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Graduate Profiles

Autumn 2015 - Summer 2016

The Honors Program salutes its graduates!

Welcome! Please join us in celebrating the UW Honors Program graduates for the 2015-16 academic year. Below you will find a list of some College, Departmental, and Interdisciplinary Honors students who have completed, or are about to complete, their degrees here at University of Washington. We invite you to view their profiles to find out more about these remarkable individuals and their exciting plans for the future!

Sincerely,

The Honors Staff

Profiles submitted by June 5 will also be featured in our Celebration of Distinction slideshow

(2014-15 graduate profiles are still available here)

Bader Alfarhan

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Anthropology
Thesis title
An Exploration of Friendship among Kuwaiti and Saudi Men Studying Abroad in Seattle
Personal website or blog URL
https://www.linkedin.com/in/baderalfarhan
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Going out with my family to a place in Seattle that I've probably never been to before!
...One year after graduating?
Finishing up my first year of graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University!
...Ten years after graduating?
Finishing up my PhD somewhere!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Through Honors, I was able to challenge myself and become actively engaged in research. I got to meet a lot of friendly people along the way!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't underestimate yourself. And don't be too hard on yourself. You've made it this far, so why stop now?

Jean Anderson

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Social Work
Thesis title
Re-Victimization: From Child Sexual Abuse to Interpersonal Violence/Domestic Violence
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I will be at home relaxing with my family. I will be able to spend time with them and not be thinking about assignments I have to complete. They have been a super support for me during this time.
...One year after graduating?
I will be graduating with my Masters in Social Work!
...Ten years after graduating?
I will be working with children, youth and families whom have been impacted by child maltreatment or domestic violence. I will be a guide and support for them as they work to achieve healing and a better life.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I have learned a significant amount about the people I wish to serve. Since I enjoy academic challenges, the Honors program did exactly that. It has expanded my perspective on many subjects that I will take with me into my work and everyday life.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Keep going, don't give up. The journey is worth it.

Jonathan Bannick

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Accounting & Finance
Personal website or blog URL
http://jonathanbannick.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
enjoying the sun!
...One year after graduating?
completing my first year of work with Deloitte Consulting
...Ten years after graduating?
Living abroad
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Study abroad!

Indrayani Ananda

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Philosophy and Psychology, Minor in Comparative Religion
Thesis title
The Experiential Truths and Beauty of Poetry
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In the depths and bliss of my mind through deep breathing meditation.
...One year after graduating?
Samadhi.
...Ten years after graduating?
I expect to be in Nirvana teaching meditation, yoga, metaphysics (e.g., issues related to the nature of the self, existence, value, and meaning), ethics (e.g., animal welfare ethics, altruism, contemporary moral issues), philosophy for children, and philosophy of religion (Eastern and Western).
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Enjoy life while you are in school by bringing your mind into the present moment through breathing meditation. When you are truly present and Know Yourself, Life is Beautiful.Meditation makes everything easier, including your studies. Get that 4.0 the easy way! Meditate.

Nathan Bean

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Law, Societies, and Justice
Thesis title
Transnational NGOs in Haiti
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
"I stand up with my hands up\ Then I put up, my hands up\ I put up, my hands up\ I put up, my hands up\ Then I'm spinnin' all my hands up\ (Spinnin')\ Spinnin' while my hands up\ (Spinnin')\ Spinnin' while my hands up\ (Spinnin')\ Spinnin' while my hands up" -Beyonce
...One year after graduating?
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
...Ten years after graduating?
"Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh." - Al Swearengen
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I am not special. I am not a beautiful or unique snowflake. I am the same decaying organic matter as everything else. I just did the reading.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
In 1966, about 19 percent of college students graduated with honors. By 2013, 53 percent of students graduated with honors. You want my advice? Go travel. Have experiences. Be kind. Be uncomfortable. Get proximate. Change narratives. Be a hopeful person. Your GPA doesn't define you. Live your life.

