Marissa Post of Shorewood, Ill., received the Outstanding Senior Award at North Central College’s Honors Day celebration this spring.
Post majored in psychology and graduated with a perfect grade-point-average. She was a College Scholar and earned the Outstanding Major in Psychology award. She was a member of the first-year Alpha Lambda Delta and psychology Psi Chi honor societies. Her honors thesis was selected to represent North Central in the annual New American Colleges and Universities Award for Student Excellence competition. She presented her research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Honors Council of the Illinois Region, the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and the Association for Psychological Science.
Recognized with a Distinguished Leadership Award, Post offered her leadership skills to several campus groups and served as president of the Women in Math and Science club. She also served as a resident assistant, peer health educator, preceptor in the Psychological Assessment course, a tutor in Research Methods and a student worker in Career Development. Post interned with the Aurora Housing Authority and the Fox Valley Institute. She will pursue an M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology at the University of Central Florida.
“Marissa Post has made significant contributions to the educational and social climate of the Psychology Department at North Central College and the broader regional community,” said Mary Jean Lynch, professor and chair of North Central’s Department of Psychology. “Marissa served as a wonderful role model to other students as a resident assistant, peer health educator, preceptor in Psychological Assessment and Research Methods, a psychology tutor” and in the midst of all her activities, “somehow she found time to study and graduate a term early. Marissa applied to five top-tier graduate schools and was accepted by each,” said Lynch.
Photo: Dr. Abiodun Goke-Pariola, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs (left), and Marissa Post, 2017 Outstanding Senior