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Undergraduate Accomplishments

The Psychology Department is proud of the numerous accomplishments of our undergraduate students. In addition to the achievements of the students profiled in the Awards & Recognitions article, check out some additional highlights from this year:

The Guthrie Prize is awarded annually to two students for excellent writing in psychology. This year's winner for the Best Empirical Paper is Betty Wang. Betty's paper, titled "On the Value of Data Loss: A Study of Atypical Attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder Using Eye Tracking," was completed under the direction of Dr. Frederick Shic of Seattle Children's Hospital. Betty is a Psychology honors student and graduates Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Eduction, Learning & Societies.

The Guthrie Prize winner for the Best Conceptual Paper is Eva Johnson. Eva's paper, titled "Heterogeneity Across Individuals with Comorbid Anxiety and Chronic Pain and the Efficacy of Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Treatments," was completed under the direction of Dr. Kate Foster. Eva will continue on as a Psychology honors students working with Dr. Foster and is set to graduate in the coming year.

This year, 19 Psychology majors were named Mary Gates Leadership or Research Scholars. These dedicated students are: Elizabeth Abel, Ahmed Alattas, Kylee Bunch, Rikhia Chatterjee, Beatriz Cuevas, Daniel Guion, Lisa Gyuro, Maria Ilac, Caroline Jones, Shivani Pandey, Aiva Petriceks, Kitty Slocum, Lu Song, Katie Spink, Alder Strange, Ziheng Wang, Mingkang Zhou, Stephanie Zhu, and Sophie Ziliak.

In winter quarter, 12 students were named recipients of a Hagenstein Research Travel Award. Made possible by the Ruth H. Hagenstein Endowment, these travel awards assist undergraduate Psychology majors who plan to attend and present at professional conferences. This year's Hagenstein Scholars are: Ahmed Alattas, Alec Bergen, Alexis Florence, Jordan Ingersoll, Allegra Johnson, Cristian Rivera Nales, Macey Schallert, Lu Song, Katie Spink, Mars Torres, Aleksandra Umanskaya, and Sophie Ziliak.

Five Psychology majors were selected to be part of the McNair Scholars cohort. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program provides strong mentorship and guidance for students who are planning to pursue doctoral studies. Congratuations to the 2019-2020 McNair Scholars Daniela Acuna, Sahian Cruz, Beatriz Cuevas, Yasmin Landa, and Keionna Newton.