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Student awarded University's highest academic honor (2) (Released: 2/18/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Alyssa Benedict of CRANSTON, Rhode Island, a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in psychology, has been named a University Scholar, the highest academic honor the University bestows on undergraduate students.

Once selected, a University Scholar is allowed to pursue an academic program tailored to his or her unique intellectual interests and abilities. Benedict's University Scholar project is titled, "Connecticut's Judicial System and the Psychosocial Development of Adolescent Women," integrating the fields of psychology, public health, sociology and family studies.

The project will involve research on intervention programs for treating adolescent girls who have received a court sentence.

A graduate of Cranston High School, Benedict has worked as a counselor at Rhode Island Teen Institute, a substance abuse prevention camp, and for two years was a mental health worker at Butler Psychiatric Hospital in Providence, R. I.

At UConn she has been active with ConnPIRG (the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group), and represented Connecticut at a conference in Washington, D.C.