Noel Bradford is from Durham, North Carolina, and graduated in May of 2018 with a degree in psychology. She was proud to present her research poster titled “Perceptions of Cheating” at the Annual Psychological Society (APS) Conference in Boston, MA in May of 2017. Noel was proud to be a member of the honors college during her undergraduate years and maintain a strong academic record: “I think that the amount of service-learning opportunities within the honors college is very rewarding because without them I don’t think I would be as connected with the community, faculty and staff.
Noel’s senior project consisted of a thesis titled “Perceptions in Gossip.” This was a psychological research study that she conducted along with Dr. Kelly Charlton to see how gender and type of gossip effects people’s perceptions of people who gossip in the work place.
After graduation Noel took a year off to explore different graduate school options in the field of psychology. During her break she continued to work and research alongside Dr. Kelly Charlton. Noel advises honors students to stick with it because although it can be challenging at times in the end it is rewarding: “I wouldn’t be as successful as I am if I wasn’t a member of the honors college.” Noel also encourages students to access all the resources the honors college offers because they provide excellent opportunities and support. Her greatest memory at UNCP is attending the APS conference last May and having the opportunity to represent UNC Pembroke and having her research recognized at a conference outside of North Carolina.
Thesis: Spilling the Tea: Investigating the Effects of Gender and Tone on Perceptions of Gossip
Faculty Mentor: Kelly Charlton