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YSU student wins top award at national conference

In the past decade, YSU students have received four top awards at the conference.
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Youngstown State University student Noor Khaleyleh stands next to her winning poster depicting her research project at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of YSU)

YOUNGSTOWN — Noor Khaleyleh, a senior psychology major at Youngstown State University, placed first at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in New Orleans earlier this month.

Khaleyleh won the top award in the education and pedagogy category for her poster depicting her research project titled “Assessing Life Experiences: Developing an Ecologically-Valid Measure of Critical Thinking,” advised by Michael Raulin, YSU associate professor of psychology.

“Noor is one of those amazing students who combines raw intellect, hard work and a desire to constantly improve to reach incredible levels of achievement,” Raulin said in a news release. “I could not be more proud of her.”

Khaleyleh’s project focuses on evaluating existing critical thinking measures and better understanding critical thinking skills in an academic setting.

"This experience has given me the confidence that I can not only excel as a student but as a professional as well. I strongly believe that with every opportunity given to me, I have to give back,” Khaleyleh said. “I hope by sharing my experience, it inspires others to take on opportunities that will allow them to excel in their own career and encourage others to do so as well."

The NCHC conference brings together students, faculty and administrators from across the world to collaborate and inspire new ideas and energy into honors education. YSU students have been attending the conference since 2008. In the past decade, YSU students have received four top awards.

“Our students’ consistent success at this level demonstrates their motivation, academic quality of YSU programs and investment of faculty who have prepared them to compete on the national stage,” said Amy Cossentino, dean of the Honors College.

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