CASL to recognize Chancellor's Medallion recipients, April 2018

April 13, 2018

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters will recognize two Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the university's commencement ceremony on April 29.

Monica De Roche and Brock Rowberry will be recognized as CASL's two Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the university's commencement ceremony on April 29. Ms. De Roche will also speak at the graduation. Each commencement, faculty choose Chancellor's Medallion recipients based on academic records, quality of character, vitality, intellect and integrity.

Ms. Monica Marie De Roche graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and political science, with high distinction. She completed her double major in only three years. Ms. De Roche was named to the Dean’s List every semester. She received UM-Dearborn Honors three times, was named a James B. Angell Scholar in 2018 and was named Political Science Honors Scholar in Winter 2018. Ms. De Roche also has earned 16 scholarships and grants from both internal and external sources to fund her education. These include the Velda Taylor Scholarship, the CEW Linda J. Rider Scholarship, the CASL Alumni Affiliate Scholarship, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation Scholarship and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Scholarship. She was also a recipient of the MCubed Scholars Grant.

Ms. De Roche has excelled in research and community engagement. She completed the Psychology Honors Program, which involved developing, carrying out and presenting the results of her independent honors thesis, The Effect of Gender Role Courses on Attitudes and Policy Preferences in College Students. Her excellence in research and in course work led Psychology Assistant Professor Harmony Reppond to select Ms. De Roche to work with her on a large, grant-funded research project examining food insecurity on college campuses. Her work on the project was described as at the level of a graduate student, and her performance led to her role as a lead author on the team’s 2018 policy report. Her academic excellence also led Social Sciences Assistant Professor Emily Matthews Luxon to invite her to co-launch a joint research project investigating theories of self in political speech, which is expected to result in multiple published manuscripts over the long term.

Ms. De Roche has presented her research at a number of professional conferences, including the Midwestern Psychological Association conference and the Midwest Political Science Association conference. She also has one manuscript (a collaboration with the College & University Pantries research team) under review at the Journal of Community Practice and two others in preparation, one to be submitted to Journal of Applied Social Psychology and the other to be submitted to Political Psychology.

In addition to research, Ms. De Roche has served in a number of extracurricular capacities, including as a teaching assistant for Social Sciences Lecturer Jamie Wraight’s Aspects of the Holocaust course; she will accompany him to Poland and Germany this summer to conduct independent research on The Moral Ambiguities of Ethical Behavior in Conflict as part of a seminar of select graduate students and faculty members studying various aspects of the Holocaust.

Ms. De Roche was recently named a 2018 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker. Nominated by faculty and staff, Difference Maker recipients are recognized for academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and creative contribution in and out of the classroom.

Ms. De Roche has earned acceptance with fellowship funding to several Ph.D. programs, and she will begin her doctorate studies in political science with a concentration in political psychology in Fall 2018.


Mr. Brock Rowberry graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and mathematics. He also completed the UM-Dearborn Honors Program. He graduates with high distinction having earned a grade point average of 4.0 in economics and mathematics and 3.99 overall. Mr. Rowberry has been named to the Dean’s List each semester of his undergraduate career, recognized with University Honors six times and named a James B. Angell Scholar for six consecutive semesters. He was the Economics Honors Scholar in 2018, received the Joan Robinson Award in Economic Theory, the Economics Leadership Award and the William J. Branstrom Freshman Prize. He is a recipient of the Tuition Differential Scholarship for International Students and the UM-Dearborn Honors Program Scholarship. 

Mr. Rowberry held internships at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and in the office of a member of the Parliament of Canada. His campus activities include President of the Economics Club and co-founder of the Math Club. Mr. Rowberry also served as a student mentor for both economics and mathematics courses, and as a tutor in the Math Learning Center. Mr. Rowberry completed three major research projects in economics capstone courses on topics including labor productivity, monetary policy, and the futures price of the coffee commodity. His interdisciplinary directed study in math and economics, A Wavelet Analysis of the Twin Deficit Hypothesis, is the first study to use wavelets to examine the relationship between trade deficits and budget deficits.

After graduation, Mr. Rowberry will pursue a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.


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