Jim Clinton named Outstanding Psychology Senior
2009 Jul 21Jim Clinton received the 2009 Augustana College Outstanding Psychology Senior award. The award recognizes a student's extraordinary commitment to excellence in psychology and is given to just one graduating senior each year. Clinton was selected by the faculty because of his high academic achievement and involvement in research within the psychology department. Clinton began working for Dr. Ian Harrington, professor of psychology, during his sophomore year and developed his own study during his senior year with the guidance of psychology professor Dr. Daniel Corts. He presented his findings at multiple regional research conferences, including the Tri-State Undergraduate Psychology Conference and the MidBrains Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference. For Dr. Harrington, Clinton was an easy selection as this year's outstanding psychology major. "What set Jim apart from his peers was the extent to which he became engaged in his education, particularly the extent to which he became enthusiastic about research. Jim was a true pleasure to work with and I expect nothing but continued success as he moves on to graduate school," he said. Clinton appreciates all that the psychology faculty has done for him both inside and outside the classroom. "I've never seen a more cohesive faculty that genuinely cares so much for the well-being of students. They have given me so many opportunities, ranging from traveling to research conferences to sharing a meal at their dinner table," he said. Clinton graduated with a double major in psychology and biology this May. He is the son of James and Arlene Clinton from Gurnee, Illinois, and a graduate of Carmel Catholic High School. At Augustana, he was an ambassador in the admissions office, an executive for the student programming organization, the fall president of his fraternity Delta Omega Nu and the social chair on the Greek Council Executive Board. Next year, he will attend Illinois State University to pursue a master's degree in cognitive behavioral sciences. In addition to the Outstanding Psychology Senior Award, Clinton was granted the Ralph Waldo Hansen Excellence in Psychology Award, which provides a scholarship each year to two Augustana seniors pursuing the study of psychology. He was also inducted into the prestigious Psi Chi National Honors Society in Psychology.