UE Professor Lora Becker Receives University’s Eykamp Prize at Commencement

Posted: Saturday, May 6, 2017

University of Evansville associate professor of psychology and director of the neuroscience program Lora Becker was named the recipient of the 2017 Eykamp Prize during the University’s 159th Commencement exercises. Becker is the second recipient of the honor.

The award was established through the generosity the Eykamp family as a way to recognize extraordinary contributions made by UE faculty to the University.

Becker came to the University of Evansville nearly 18 years ago from the State University of New York-Binghamton where she earned a Master of Arts degree in psychology-psychobiology and a PhD in psychology-behavioral neuroscience. She earned a Bachelor of Science dual degree in biology and psychology from Wright State University. 

At UE, she has been named a Global Scholar, and she is passionately involved in the GAP Program that focuses on neuromarketing. Becker directed the summer reading program for several years as well as the major discovery program for undeclared students.  She is known for reaching across campus to all departments, schools, and colleges to develop curriculum and undergraduate research opportunities. 

On presenting Becker with the award, Rita Eykamp noted that Becker “exemplifies the goals of this award and has displayed extraordinary service to UE. She mentors students while taking a genuine personal interest in their success; and she is known for supporting the mission of the University through participation on campus committees and attending campus events.”

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