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UW-Eau Claire Graduate Student
Receives State Award
MAILED: June 3, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — For the sixth consecutive year, the Wisconsin School Psychologist Association selected a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduate student as the recipient of the Allard Award.
The $500 award, given to the most outstanding nondoctoral level graduate in Wisconsin, was presented to Steven Carlson, a school psychology graduate student from Pillager, Minn.
Carlson says he was honored and surprised to receive the award, particularly since it was the sixth year in a row that a student from UW-Eau Claire was selected.
In the letter nominating Carlson for the award, faculty members of the school psychology program noted that with his 4.00 cumulative grade point average after completing 49 graduate credits, they would rate Carlson among the top two percent of all their graduate students over the past ten years.
Recognizing Carlson as an outstanding student and leader based on his undergraduate career at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, UW-Eau Claire awarded him a graduate assistantship during both years of his graduate studies. He was selected to work at the Human Development Center, an interdisciplinary clinic and research center at UW-Eau Claire, where he was involved in a number of different projects, including developing a Web site that will bring together a number of resources helpful to school psychologists.
Carlson also participated in a number of activities and opportunities at the Lac du Flambeau Indian Reservation, including working with the Head Start Program, Lac du Flambeau Youth Center and the tribal school.
The nomination letter also notes that Carlson collaborated with Dr. William Frankenberger, professor of psychology and Carlson's faculty supervisor, and Katarina House, a psychologist at North High School who was doing an internship at UW-Eau Claire at the time, on a research project that was partially funded by a University Research and Creative Activities grant. The grant included funds for Carlson to travel to Sweden and he participated in the presentation of the results of "International Perspectives on Inattentive and Hyperactive/Impulsive Behaviors in the Classroom: Do Teachers in Sweden and the United States View These Behaviors Differently?" at the NASP 2002 convention in Chicago. He is currently preparing it for submission to a professional journal.
Carlson said that although he could have chosen from a number of different graduate schools, he chose UW-Eau Claire because he was looking for a smaller program where he would be likely to know all his fellow graduate students and have more opportunities to know and work collaboratively with his professors.
"My instincts seem to have been right," Carlson noted. "My experience at UW-Eau Claire has been very good. I'm not sure I would have had the opportunity to do things like travel to Sweden for research or work somewhere like the Human Development Center if I'd gone somewhere else. And although when I came into the program I was more interested in the applied aspects of the profession, such as counseling and clinical work, it's been very nice to work with Dr. Frankenberger because he's so enthusiastic about the research and his enthusiasm is infectious."
Frankenberger says he believes that Carlson's exceptional academic and interpersonal skills, as well as his dedication to the field of school psychology, will lead him to be successful and to have a positive influence on the children and families with whom he works and on the profession.
"Steve possesses the characteristics of outstanding intellectual ability and concern and empathy for others. Our first year students have consistently expressed their gratitude for the mentoring Steve and the other second year students provided for them. Overall, Steve has the personality characteristics that will allow him to function effectively with colleagues, students, and their parents," said Frankenberger.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 3, 2002