Newsletter Edition

Summer 2018

Published: 06/12/2018

Letter from the Chair

Cheryl Kaiser

Psychology’s spring commencement was a fantastic celebration of the achievements of our 502 graduating seniors. This has been an incredible year for Psychology undergraduates, as our majors are the recipients of UW’s highest honors, including the Sophomore Medal, the Aker’s Scholarship, the Bonderman Fellowship, the Husky 100 Award, and Grace Woodard, one of our graduating seniors, was honored at the university-wide commencement ceremony as the President’s Medalist. We are so proud of the Class of 2018, and look forward to their accomplishments in the next stage of their lives.

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Faculty Spotlight: Kristina Olson wins the NSF Alan T. Waterman Award

Kristina Olson
Photo: NSF/Rich Riggins

This spring, Professor Kristina Olson was awarded the National Science Foundation’s 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award, which is the nation's highest honor for early career scientists that recognizes outstanding scientists under the age of 40 or within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D. Professor Olson is the first psychologist to receive the Waterman Award and the first woman since 2004 to receive the honor. As part of the award, Professor Olson will receive a five-year, $1 million research grant.

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President's Medalist: Grace Woodard

Grace Woodard
Grace Woodard

Growing up in Eastern Washington, Grace Woodard notes that it was not always easy to be a Husky fan. Thankfully, Grace's father, a UW alumnus, not only taught her to be a fan of the Dawgs but, as her high school AP Psychology teacher, helped to ignite her passion for the discipline. Fast forward to the present and Grace is doing her father and her department proud as she was recently awarded the President's Medal.

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Developmental and Clinical Student Wins Prestigious NSF Fellowship

Lily Durwood
Lily Durwood

The Psychology Graduate Program is proud to have another NSF award recipient in our department! As a second year student in the Developmental and Child Clinical areas, Lily Durwood's funded research examines predictors of well-being among transgender youth. 

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Alumni Who Give Back: Shihfen Tu and Craig Mason

Craig, Shihfen, and their sons
Craig, Shihfen, and their sons

Shihfen Tu and Craig Mason met on their first day of graduate school with the University of Washington Department of Psychology in the fall of 1987. As partners in life, work, and philanthropy, they have gone on to have a meaningful impact in both the field of Psychology and by giving back to the University of Washington.

Read more about our alumni supporters.