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 EvansMentor:  Dr. Jennifer BerryAnxiety Inducing Effects of Alcohol and Caffeine in C57BL/6J Mice


  • Shriya VinjimoorMentor:  Dr. Jennifer BerryEffects of Alcohol and Nicotine Co-dependence in a Binge-like Animal Model


  • Oreoluwa AkinboMentor: Dr. Jennifer BerryThe Effects of Combined Alcohol and Nicotine on Corticosterone Levels in C57BL/6J Mice
  • Amanda WallaceMentor:  Dr. Neil BohannonMatched vs. Mismatched Gender and Course Subject Effects of Learning


  • Avery CharronMentor:  Dr. Neil BohannonPhysiological Arousal and Its Effect on Memory:  Visual vs. Verbal


  • Dan EvansMentor: Dr. Mandy GingerichEffects of an Exogenous Moving Cue on Reaction Time and Response Error Rates
  • Emily Farrer, Psychology and MusicMentors: Dr. Tara Lineweaver and Dr. Tim BrimmerPlay It Again, Sam!  Using Individualized Music Listening to Improve the Social Interactions of Dementia Patients
  • Colleen FrankMentor: Dr. Tara LineweaverIf 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 MurphyMentor: Dr. Ali O’MalleyGood Leaders Give Good Feedback:  How Emotional Inteligence and Implicit Theories Enable Leaders to Develop Themselves and Others


  • Ian KatzMentor: Dr. Ali O’MalleyBelieving in the Change We Seek:  Implicit Person Theories and Negative Feedback
  • Anna SutterMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonFlashbulb Memories of Coming Out: Child and Parent Perspective
  • Gabrielle TataraMentor: Dr. Kate MorrisThe Effect of Priming God Concepts on Interpersonal Interactions
  • Zach WalterMentor: Dr. Mandy GingerichThe Pokemon Effect: An Investigation of theCognitive Factors that Predict Desirable Difficulties


  • Kaylin BeckwithMentor: Dr. Tara LineweaverThe Power of Individual Art Versus Collaborative Art to Improve Mood in Grieving Children
  • Renato PugaMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonThe Effects of Tylenol on Non-Social Emotional Memory Effects


  • Karina HamamoucheMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonMemories for Traumatic Childhood injuries
  • Aimee WilkinsonMentor: Dr. Mandy GingerichUsing Students’ Judgments of Learning to Predict and Improve Test Performance


  • Dominick AtkinsonMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonThe Effect of Emotion on Group Recall 
  • Claire BrownsonMentor: Dr. Brian GieslerSelf-Regulation:  An “Active Ingredient” in the Spirituality-Health Relationship
  • Jasmen RiceMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonFlashbulb Memories of the Resignation of Butler University’s President 


  • Nicole EhlertMentor: Dr. Ali O’MalleyEmotional Intelligence:  Examining an Effect on Marriage Outcomes 
  • Laura FelsMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonAffect and Consequentiality Effects on Remembering Important Childhood Events
  • Alissa FritzMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonContext Dependent Memory with Nonsense Words 


  • Sarah GillotMentor: Dr. Neil BohannonSweet Smooches:  The Effects of Glucose on Retrieval of Romantic Kiss Memories 
  • Samantha MeintsMentor: Dr. Tara LineweaverThe Effects of Emotions on the Memory of Autistic Children 
  • Walter StampMentor: Dr. Tara LineweaverAn Investigation of Language Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease