Samuel Rueter Awarded the 2021 Psychology Excellence Prize

September 02, 2021

The Grinnell College Department of Psychology faculty named Samuel Rueter ’21 the recipient of the 2021 Psychology Excellence Prize. Rueter received a letter from the department along with an honorarium and his name appears on an engraved plaque displayed in the psychology commons in the Noyce Science Center.

The Psychology Excellence Prize is awarded to the senior psychology major who notably demonstrated voluntary engagement with and commitment to the values of the discipline, such as in a particular research project, application of psychology, or outstanding involvement in departmental activities.

Rueter distinguished himself in the department through his commitment to psychology as demonstrated by the completion of challenging Mentored Advanced Projects (MAPs), leadership in the Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC), off-campus work with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Connecting Grinnellians, and contributions to the campus-wide work on diversity and inclusion.

Rueter’s MAP work, portions of which he presented at the April 2021 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, demonstrated excellence in undergraduate scholarship in psychology. Rueter also provided leadership on the SEPC to help bring community to majors dispersed across the globe during the pandemic, to advocate for additional and more visible for tutoring services, and to assist in the search for future faculty in our department. His perspective as a student representative on the college working group for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the psychology SEPC was tremendously valuable to the faculty’s understanding of student classroom experiences. Rueter was a role model in his classroom behavior, work habits, and his commitment to the psychology department and the shared educational endeavor of psychology faculty and students.

After a summer leading the Counselor Development Program at Camp Sewataro in Sudbury, Massachusetts, Rueter is continuing his pursuits in psychology as a clinical research assistant at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, which is a step on the way to his goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology and, eventually, a career serving children and youth.

The Department of Psychology thanks Rueter for the positive impact he made while a student at Grinnell and wishes him well in all his future endeavors.

Past Psychology Excellence Prize Winners

  • 2020: Miho Tatsuki
  • 2019: Maisie Grace Lewis
  • 2019: Nicole Susan Carver
  • 2018: Lauren Patrice Hurley
  • 2018: Helena Frances Alacha
  • 2017: Samantha R. Fitzsimmons-Schoenberger
  • 2016: Angela Mae Bowles Edwards
  • 2015: Emily Lynn Twedell
  • 2014: Claire Yiting Tseng
  • 2013: Jennifer Raffety Peek
  • 2012: Jian Ming Colin Wee
  • 2011: Scott Martin Phillips
  • 2010 Megan Elizabeth McDoniel
  • 2009: Paul Frederick Kramer
  • 2008: Graciela Patricia Paz Arias
  • 2007: Samantha Lee Worzalla
  • 2006: Jessica Rae Peltan
  • 2005: Alissa C. Briggs

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