FHSU announces third annual graduate thesis competition winners

Fort Hays State University's Thesis Review Committee has announced the winners of the FHSU Graduate Thesis Competition for the 2002-2003 year.

Brad Chapin, Beloit graduate student, has been selected as the winner. His thesis has also been submitted as FHSU's nominee for the 2003 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools' Competition.

Chapin received his bachelor of science in psychology in 1999 from FHSU and completed a master of science in clinical psychology during the summer of 2002.

For winning the competition, Chapin was awarded a $250 and a certificate.

His thesis is "Relationship of Fundamental Motives to Psychological Needs, Well-being, and Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation." It was selected because of the clarity of the writing, the meticulous data analysis and the contribution the thesis makes to the literature in the field of human psychology.

The runners-up for the competition were Jamie Timson, Salina graduate student in biological sciences, and Curtis Stevens, Scott City graduate student in history.

Timson's thesis is "Breeding Productivity, Post-fledging Movements, and Description of the Immature Stage of House Wrens" and was advised by Dr. Greg Farley, associate professor of biological sciences.

Stevens' thesis is "The Decline of Southwestern Kansas: A History of Groundwater Management in Southwestern Kansas" and was advised by Dr. Raymond Wilson, professor of history. Each author was the recipient of a $150 prize and certificate.

Thesis Review Committee judges were Dr. David Goodlett, assistant professor of history; Dr. Frank Potter, associate professor of biological sciences; and Dr. Tom Schafer, assistant professor of geosciences.

The MAGS competition includes 15 other states with entries from more than 140 institutions.

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