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Psychology professor Rawson, pictured at left here, was recognized by President Barack Obama.

Presidential
Research Honor

Kimberley Sirk & Emily Vincent | 01/19/2010
Dr. Katherine Rawson, an assistant professor in Kent State’s Department of Psychology, recently was recognized by President Barack Obama as one of 100 beginning researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. This honor is the highest bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Kent State University Professor Dr. Katherine Rawson traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Rawson is an assistant professor in Kent State’s Department of Psychology. She was one of 100 beginning researchers named by President Barack Obama to receive this prestigious award.

The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Rawson was nominated by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the award.

“These extraordinary gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country,” President Obama said when the winners were announced. “With their talent, creativity and dedication, I am confident that they will lead their fields in new breakthroughs and discoveries and help us use science and technology to lift up our nation and our world.”

On Jan. 13, Rawson and the other award winners received a tour of the East Wing of the White House, participated in a ceremony and reception held at the Department of Commerce building and returned to the White House to meet and take pictures with the president.

“Dr. Rawson is a shining example of the excellence in action at Kent State,” said Kent State President Lester A. Lefton. “Wednesday will be a great day for not only Dr. Rawson, but also for our Department of Psychology and the entire Kent State community. The recognition of her work helps bring attention to the university’s wonderful research activities.”

The awards, established by President Bill Clinton in February 1996, are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President. Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.

Rawson joined Kent State’s faculty in the fall of 2004. Her grant-funded research, undertaken with colleague Dr. John Dunlosky, psychology professor and director of Experimental Training at Kent State, seeks to identify effective study strategies and study schedules for students to learn classroom material in a durable and efficient manner. She resides in Stow.

To watch a video of Rawson explaining her research, visit www.kent.edu/news/video/rawsonvideo.cfm.