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Tristin Nyman Honored with P.E.O. Scholar Award

Supporting Women… Changing the World
Tristin Nyman, M.S., a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Texas A&M University, is one of 100 doctoral students in the United States and Canada selected to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood ( She was sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter JM of College Station, TX (

Tristin is the daughter of Jim Nyman, of Waddell, AZ, and Tayna Burtness of Orfordville, WI. She is a 2013 graduate of Carthage College (B.A.), where she earned All-College Honors and Departmental Honors in Psychology. She is also a 2016 graduate of the Eastern Michigan University (M.S.) and 2018 graduate of Texas A&M University (M.S.). In 2020, she was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award (NRSA) F31 Fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to support her research on child anxiety development. Tristin will continue her predoctoral training at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD during the 2021-2022 academic year. She is expected to graduate with her Ph.D. in August 2022.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at an accredited college or university. Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.
The P.E.O. Sisterhood, founded January 21, 1869, at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women. Approximately 6,000 local chapters exist in the United States and Canada, with nearly a quarter of a million active members.