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Psychology Outstanding Thesis Award

Erin Hughes '18 MS (center) receives the Outstanding Psychology Thesis Award from Graduate Program Director Michael Brown, PhD, and Department Chair Thomas Toppino, PhD

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences honored master's graduate Erin Hughes '18 MS with its Ingeborg and Byron Ward Outstanding Thesis Award for her work studying "Preferences for Self-Expansion: The Implications for Romantic Relationships" at its annual Psi Chi dinner in April.

This award recognizes an outstanding thesis project by a graduating master of science student each year. Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 with a mission of recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.

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.