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Melanie LaBeau

Melanie LaBeau

Melanie LaBeau

Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice

Hampton, Virginia


Melanie LaBeau, originally from Hampton, Virginia, graduated in May of 2016 with a degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. During her four years at Pembroke, Melanie worked along side of Dr. Kelly Charlton to research criminal background checks and interaction within the work place. Having her work published in the American Psychological Symposium in 2014 and 2015 was a very proud accomplishment of hers, as well as being able to attend the symposium in 2015 that took place in New York. Being in the Honors College was very rewarding to Melanie because she had more access to resources on campus and early registration.

Melanie’s senior project was an extension of the research she did with Dr. Charlton. She focused on how women behave in the work place and how women judge each other based on looks, level of attractiveness, and level of sexuality. Melanie also researched about how women can instantly hate each other due to being competitive in the work place.

Prior to graduation in May of 2016 Melanie attended graduate school to further her studies. She advises honors students to stick with it and keep their grades up, because “it is truly worth it to put in the extra effort to be able to graduate with the Honors College credentials.” Melanie’s greatest memory at UNCP was having her own research displayed in New York, especially at the age of 21. It was amazing for Melanie to be that young and already have her own research out, and displayed, at a national symposium.

Senior Project
Thesis: At the Water Cooler: The Effect of Gender and Innuendo on Workplace Interactions
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Charlton