Scholarship Adds Up For Alumnus
Jan. 11, 2016 -- After completing his master’s degree from UNLV, Alex Moore '11 '14 PhD-Psychology, was awarded the UNLV Alumni Association's prestigious Sterling Scholarship of $5,000 to help him complete his doctoral program. The Sterling Scholarship is awarded annually and is funded by the UNLV License Plate fund, a program sponsored by the Nevada DMV.
Following his undergraduate work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Moore decided to attend UNLV after discovering UNLV’s experimental psychology program through Dr. Mark Ashcraft, chair of UNLV’s Department of Psychology. Dr. Ashcraft is a nationally recognized expert in the field of mathematical cognition, Moore’s area of study.
Dr. Moore completed both his master's and doctoral degrees from UNLV. In his dissertation, Dr. Moore studied how mathematics anxiety impacts working memory and attention when completing basic mathematical computations. He pinpointed which aspects of cognitive processing are most susceptible to the effects of anxiety, which can help math instructors develop new instruction techniques.
Today, Dr. Moore is at the University of Missouri as a postdoctoral fellow, working with Dr. David Geary who is a leader in mathematical skill development. In a recent interview, he stated, “When I received the scholarship it was a surprise. I felt honored to have been selected. Graduate scholarships are rare, especially one for $5,000. This scholarship fully funded my dissertation research, which was a big step in pursuing a career in research and teaching."
Pictured right: Dr. Alex Moore '11 '14 took a moment to explain his doctoral work from his office at UNLV the fall of 2013.