Tennessee Tech psychology student places first in research competition

A psychology major at Tennessee Technological University has won first place overall in a student research awards competition sponsored by the Committee on Equality of Professional Opportunity of the Southeastern Psychology Association.

Cynthia Gibson of Anaheim, Ca., received the award for her paper, "Sexual Harassment: Physical v. Verbal Hostile Environment," written during her senior year of study at Tennessee Tech. She graduated May 10 summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 grade point average - a distinction that earned her the university's W.A. Howard Award.

For her award-winning paper, Gibson received a $200 honorarium and the opportunity to present results from the study during an awards session at the psychological association's annual meeting, held in Atlanta in early May.

Gibson will attend Emory Law School in Atlanta in the fall. Linda Giesbrecht-Bettoli, associate professor of psychology in Tennessee Tech's Department of School Services Personnel and Psychology, served as advisor for her studies at Tennessee Tech.