PAP President Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe-Alvarez presents the Best Undergraduate Thesis Awards during the 2018 PAPJA Convention at the Mall of Asia on 26 January 2018. Photo by Randolph R. Reserva.

Ateneo de Davao University AB Psychology student Rey Jan Pusta placed second for Best Thesis Award, as adjudged by the Scientific Committee of the 2018 Psychological Association of the Philippines – Junior Affiliates (PAPJA).

The recognition was made during the 26 January 2018 opening session of the annual PAPJA Convention at the Mall of Asia in Manila where close to 8,000 undergraduate psychology majors from over 200 schools all over the Philippines were in attendance.

Pusta was the only solo author among the nominations for outstanding theses submitted by contending schools. His winning paper analyzed the impact of environmental education on the attitudes of Junior High School students towards environmental conservation.

Pusta’s thesis was mentored by Dr. Gail T. Ilagan and reviewed by a panel composed of Dr. Gina Lamzon, Mr. Randolph Reserva, and Mr. Teofilo Limikid.