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Jamielyn Samper ’14 Honored as Student of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers
01.02.14 |
Jamielyn Samper ’14, a psychology major planning to pursue a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, was named the 2013 JoAnne Day Student of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers (PennACE) in the award’s technical category.

The award is only the latest of Samper’s accomplishments. During the spring of 2013, she completed an internship at the Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center with Dr. Patricia Sue Grigson, a professor in the neural and behavioral science department. Samper analyzed drug addiction and its associated behaviors, working with laboratory rats during experimental trials.

More recently, she was selected as one of 12 out of 480 applicants to complete a six-week research fellowship under the American Psychological Association at George Mason University during the summer of 2013. Samper has co-authored a graduate-level research poster, and has made important contributions to drug addiction research, all of which have resulted in her nomination for and receipt of the PennACE award.

According to Samper, winning the award will allow her to “highlight drug addiction research and how necessary and impacting it is.” In particular, she feels it will allow her to give back to Dr. Grigson, with whom Samper’s work as an intern “opened doors to other fellowship opportunities, and helped [her] feel more comfortable and prepared for graduate school level research.”

“Winning [the award] in the technical category…means so much to me,” she said.

Samper’s faculty mentors are thrilled by her most recent accolade, and expect many future successes. According to Dr. Lou Manza, who is supervising Samper’s capstone research project, “Taken together, a review of her credentials leads to a simple conclusion: She is an extremely intelligent, motivated, responsible, mature and personable individual who…will become a strong, hard-working, and vibrant professional in the years to come.”

PennACE is a professional organization that represents more than 80 different colleges, universities, and employers throughout Pennsylvania. Created in honor of JoAnne Day, a longtime career development professional, the student of the year awards are designed to recognize achievements and contributions made by undergraduate students enrolled at member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op assignment (for credit or not-for-credit). Awards are broken into four categories—technical, liberal arts, business, and associates degrees.

Samper is the first Lebanon Valley College student to receive this prestigious award. She and the winners from the remaining three categories were awarded $500 for their accomplishments and will be officially recognized at the spring 2014 PennACE Conference in Mount Pocono, Pa.

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