Megan Beatty

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Business: Finance & Information Systems
Personal website or blog URL
www.meganbeatty.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I will be packing my backpack for my 13, 14, and 15th country-- Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
...One year after graduating?
I will be working at Microsoft as a Financial Rotational Analyst and continuing to discover what I want to do long term.
...Ten years after graduating?
I will have completed my "30 by 30" challenge-- traveling to 30 countries by the time I'm 30. At work, I will be pursuing something I love or discovering a path to get there.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The honors college has been the cornerstone of my undergraduate experience-- it is the place that I looked to to form a greater understanding of the world, the place that connected my seemingly unrelated interests, and the place that continues to push the boundaries of my thinking.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take time to explore-- the best things I have discovered in college I never planned to do.

Megan Benzing

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology
Thesis title
Dyadic Adjustment in Caregivers of Children Diagnosed with Cancer: The Role of Parent Meta-Emotion
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Enjoying waterfront brunch with my amazing family and friends!
...One year after graduating?
Hopefully abroad somewhere satisfying my travel bug, whilst getting ready to enter a Ph.D. program for Industrial Organizational Psychology with a focus on employee satisfaction and engagement!
...Ten years after graduating?
Working internally at a large company to improve all things centered around employee happiness. Also, starting a family, first by getting tons of puppies!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors Program helped me to grow my passion for research, and allowed me the opportunity to get experience in designing and executing my own research project. Without the program, I probably wouldn't have pursued such an rewarding undertaking.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't hold back! It is easy to fall into a routine of just doing "enough." There are so many opportunities at UW that are hard to find when you leave this wonderful community. Try it all!!

Rosalie Bigongiari

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Mathematics
Thesis title
A Migrating Aesthetic: Art, Urbanization and their Implications for Populations
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In the kitchen preparing a celebratory feast!
...One year after graduating?
Working in Seattle to promote arts education in public schools.
...Ten years after graduating?
Something that allows learning and creativity...who knows!!!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has been the most important part of my in-class experience. Through the Honors program, I participated in a meaningful Study Abroad program, completed a creative project that led me to redefine my passions completely, and discovered interests that led me to my current goals and aspirations.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
UW is so full of resources. Talk to Honors advisers, go to the Career Center, find out about what niche programs and groups exist that match your specific and weird academic interest!

Helen Chan

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Chemical Engineering
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Packing for a vacation in Japan!
...One year after graduating?
Working as a biomedical device process engineer at W.L. Gore.
...Ten years after graduating?
Possibly in grad school for biotechnology!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Make time for hobbies!

Rachel DeCordoba

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Environmental Science & Resource Management
Thesis title
Spatial and Climate Analysis of Bigleaf Maple Decline in Western WA
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Having a celebratory meal with family, unpacking boxes as I move into a new place, and taking lots of deep breaths!
...One year after graduating?
Working at an environmental consulting firm (or in a similar field), tap dancing, swing dancing, cooking, walking around Greenlake, and finding a way to continue pursuing musical theatre as a hobby with other UW Stage Notes alumni.
...Ten years after graduating?
Who knows? Lots of adventures!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has made me step out of my comfort zone in many ways, and for that I'm grateful. Living on an Honors floor my freshman year was the absolute best - shoutout to Poplar 4, the tightest-knit family any student could ask for!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Try everything! Food, experiences, classes, clubs, leadership positions, part-time jobs, sports, music. Step out of your comfort zone and sign up for that program you found at 2am when you couldn't sleep. And don't stress about the future, because no one else knows what they're doing either.

Ryan Drapeau

Quarter and Year of graduation
Autumn 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Computer Science
Thesis title
The Wisdom of Multiple Guesses
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
On a flight to Europe for some much needed "relaxation". Well, as relaxing as backpacking across countries can be.
...One year after graduating?
Working in downtown Seattle at Facebook as a Software Engineer.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working in the tech field unless my passion for photography brings me to quit and pursue it full time :)
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I was able to explore the theoretical through my honor's thesis. It was an amazing experience to collaborate with professors and PhD students during my time working on the project.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Become involved with research or TAing as soon as possible. They both unlock amazing opportunities and I'm glad that I was able to start it as early as I did.

