CSUSB’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences names outstanding graduate student


Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has named Kimberly A. French as its outstanding graduate student.

Kimberly French

Kimberly French

French will participate in commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 16, at 12:45 p.m. in the university’s first dedicated graduate student ceremony at the campus’s Coussoulis Arena, where she will receive a master of science degree in industrial-organizational psychology.

French has been an exceptional student, an active scholar and a valuable community citizen who maintained a 4.0 grade point average in a highly rigorous program, according to the nomination letter submitted by her mentor, Mark Agars, a professor of psychology and assistant dean of the college.

She has also been an active researcher and scholar. Working with Agars, French served as project director for the Work, Family, Life project, which is an investigation into the work and family challenges faced by low-income workers in the Inland Empire.

“Kim is well regarded by our faculty for her intellect, enthusiasm for research and commitment to conducting work that has a meaningful impact on the community,” said Agars.

French, 25, collaborated closely with community partners, including Catholic Charities and Community Action Partnership, to ensure proper attention was given to the work-family project.

Based on that research, French and her cohort co-authored their first published article, “What if work-family research actually considered workers and their families?” in the Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

This spring, she presented her research findings on work and family issues at the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and was invited to present her work at the inaugural meetings of the work and family researchers’ network to be held in New York this month.

French and her fellow graduate student group have written a second journal article, “Development of the Facebook Motivation Likelihood Scale,” which was recently published in Psychology Student Research Journal this month.

A resident of San Bernardino, French has also served as a graduate teaching instructor in the college and has conducted research with several other psychology department faculty members.

French has been accepted to the University of South Florida to pursue a doctoral degree. She has already been recruited to work with one of the top “work and family” scholars in the country, Tammy Allen, professor of psychology at USF.

“USF was so interested in French that they awarded a Presidential Fellowship, one of only a handful given each year, which includes a full tuition waiver and guaranteed $25,000 annual stipend for each of the next five years,” said Agars.

The graduation ceremonies at Cal State San Bernardino’s Coussoulis Arena will be streamed online on the university’s academic computing and media live webcast page. For more information on the university’s commencement ceremonies, visit the CSUSB commencement Web page.

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