NORTH NEWTON, KAN. - Bethel College senior Michael Klein, a psychology major from Durham, received the Bethel College Thresher Award in Psychology during the college's annual Awards Convocation May 12. The convocation, held at the end of each spring semester, recognizes academic excellence.
The Thresher Award is given to graduating seniors for outstanding and sustained contribution in performance areas, for outstanding creative achievement in the applied sciences, or for completion of an outstanding and substantial academic project.
Klein received the award for his extensive work in the Psychology Department at Bethel College where he has been a research and teaching assistant in the department and a project assistant for the Bethel Science Collaboratory.
His senior thesis project "Psychophysiological and Emotional Dynamic Responses to Music: An Exploration of a Two-Dimensional Model" was the subject of several presentations given locally and at two national student research conferences, earning him a first-place award at one of them.
"Mike has been an excellent student in every way. His senior thesis was truly a remarkable effort, both in quality and in magnitude," said presenter Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology at Bethel College.
Klein was one of seven graduating seniors to receive Thresher Awards this year.