nicotine withdrawal in humans, the effects of alcohol priming on substance preferences, and the effects of rhetoric exposure and Greek life affiliation on health choices.
  • Was awarded a departmental grant to support her research comparing health choices among students involved in Greek life to those not involved in Greek life.
  • Has worked in Dr. Jeff Dyche's lab for one semester.  Her lab activities include daily care and handling of animals.
  • Served as an undergraduate TA for Honors Introductory Psychology and Psychological Research Methods under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Irons.
  • Earned academic recognition on the Dean's List (Fall 2014, 2015 and Spring 2016) and President's list (Spring 2015 and Fall 2016).
  • Has been awarded the Dorothy Estes Scholarship since Spring 2015.
  • Won Outstanding Achievement in Statistics and Research Methods in the Department of Psychology in Spring 2016.

Taylor Stanley

PHOTO:Taylor Stanley
  • Works with Dr. Jessica Irons examining cue-induced nicotine withdrawal in humans, the effects of alcohol priming on substance preferences, and the effects of rhetoric exposure on health choices. Has also conducted research on interpersonal reconstructive therapy with Dr. Ken Critchfield.
  • Has served as a teaching assistant for Dr. JoAnne Brewster in her abnormal psychology course.  In this role, Taylor proctors exams, provides test consultations and individual tutoring, hosts review sessions, and attends weekly meetings.  She is also a teaching assistant for Dr. Jessica Irons in Psychological Research Methods.
  • Serves as a Psychology Peer Advisor and will be assisting with transfer student advising in Summer 2017.
  • Has been on the JMU Dean's List.

2016 Award Recipient


Nancy Mack

PHOTO:Melissa Grant

Nancy is a junior Psychology major earning a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  For two years she has worked in the animal research lab of Dr. Jeff Dyche and for one year she has worked in Dr. Melanie Shoup-Knox’s animal and human research labs.  Twice Nancy co-authored research that was presented at the Society for Neuroscience international conference.  Recently, she proposed her own research protocol to investigate the long-term effects of cocaine exposure on impulse inhibition and dopamine receptors.  She has also served as Dr. Tracy Zinn’s statistics and research methods teaching assistant, which included a research component on the effectiveness of interteaching.   Nancy plans to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience and become a college professor.