The Faculty Senate Award is given to a senior student who has demonstrated exceptional skills and productivity in an independent study project. An independent study project is defined as a faculty-supervised research or scholarly work that has as its goal the publication, presentation and/or exhibition of the results. The project should be conducted outside of a formal classroom and last at least one semester, preferably longer. This award will be presented upon completion of degree requirements. This award does not have to be given if the committee determines there are no suitable nominees during a particular year. The Faculty Senate sponsors this award.
Throughout his time at NKU, Devon Moffett chased an intellectual interest in political theories and economic behaviors. His favorite experience was conducting an independent study focused on underemployment and union political behavior with Dr. Shauna Riley.
Devon became known by faculty and students for his writing, curiosity and engagement, and his impact eventually moved beyond the classroom. He’s presented three papers at academic conferences and has had two publications appear in peer-reviewed journals. Devon also served as the editor for NKU’s Student Research and Creative Activity’s Nýsa, an academic journal that showcases student research.
“Devon’s innovation at problem solving and diligence in the classroom prepare him not only to be an excellent researcher, but also a strong career in our discipline,” Dr. Shauna Riley says. “He is the type of student we seek for his tenacity and commitment to learning both in the classroom and beyond.”
Earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Bachelor of Science in economics, Devon plans to pursue his PhD in political science upon graduation.