May 17, 2012—Rachel Garthe of Peru was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Major in Psychology Award during Honors Day May 15 at North Central College.
Garthe is a December 2011 graduate of the College who majored in psychology with a minor in sociology. She is the daughter of William and Denise Garthe and a graduate of LaSalle-Peru Township High School.
She has accepted an offer to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology beginning in the fall at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.
As a student at North Central, Garthe had her research paper “The Effects of Self-Esteem and Aggression in Scottish Young Adults on Depression” accepted for publication in the academic publication “Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.”
Garthe was a member of North Central College’s chapter of Psi Chi, an international honor society for psychology. She conducted research for her paper while being among the first to participate in a special College Scholars Honors study abroad program in 2010 at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She received a Richter Independent Study Fellowship grant to fund her research, which she conducted in addition to her studies at the university.
In spring 2011, she presented her research at North Central College’s annual Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research held in New York. At the 2012 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, she presented her paper, “A Pathway to Depression: The Effects of Self-Inefficacy and Peer Victimization on Scottish Adolescents.”
Garthe has been involved in a variety of activities on campus. She’s studied piano and worked in the College’s Oesterle Library as a student assistant.