April 15, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Andrea Halpern, professor of psychology at Bucknell University, has been chosen as one of two faculty members in the United States to be named a Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Fellow for the year.

Presented annually, the CUR Fellows award recognizes CUR members who have developed nationally respected research programs involving undergraduates.

CUR President Jill Singer called the two awardees "dedicated faculty that have balanced the demands of teaching, research and service and have placed mentoring undergraduates as a primary focus of their professional lives."

A member of the Bucknell faculty since 1982, Halpern holds degrees from Brandeis University and Stanford University. During her 22-year Bucknell career, she has individually mentored more than 65 students.

She also has been a national leader of the undergraduate research movement, serving as a consultant to the National Science Foundation regarding their Research in Undergraduate Institutions.

Halpern is a leader in the study of cognitive and biological aspects of music perception and has published more than 30 articles and book chapters on the topic. She has been consulting editor for the journal Memory and Cognition and has provided peer review of articles for more than 15 other prominent journals related to her research interests.

She has been awarded a number of extramural grants to support her research with undergraduates including grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes on Aging, The Pew Foundation and McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience.

"Dr. Halpern is an accomplished scholar whose teaching, research supervision, and service activities reflect a significant commitment to the academic enterprise and specifically to the training and encouragement of undergraduate students as researchers," said Eugenia Gerdes, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell. 

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