Loyola University Maryland

Department of Psychology

Faculty Spotlight

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Dr. LowryCongratulations to Dr. Jen Lowry who was awarded the 2008 “Mentor of the Year Award” by the Maryland Psychological Association for Graduate Students (MPAGS). The award was given at the Annual MPAGS Convention and Internship Fair on April 5, 2008, held at the Loyola Columbia Campus. Dr. Lowry was presented with a plaque honoring her achievements by Jessica Rothstein (Chair of MPAGS) and Nicole Fromm, a Loyola doctoral student and master’s alum, who nominated Dr. Lowry for the award.

In her nomination letter Ms. Fromm stated, “...Dr. Lowry has been a wonderful mentor and role model. She has continued to amaze me over the past four to five years with the ways she is able to challenge, support, and encourage without ever asking for anything in return. She is a profound teacher, talented psychologist, and a truly remarkable person.”

Dr. Lowry said of the award, “I was completely surprised and very humbled. As a teacher, being recognized for work with students, by students, is one of the very best honors you can ever receive.”

The criteria for this award, as stated by the American Psychological Association’s 2006 Presidential Task Force: Centering on Mentoring (APA, 2006), include that the recipient should act as an experienced role model while providing acceptance, encouragement, moral support, wisdom, advice, counsel, and coaching to graduate students in Psychology.

“As a teacher, the proverbial ‘light-bulb’ moment when a student ‘gets it’ is so incredibly wonderful. Equally fantastic is being part of the journey when a student begins a course or program and watching her or him develop and evolve into a confident, competent professional and person. The icing on the cake is to hear back from students, sometimes years later, and hear how you’re doing. You may not know this, but we feel tremendous happiness and pride in hearing of your life, happinesses, successes, and also helping you work through challenges, if possible—we will always be here for you, cheering you on, and hoping for the best for you.” - Excerpted from Dr. Lowry’s acceptance speech

Dr. Lowry is the second Psychology professor at Loyola College to receive this honor, following Dr. Matt Kirkhart in 2007, who was the inaugural recipient of this award.

For more information about MPAGS visit them online at: http://marylandpsychology.org/MPAGS.htm