Mengtong (Tom) Duan

Quarter and Year of graduation
Summer 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Biochemistry
Personal website or blog URL
www.linkedin.com/in/tomdmt
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Most likely showing my parents around Seattle
...One year after graduating?
Hopefully working in the field to gain experience
...Ten years after graduating?
Postdoctoral fellowship
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
It provided me with a sense of confidence in my abilities
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Get a mentor and get to know them well.

Luke Fisher

Quarter and Year of graduation
Winter 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Earth and Space Sciences: Geology
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I already graduated, but I was expecting to be back at my parents house in California.
...One year after graduating?
Working in Seattle as a field Technician at Earth Solutions NW
...Ten years after graduating?
Finished my PhD and working as a professional geologist or engineer
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
It pushed me to use all of the resources available to me as a student and to seek opportunities I might not have found.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Honors is something that you earn not something you are given. Earning something like departmental honors does not require being an exceptional student just someone who is determined.

Tara Ghassemikia

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Business Administration: Finance
Personal website or blog URL
http://taragkia.wix.com/honors-portfolio
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Packing my belongings and preparing to fly out to Capetown, South Africa.
...One year after graduating?
Working in Seattle at Camber Collective as a Business Analyst, being a loyal attendee of Husky football games, and spending my weekends camping/backpacking around Washington.
...Ten years after graduating?
Who knows - Life is full of plot twists.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
By taking a variety of disciplines each quarter, I have become a more intentional learner and interdisciplinary thinker. My honors courses were easily some of my favorites throughout my college experience.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take some time to travel alone. You'll learn more about yourself in those moments than any time in your life.

Kristen Hiatt

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Geography
Thesis title
Seattle's Global Mental Health Industry: Reinforcing or Challenging Existing Power Structures?
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Backpacking near Snoqualmie Pass!
...One year after graduating?
Working as a waitress in Latin America and applying to graduate school.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being apart of the Geography honors program allowed me to explore my own interests in an intensive setting and helped me realize how much I love research. I will always be grateful to have had that opportunity.

Elizabeth Idomskaya

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Speech and Hearing Sciences
Thesis title
The Influence of Caregiver Support on Friendships of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Personal website or blog URL
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-idomskaya-70b6a79b
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating in Seattle.
...One year after graduating?
Planning a trip to Europe before starting graduate school in the Fall.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working as a Speech Language Pathologist in a public school system somewhere on the west coast
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Completing my Honors Thesis has taught me about time management, organization, commitment, and hard work. It has been an exciting and interesting experience that has strengthened my passion for education, therapy, and research. I hope to continue researching throughout my education and career.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Be passionate about everything you do. It makes learning so much more exciting.

Estella Jung

Quarter and Year of graduation
Winter 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Political Economy and International Studies
Thesis title
Asia's Wonder: The Rapid Growth of South Korea After the War
Personal website or blog URL
www.jestella.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating with family and friends eating delicious food and finally catching up on Suits.
...One year after graduating?
Beginning my first year in law school.
...Ten years after graduating?
Practicing law and doing pro bono work.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors Program allowed me to have a well rounded college experience that I would not have had otherwise at such a large research university. It allowed me to interact closely with my peers in a small classroom setting and also gave me a chance to explore areas beyond my major.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Go on a study abroad! Whether it is for an entire quarter or for the summer, it is a great way to spend an extended period of time in a foreign country. It allows you to see the world from a different perspective and enables growth and transformation. Take full advantage of these opportunities.

Jennifer Helen Kang

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Computer Engineering and Informatics
Personal website or blog URL
http://jkangportfolio.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Driving down to Portland to relax and go hiking!
...One year after graduating?
Working at Microsoft on the OneNote Apple team! Also, traveling and exploring the world.
...Ten years after graduating?
Not sure but I know that I'll still continue to travel!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors gave me the opportunity to challenge myself either in the coursework or in grasping new topics.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
If you can take an extra quarter off to do an internship or experiential learning, then go for it! I gained a lot of experience, both professional and personal, through completing more internships and traveling.

