Villanova Psychology Announces Outstanding Thesis Award Winner

Jenah Black '21 MS

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Villanova University Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is pleased to announce Jenah Black '21 MS as this year's Ingeborg L. and O. Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award winner. This award honors one Psychology master's student each year for a particularly excellent thesis and thesis project. The criteria for nomination and selection of the winner are:

  • Quality, creativity and scientific merit of the thesis project
  • Scope of student contribution to the project
  • Quality of the written product
  • Quality of the thesis seminar presentation

Black conducted her thesis project, “Discourse effects on maintenance of sub-phonemic uncertainty in language processing,” under the direction of Joseph Toscano, PhD.

"Jenah is an outstanding student, and our lab is very pleased that she received this award," said Dr. Toscano. "Her research addresses big-picture theoretical issues about the types of information human listeners use to understand speech and what this tells us about the nature of linguistic representations. I'm excited to see the impact her work will have on the field in the future. We were fortunate to have her as part of our lab, and I'm sure the other students learned a lot from her while she was at Villanova."

Black is currently a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University, working with with Drs. Lori Holt and Bonnie Nozari.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenged and changing world. With 39 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.

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