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Students, Excellence, & Student Excellence

Posted on March 23, 2017 by Paul Silvia

Every year, UNCG gives out the Student Excellence Award, the university’s highest honor for undergraduate students. Lots of students are nominated, but only the valiant get it.

I was delighted to hear that two of our senior PSY majors—Anna Warner and Natalia Husby—just received the Student Excellence Award. We in Psychology know that we have a lot of excellent students, but it’s nevertheless nice to know that other parts of the university agree.

I asked Anna and Natalia to give a quick overview of what they’ve been up to.

Anna Warner

I have been working in the Depression Treatment and Research Program for two years. I also worked in the RIGHT TRACK lab for a summer to gain more research experience. Along with my involvement in DTRP, I am working at the BB&T Leadership Institute as a Human Systems Analytics Intern. My research investigates how facets of self-compassion can lessen the severity of depressive symptoms. Aside from my involvement in research, I am an Honors Ambassador and University Marshal, and I was a tutor for PSY 310 and PSY 311 for two semesters. Additionally, I studied abroad at The American College of Madrid last summer. After graduation, I plan on getting more I/O experience at BB&T Leadership Institute. I will also continue to work in the DTRP Lab and start another independent study research project.

Natalia Husby

I’m currently in Dr. George Michel’s lab, working as a research assistant, and I’m working on my honors thesis with Gaby Livas-Stein, whose lab I joined in my freshman year. My thesis examines the effects of foreign-based discrimination on the academic motivation of Latino adolescents. I have tutored for UNCG’s Student Success Center the past three years. After graduating, I will be attending the University of Delaware for a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience.


Your humble blogger would point out that Anna’s and Natalia’s paths illustrate a point we often say to students: get involved in outside-the-classroom activities. It isn’t enough to attend class and do well: that’s the bare minimum for a PSY major. Join a research lab, get involved in campus groups, and generally get out and learn as much as possible in the short time you have left. Even if you don’t win an award, you’ll learn a lot and grow professionally.

Congrats, you two!

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