Rachel Kirschner

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Geography
Thesis title
"Private School Education and The Reproduction of Class"
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
After graduation, I will be packing up my stuff and moving to San Francisco! I was recently hired to work in the Maps Department at Apple in Sunnyvale. Luckily, my friend's family has an apartment in the city that me and her will be living in. Incredibly excited to start my first job out of college!
...One year after graduating?
I hope in the year after graduation, I will have expanded on my GIS abilities and learned real life applications of geographic tools. By that point, I want to live in my own place in the bay area with some friends of mine who plan to move there as well.
...Ten years after graduating?
My dream is to move to Ireland! I studied abroad there and all I want to do is go back but I don't have the funds to make that happen. In ten years, I want to have gained enough experience and money to continue my journey in the Emerald Isle. I also hope to be active in the Alumni network. Go Dawgs!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program really exposed me to a new way of learning. In my previous courses, there is a regimented schedule with the aim of teaching you the concepts of the class. But in the Honors program, there is a great deal you teach yourself and you learn to be accountable for your work.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
My main message for Honors undergraduates would be to remember the roots of your major while working on your thesis. It can be easy to get caught up in the tiny details of your project, but if you take a step back and think about why this is important to your discipline, the purpose becomes clearer.

Natalie Koh

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Biology (Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental); Psychology
Thesis title
Multimodal MRI Measures as Predictors of Cognitive Impairment
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I'm going on vacation with the family - first to California, and then to the East coast!
...One year after graduating?
Working in a lab, and preparing for graduate school. Research excites me, and I look forward to acquiring new skills, learning new techniques and having the opportunity to explore more in-depth material in the fields of neuroscience and cognitive psychology.
...Ten years after graduating?
Doing a post-doctorate fellowship (hopefully). This is the trajectory I have envisioned for myself over the next decade or so - but people, situations and interests change, so I am not quite sure what may be waiting for me beyond that!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program really opened my eyes to many things and allowed me to become more deeply involved in research. It has really enriched my undergraduate experience at the UW, and I certainly would not have learned as much as I have if I had chosen not to participate in the program.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Make use of the resources that are available to you, and seek help when you need it. Don't give up when the going gets tough - you will encounter learning curves that may seem difficult to overcome, but stay focused and stay strong! Don't forget to thank your mentors/teachers for their support.

Alexandra Leegwater

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Spanish
Personal website or blog URL
www.alexshonorsportfolio.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In Seattle, studying for the MCAT!
...One year after graduating?
I plan on going to medical school but in my gap year, I hope to have traveled more and I plan to be working as an EMT. I'll also know where I'll be going to medical school in the fall of 2017 so that will be really exciting!
...Ten years after graduating?
Working as a doctor in neonatology, either as a surgeon or a neonatologist. I also hope that in the next ten years I'll have had the chance to travel even more! Maybe I'll be married and starting a family.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program really enhanced my undergraduate experience through the variety of offered classes taught by incredible professors. My Honors program study abroad in Rome was the highlight of my undergraduate career!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Study abroad!! No matter what! It's the only chance that you'll have for this kind of opportunity and it's really life-changing. Also, don't be afraid to try new things and if you want to do something but you're afraid, just go for it. So far I have found that it's always worth it!

Virginia Littell

Quarter and Year of graduation
Summer 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Geology
Thesis title
Sourcing excess ground ice using water isotopes, Beacon Valley, Antarctica
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
With friends and family celebrating!
...One year after graduating?
Getting ready to move to where ever graduate school takes me.
...Ten years after graduating?
Having a career job, a doctorate, and a couple cats.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being in the Honors program has pushed me to do more and do better during my time here at UW. I've gained valuable research and teaching experience through it.

