UMW Student Wins Virginia Psychology Conference Award

University of Mary Washington senior Kathryn Rizzo has been named the winner of the Frederick B. Rowe Award for an outstanding paper at the Virginia Psychological Association conference.

Rizzo received the award for her paper “Intensive Mothering Outcomes for Women.” The work is part of a year-long research project with Miriam Liss, associate professor of psychology, and Holly Schiffrin, associate professor of psychology.

“Kathryn is a really wonderful student,” Schiffrin said. “She is very intrinsically motivated and just the type of student every professor wants. While at the VPA conference, she was able to describe her project clearly, comfortably, enthusiastically and with a maturity that is rare for an undergraduate student.”

A psychology major, Rizzo was the recipient of the J. Christopher Bill Scholarship for Excellence in Psychology in 2011. She is co-president of the UMW chapter of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society; a member of  Pi Gamma Mu, the national social science honor society; and Mortar Board, the national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Rizzo participates in UMW’s Relay for Life, an annual event to raise awareness for cancer research, celebrate survivors and honor and remember those who fought cancer, and she volunteers at Bragg Hill Family Life Center. She has been named to the Dean’s List.

Rizzo is the daughter of Robert and Martha Rizzo of Bedford Corners, N.Y., and is a 2008 graduate of Fox Lane High School.

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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer                

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.