Tomi-Ann Roberts of the department of psychology at Brigham Young University has received a nationally recognized award.

The assistant professor received the 1989 Student Prize for Psychological Research on Women and Gender from the Association for Women in Psychology and the Division of Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association.The prize is for a paper written before her graduation this year from Stanford University called "Gender and the Influence of Evaluations on Self Assessments in Achievement Settings."

Based on research with Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Roberts said men react in a competitive and self-confident manner when others rate their achievement. Women look at those situations as chances to gain insights about their abilities.