Yibo Liu

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Economics
Thesis title
The Effects of Female Education on Fertility Rate after Relaxing the One-Child Policy in China
Where do you expect to be...
...One year after graduating?
I am going to be a student of UW again!(Master degree in University of Waterloo) :)
...Ten years after graduating?
Travel around the world!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Doing the independent research under the departmental honor program was the best thing I've done in my college life. Many thanks to those encouraging professors who helped me with my academic research and courses!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Be confident and enjoy the college life!

Nathan Maris

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Biochemistry
Thesis title
Synthetic α-Sheet Peptides Suppress Aβ42 Cytotoxicity in an In Vitro Model of Alzheimer's Disease
Personal website or blog URL
http://nmaris0.wix.com/running-the-race
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Reflecting on my time in college. I've changed a lot over the course of the last four years, and I'd like to take some time to examine the man that I've become.
...One year after graduating?
(Hopefully) getting ready to enter medical school in the fall of 2017!
...Ten years after graduating?
Still smiling.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Throughout my college experience, Honors did an incredible job of keeping me well-rounded. As much as I love science, I need liberal arts to keep me sane, open-minded, and focused on the larger picture. The UW Honors program provided this outlet for me.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
A mentor once told me to think of my time as worth $150 per hour. Our time in this life is finite and priceless--use it wisely, but give of it generously.Unrelated, but also important: be spontaneous. The moments that develop organically are those that you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Margaret McPike

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Anthropology
Thesis title
Segregated Schools, Conflicting Narratives, and a Prolonged Process of Reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors Program has motivated me to make the most out of my undergraduate career and the opportunity to conduct my own research. Since, I have travelled across the country to speak at an Undergraduate Research Symposium, had my thesis published, and created something I will always be proud of.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Be ambitious- you never know how much you can accomplish until you try.

Skyler Mendoza

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Chemistry (ACS Certified) & Biochemistry
Thesis title
Neutralizing Antibodies Against Adeno-Associated Viruses in the Rhesus Macaque
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Eastern Washington, hanging out with my family.
...One year after graduating?
Finishing my first year of Graduate School in Chemistry at CalTech.
...Ten years after graduating?
Chemist by day. Superhero by night. Open to suggestions.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors Program at UW is incredibly well organized and super supportive. I have had the great pleasure of being a part of this program during my time at UW and have felt very welcomed to this community.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Work hard. Play hard.

Dylan Moore

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Biochemistry, BS
Thesis title
Did that Hurt? Behavioral Screening and Mapping of Nociceptive Genes
Personal website or blog URL
http://dbm93.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I will be in the 21Progress office in the International District developing curriculum for a civil rights "pilgrimage" designed to immerse King County high school students to civil rights history through travel across the American South.
...One year after graduating?
Somewhere in North Africa, as part of the Bonderman Fellowship.
...Ten years after graduating?
Back in graduate school, working towards a PhD (and hopefully towards the end of it!)
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Living on Poplar 4 with other Honors students introduced me to so many incredible people, many of whom I hope will remain lifelong friends.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Find ways to get involved off of the UW campus...my deepest learning came from finding or creating connections between disconnected communities.

Mykelle Morrison

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Psychology
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating graduation!
...One year after graduating?
Preparing to attend graduate school to obtain a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working as a pediatric occupational therapist in a hospital or clinic helping children born with disabilities or special needs to live a functional and fulfilling life.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program has exposed me to many different topics and learning experiences that I never expected to have during college. My classes, professors, and peers have helped me discover new ways of learning and thinking that will be very valuable to me in my future.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't be afraid to take classes on topics that are unfamiliar to you. By the end of college you will realize how little grades have mattered but the experiences, skills, and knowledge you take away will be more valuable than you can imagine.

Makenzie Muilenburg

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology
Thesis title
Parental Emotion Coaching and Child Adjustment: The Mediating Role of Positive and Negative Parenting
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
At the beach.
...One year after graduating?
In graduate school for my Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
...Ten years after graduating?
Running a private counseling practice or pursuing my PhD!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has connected me to mentors that have defined and transformed my undergraduate experience.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take advantage of the many opportunities you have access to. Never in your life will it be so easy to be involved in so many things.

