Christina Larson Belknap ’12 has been given the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Student Award for 2012.
“I was thrilled to be recognized as outstanding student for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” said Belknap. “It means so much to be recognized for my hard work. I’m very proud of the person I have become during my time at UMaine. Through my classes and opportunities given to me by my professors, I learned where my strengths lie. I left UMaine with an entirely different outlook and am excited to further my education in either a forensic psychology program or in law school.”
With double degrees in Psychology and Theatre, as well as a minor in Legal Studies, Belknap is a non-traditional student who worked full time for several years prior to returning to college. She made Dean’s list every semester and is a member of four National Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Psi Omega, the Theatre Honor Society for which she served as both business manager and president, and Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society. Recipient of the Presidential Achievement Award, she earned the Presidential Scholar Award three times. In addition to her excellent academic record, Belknap has made special contributions to both psychology and theatre.
She earned the Dickinson Award for achievement in psychology in 2010 and the Michelle Alexander Award for achievement in social psychology in 2011. For her excellence in theatre, she earned the Richard and William Newdick Theatre Scholarship in 2009 and 2011 and the Roger B. Hill Humanities Scholarship in 2010. A research assistant in Professor Shannon McCoy’s Social Psychophysiology Lab for three years, she made substantial contributions to a number of research projects. She is an author of six peer reviewed presentations at national conferences.
An accomplished actor, singer, and dancer, Belknap most recently played Mrs. Lovett in the summer stock production of “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the UMaine Summer Music Theatre Festival. She has been a vital member of other UMaine productions including “Speech and Debate, “Savage in Limbo,” “Boy’s Life,” “Side Show,” “Hair,” and “Scapin.” Her theatrical work extended into the community with performances at the Waterville Opera House and other theatres.
Calling Belknap “very bright and detail oriented,” Professor Tom Mikotowicz, chair of the Division of Theatre/Dance of the School of Performing Arts, said Belknap was stellar in her demanding leading role as Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd and did much scholarly research to prepare for the role. “Christina was always happy to work in technical areas when extra help was needed in production,” he said. “Enthusiastic and energetic, she was a convivial member of the production team and was well liked and respected by her peers as well as our faculty and professional staff.”