Matthew McMurray (Assistant Professor of Psychology)

Mallory-Wilson Center Faculty/Staff Recognition Award Recipient

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
  • teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biopsychology, neuroscience, and behavioral sciences
  • oversees undergraduate research on how early exposure to drugs of abuse, especially during adolescence, causes long term alterations in decision-making
  • runs the Broadening Undergraduate Research Participation in Behavioral Neuroscience program
The level of involvement that he encourages in his lab and the level of independence this entails is nearly unmatched at Miami. Many of us will work 15-20 hours a week on our independent projects, allowing us to gain an immense depth of experience as undergraduates.”

The 2018-2019 awardee of the Mallory-Wilson Center Faculty/Staff Recognition Award is Dr. Matthew McMurray, an Assistant Professor at Miami University. This award was established by the Mallory-Wilson Center Board of Directors in 2014 to honor one Miami University faculty or staff person each year who demonstrated outstanding dedication and commitment to undergraduate pre-medical training.The Mallory-Wilson Center Student Advisory Board solicits nominations for the award from graduating seniors and then select the awardee from nominations received.

Dr. McMurray received multiple nominations from students who have described Dr. McMurray’s great impact on students in Miami’s pre-health community. Here are a few excerpts from their nominations:

“The level of involvement that he encourages in his lab and the level of independence this entails is nearly unmatched at Miami. Many of us will work 15-20 hours a week on our independent projects, allowing us to gain an immense depth of experience as undergraduates.”

“He genuinely cared about how I and other students were doing and constantly tried to help us understand the material. When there was confusion, he never made students feel bad about not knowing the answer and continuously tried to encourage students to help each other fill in the gaps.”

“He is a model example of integrity, intelligence, and dedication. He has high expectations, but it pushes students to be their best. His mentorship has been priceless to me and numerous other students.”

Their nominations clearly demonstrated to the Mallory Wilson Center Student Advisory Board that Dr. McMurray is a wonderful asset to Miami’s pre-health students and a very deserving recipient of this year’s Faculty/Staff Recognition Award.

Congratulations to Dr. McMurray on earning this student honor, and the Mallory-Wilson Center thanks you for working to enhance the Pre-health experience at Miami!

[April 2019]