Butler Summer Institute Recipients

The Butler Summer Institute has been developed to provide an opportunity, and privilege, for “the best and brightest” of Butler’s students to engage in learning that is creative, experiential, and investigation oriented by collaborating with Butler faculty.

The benefits of being a Butler Scholar:

  • Meet, interact and support other students equally interested in research or other creative endeavor.
  • Establish close professional relationships with members of the faculty.
  • Work on a project that may lead to a publication in a peer-reviewed journal, a presentation at a scholarly conference, or a public performance.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s mission and tradition.
  • Explore your commitment to original research or creative activity.
  • Engage in learning that makes critical connections between the classroom, lab, different courses of study and the undergraduate and educational community.

Psychology recipients of the Butler Summer Institute Award


  • Melissa Evans
    Mentor:  Dr. Jennifer Berry
    Anxiety Inducing Effects of Alcohol and Caffeine in C57BL/6J Mice


  • Shriya Vinjimoor
    Mentor:  Dr. Jennifer Berry
    Effects of Alcohol and Nicotine Co-dependence in a Binge-like Animal Model


  • Oreoluwa Akinbo
    Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Berry
    The Effects of Combined Alcohol and Nicotine on Corticosterone Levels in C57BL/6J Mice
  • Amanda Wallace
    Mentor:  Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Matched vs. Mismatched Gender and Course Subject Effects of Learning


  • Avery Charron
    Mentor:  Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Physiological Arousal and Its Effect on Memory:  Visual vs. Verbal


  • Dan Evans
    Mentor: Dr. Mandy Gingerich
    Effects of an Exogenous Moving Cue on Reaction Time and Response Error Rates
  • Emily Farrer, Psychology and Music
    Mentors: Dr. Tara Lineweaver and Dr. Tim Brimmer
    Play It Again, Sam!  Using Individualized Music Listening to Improve the Social Interactions of Dementia Patients
  • Colleen Frank
    Mentor: Dr. Tara Lineweaver
    If They’re Happy, Do You Know It?  An Investigation of the Emotion Recognition Abilities of Parkinson’s Disease Patients Compared to Healthy Older Adults.
  • Lauren Murphy
    Mentor: Dr. Ali O’Malley
    Good Leaders Give Good Feedback:  How Emotional Inteligence and Implicit Theories Enable Leaders to Develop Themselves and Others


  • Ian Katz
    Mentor: Dr. Ali O’Malley
    Believing in the Change We Seek:  Implicit Person Theories and Negative Feedback
  • Anna Sutter
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Flashbulb Memories of Coming Out: Child and Parent Perspective
  • Gabrielle Tatara
    Mentor: Dr. Kate Morris
    The Effect of Priming God Concepts on Interpersonal Interactions
  • Zach Walter
    Mentor: Dr. Mandy Gingerich
    The Pokemon Effect: An Investigation of theCognitive Factors that Predict Desirable Difficulties


  • Kaylin Beckwith
    Mentor: Dr. Tara Lineweaver
    The Power of Individual Art Versus Collaborative Art to Improve Mood in Grieving Children
  • Renato Puga
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    The Effects of Tylenol on Non-Social Emotional Memory Effects


  • Karina Hamamouche
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Memories for Traumatic Childhood injuries
  • Aimee Wilkinson
    Mentor: Dr. Mandy Gingerich
    Using Students’ Judgments of Learning to Predict and Improve Test Performance


  • Dominick Atkinson
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    The Effect of Emotion on Group Recall 
  • Claire Brownson
    Mentor: Dr. Brian Giesler
    Self-Regulation:  An “Active Ingredient” in the Spirituality-Health Relationship
  • Jasmen Rice
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Flashbulb Memories of the Resignation of Butler University’s President 


  • Nicole Ehlert
    Mentor: Dr. Ali O’Malley
    Emotional Intelligence:  Examining an Effect on Marriage Outcomes 
  • Laura Fels
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Affect and Consequentiality Effects on Remembering Important Childhood Events
  • Alissa Fritz
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Context Dependent Memory with Nonsense Words 


  • Sarah Gillot
    Mentor: Dr. Neil Bohannon
    Sweet Smooches:  The Effects of Glucose on Retrieval of Romantic Kiss Memories 
  • Samantha Meints
    Mentor: Dr. Tara Lineweaver
    The Effects of Emotions on the Memory of Autistic Children 
  • Walter Stamp
    Mentor: Dr. Tara Lineweaver
    An Investigation of Language Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease