Alumna Accepted to Cambridge Graduate Program

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Winifred Limmer, a 2006 Westminster College graduate in psychology, was accepted as a graduate student in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Cambridge School of Biological Sciences.

Limmer will travel to England in the fall to begin her postgraduate studies.

She will study with Trevor Robbins, professor of cognitive neuroscience, head of the psychology department, and director of the Cambridge MRC Centre in Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience. He is one of the leading researchers in the analysis of the reward systems of the brain.

While at Westminster, Limmer conducted research to investigate the respective roles of obsessive-compulsive symptomology, comorbid depression, and hyperarousal in the impairment of executive functioning. Her undergraduate research was under the supervision of Dr. Kirk Lunnen, Westminster associate professor of psychology.

She is currently a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Gluck at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J.

Contact Dr. Alan Gittis, Westminster professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, at (724) 946-7358 or e-mail for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is ranked 15th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly 2007 Annual College Guide. Westminster is a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 368 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and was recognized by the Templeton Guide as a "Character Building College."

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus.

Winnie Limmer