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Published: 12/04/2014
Winter 2014


UW Psi Chi: Working Together to Build Community

"Since I joined Psi Chi, I have not only made a lot of awesome new friends, but it has also allowed me to get to know professors outside of the classroom."

     - Lucy Dong, Psi Chi Social Media Chair

Psi Chi

With an active group of officers at the helm, the UW Chapter of Psi Chi is off to a great start this academic year. Psi Chi is the National Honor Society of Psychology in the United States, and one of a few international psychology honor societies. The purpose of the UW chapter is to encourage excellence in scholarship and to provide community building opportunities for undergraduate students of psychology. 

This year's group of student leaders includes eight officers who work toward carrying out the Psi Chi mission under the guidance of Psychology Department Academic Advisor Vicky Hansen and Principal Lecturer Laura Little. "As an officer for Psi Chi, I have a great time planning events and thinking of new ways to build a stronger psychology community," says Social Media Chair Lucy Dong. Events are open to all undergraduates interested in psychology.

Over the course of this academic year, Psi Chi will offer a variety of opportunities for psychology majors to come together for both academically focused and purely social activities. So far this year, students have been invited to participate in a movie night, a lunchtime pizza with the professor event, and a mindfulness study break that aimed to take the edge off of finals week. "Psi Chi chapter events provide valuable opportunities to get to know professors on a personal level and to meet students with similar interests," says Scholarship Chair Junting Yu.  

Psi Chi Pizza Membership Chair Shane Snyder concurs with his fellow officers with respect to the core value of the organization, noting that events often provide "a good way to ask questions or foster relationships to shorten the distance between students and professors." He looks forward to upcoming events that will include more pizza with the professor lunches, lab tours, movie nights, and a graduate student panel. 

Claudia Linares: Rising to the Challenges

Photo: Claudia Linares
Photo: Claudia Linares

Claudia Linares just finished her first quarter at UW and is already a highly accomplished student driven by a desire to help people cope with stress. She transferred to UW with a Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship because of her strength of character, intellectual ability, leadership, community service, and sense of purpose. Lean more about her journey and plans for the future.
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Undergraduate Accomplishments

Phi Beta Kappa

Students invited during fall quarter to join Phi Beta Kappa are:  Natali Coronel, Hannah Davich, Meyer Gorelick, Alex Kale, Mitchell Krawczyk, Shu Ying Sharon Lo, Carol Nishikawa, Leah Ogier, Yingxue Rao, Lauren Selby, Victoria Slaven, Kelsey Wallach, Mitchell Walton, Jasmine Yip, and Vera Zaytsev.  Congratulations to all of them!


The 2014 Guthrie Prize Winners

Adair Cardon and Alex M. Kale are the winners of the 2014 Guthrie Prize.

Adair's paper, "Copy Number Variants, Gender, and Perinatal Complications within Autism Spectrum Disorder," was sponsored by Raphael Bernier, Ph.D., and won in the Best Empirical Paper category.  Alex's paper, "Evaluating the Empirical Basis for Claims that Trichromacy in Primates is Adaptive," was sponsored by Steven Buck, Ph.D., and won in the Best Literature Review or Conceptual Paper category. 

Named for the late UW Psychology professor Edwin R. Guthrie, the Guthrie Prize is a high honor for any undergraduate student.  The prize was established to encourage excellent writing about psychology that is broad in scope and accessible to the non-specialist.

Congratulations to Adair and Alex!


Martin Honors Scholar

Claudia Linares is a Martin Honors Scholar.  Claudia began her studies here this fall quarter after transferring from Highline Community College.  The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program enables Washington community college students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their undergraduate degrees at the University of Washington Seattle campus. Read more about Claudia here.