Morgan Kirwan

"Morgan Kirwan, Spring 2022 Honors Conference Presenter Award Winner"

Major: Psychology

Thesis: Are You Threatening Me?: Testing if Activating Executive Function Inhibits the Misattribution of Threat to Neutral Stimuli

Thesis Director: Dr. David S. March, Department of Psychology

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for considering and accepting my application for the Conference Presenter Award. This award allowed me to present my honors thesis at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) conference in San Francisco. This conference was the biggest networking opportunity I have been able to attend as an undergraduate student at Florida State University, and has greatly enhanced my public speaking skills and community engagement. Acceptance to this conference has given me a huge sense of personal accomplishment and has bolstered my confidence in my academic and research abilities. Through this opportunity I was able to connect with new undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors, all of whom I have kept in contact with and notified with any updates on my research project. With this award, I was able to proudly represent my university and myself at this conference. This opportunity greatly enhanced my Honors in the Major experience by allowing me to share my research with others, besides just the mentors in my committee. I was able to see how much my research impacted the field of threat misattribution and was filled with new and exciting ideas for future studies I would love to create that build off of my Honors in the Major thesis. I am truly thankful and appreciative for this award and for persevering throughout the Honors in the Major experience."

-Morgan Kirwan, Spring 2022 Honors Conference Presenter Award Winner