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Graduate Program

NSF Funded Research Strives to Understand Political Affiliation as Social Identity

Adam Smiley
Adam Smiley

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is highly competitive and provides fellowship support for graduate students (master or doctoral) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Recipients are given a three-year award consisting of a fellowship stipend and an education allowance, in addition to the powerful networking opportunities and resources afforded by being selected as a fellow. 

The Department of Psychology is fortunate to have several NSF fellows in our graduate program. Adam Smiley, a second year student in the Social Psychology & Personality Area with Dr. Cheryl Kaiser, is our most recent recipient of this prestigious fellowship.

Read more about Adam here.


Spring 2020 Updates from the Diversity Steering Committee

Diversity Steering Committee
Diversity Steering Committee

This year the Diversity Steering Committee (DSC) pushed forward several new projects and initiatives. Here are some highlights.

Spring Research Festival & Awards

Our 49th Annual Psychology Research Festival took place online this year due to remote learning for Spring 2020. We had 17 students present their research in 15mins talks followed by 5 minutes of question-and-answer. Many members of the department and guests attended virtually which made the event feel special and community-supported. Following the research talks we presented awards which have been distributed during Spring and Summer 2020.

Find out all about the awards and awardees here.

Graduate Accomplishments

Coverage of Research and Awards

Dominic Sivitilli (Behavioral Neuroscience Area) and Professor David Gire's research on octopus intelligence continued to receive coverage in the The Daily and Seattle Met

Professors Lori Zoellner and Michele Bedard-Gilligan along with graduate student, Emma PeConga (Adult Clinical Area), discuss anxiety, fear and active problem solving while dealing with an ambiguously threatening environment in the Seattle Times.

Rosemary Walker and Pete Rosencrans (Adult Clinical Area with Lori Zoellner) talk about mental health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, and how to cope in an episode of This Podcast Will Kill You.

Congratulations to Adam Smiley (Social Psychology & Personality Area with Cheryl Kaiser) just received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! We have a research spotlight on our newest NSF recipient and his research in this newsletter.

Adam Kuczynski (Adult Clinial Area) with Professors Jonathan Kanter and Susan Joslyn, have received much attention for their various research on isolation, social distancing, fatigue, and human connection.

Megan Ramaiya (Adult Clinical Area with Jane Simoni) was awarded the Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship for her work in Nepal. It is a $4,000 award that will support her travel and project expenses.

Prerna Martin (Child Clinical Area with Shannon Dorsey) was recently selected to receive the 2020-2021Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship.  It is a one-quarter fellowship which provides stipend, tuition waivers, and graduate student health insurance from the Graduate School. Congratulations!

Master's Degrees Completed

Laina Keim (Child Clinical Area with Lynn Fainsilber Katz)

Doris Dai (Social Psychology & Personality Area with Stephanie Fryberg)

Candidate Status Achieved

Jessica Burgeno (Cognition & Perception Area with Susan Joslyn)

Kevan Kidder (Behavioral Neuroscience Area with Sheri J.Y. Mizumori)

Kevin Kuehn (Child Clinical Area with Kevin King)

Thea Weiss (Developmental Area with Peter Kahn)

Graduated with Doctoral Degrees

Eric Gomez (Social Psychology & Personality Area with Cheryl Kaiser)

Brian Jackson (Behavioral Neuroscience Area with David Gire)