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Pomona College Junior Receives Beinecke Scholarship To Pursue Graduate Degree in Social Psychology

Angela Nierman, a Pomona College junior, has been awarded the highly selective Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship. She is one of just 18 juniors nationwide to be awarded the scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 for study toward a doctorate in humanities, arts and social sciences.

Professor Jack Abecassis, chair of Pomona’s Romance Languages and Literatures Department and faculty liaison for the Beinecke Scholarship, expressed great confidence in Nierman’s chances of receiving the award. “She has impressive rhetorical and logical ability and wonderful poise and presence,” he noted.

At Pomona, Nierman has worked with faculty on research examining parental storytelling styles and the impact on their child’s social ability, and on a study involving the personality traits of people who frequently use cell phones while driving. She is also a student liaison and a teaching assistant for the Department of Psychology.

In summer 2004, Nierman received a Psi Chi Summer Research Grant to work on a self-designed project with Angela Bryan at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her study focused on the role of culture and gender differences in evaluating attitudes toward homosexuals. Nierman plans to extend the project by translating her survey into Spanish and collecting more data with a sample of Chilean participants while studying at the Pontificia Catolica University in Santiago, Chile this semester.

Nierman’s future plans include applying to doctoral programs in social psychology, possibly at Harvard, Michigan and Princeton. She is the daughter of Glenn and Shari Nierman, who are residents of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Beinecke Scholarships are intended “to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study.” In the past five years, Pomona College has had four Beinecke scholarship winners.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.