Naomi Musgrave

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Computer Science
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Taking my parents out to dinner and toasting them for helping me through these past for years.
...One year after graduating?
Sitting in a cafe in London, working on a side project and drinking tea.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working at a startup that I love, and eager to keep learning new things.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The discussions I've had in my Honors classes has shown me new ways of looking at the world, and how to turn a problem over and discover these new angles for myself. I've learned how to ask questions about what shaped things into the way they are now, and how they could be different.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Keep your ears and eyes open around campus. If you see someone working on something cool, or overhear them talking about something that you're passionate about, go over and introduce yourself.

Grace Ai Nguyen

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Law, Societies, & Justice; Drama
Personal website or blog URL
http://graceainguyen.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Hugging my loved ones.
...One year after graduating?
Packing for law school.
...Ten years after graduating?
On top of the world.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't be afraid to do what you love because of the time or effort or impossibility of what it is. The time will pass anyway. You can either ride the minutes that pass you buy, or watch them from a distance, flashing like lightning, close to the electricity but never dancing in the storm.

John Nguyen

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Neurobiology
Thesis title
Identifying Pathogenic Copy Number Variants in Patients with Epileptic Encephalopathies
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I'll be celebrating with my friends and family on becoming a Husky Grad!
...One year after graduating?
I'll be working as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Heather Mefford. At the same time, I will be planning to enter medical school!
...Ten years after graduating?
While I am pursuing a career as a physician, the field of medicine is so large and dynamic it will be hard to say for sure what I will exactly be doing. Simply put, I want to work hard and find happiness in whatever field I'm in, making a difference in the lives of the people I work with.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program has really allowed me to pursue an in-depth experience in my major, while also giving me an academic platform for me to continue the research that I've been a part of since sophomore year. I am really happy that I chose the Departmental Honors option and I am proud of my work.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Broaden your horizons and try something new! Take classes well outside your major and field or maybe even pursue a minor. Join new clubs or meet new people! I think that's what the Husky experience is about, and the Honors program can really help with that.

Thao Nguyen

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Chemical Engineering
Thesis title
A New Formulation of Skin Care Products
Personal website or blog URL
https://www.linkedin.com/in/thao-nguyen-a9578588
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Binge watching 5 seasons of Game of Thrones.
...One year after graduating?
Party in NYC because I will be at Princeton University doing my PhD.
...Ten years after graduating?
Hopefully on my tenure-track appointment to become a Chemical Engineering professor.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Enjoy college!

Mara Page

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Earth and Space Sciences, Geology track ; Anthropology; Archaeological Sciences track
Thesis title
Investigating Vegetation Changes in Northern Australia during the Late Pleistocene to Holocene through Stable Isotope Analysis
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Attending another graduation
...One year after graduating?
Let's see... allowing for reasonable uncertainty, somewhere on Earth
...Ten years after graduating?
Probably still on Earth- unless space travel really takes off in the next ten years (ba dum tiss)
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I didn't realize I was eligible until the chair of my department sent me a congratulatory email. It made my day!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Make your own honors cord at graduation. The one they sell you is expensive.

Rachel Perlot

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Drama Performance and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

Summer Polonsky

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Photomedia
Thesis title
"Then There's This"
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Physically I will be participating in the Furry 5k, a walk/run to support the Seattle Animal Shelter!! Mentally I will be celebrating the end of this part of my educational journey!
...One year after graduating?
The proud owner of a successful small business - making people happy with incredible portraiture and some sort of mild success in the art world as well.
...Ten years after graduating?
Retired on a beach with my hubby!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors forced me to think more deeply topics that I may not have pursued otherwise. It also taught me a lot of patience.....
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Just keep with it! When it feels like it is too much work, and you just want to give up, talk it out with someone, and keep going. Your education is what you make of it!

Julia Proctor

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Personal website or blog URL
http://juliaproctor.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In SF, California packing my bags to go to Thailand with my two best friends from high school! (:
...One year after graduating?
I hope to be working in a molecular biology lab as a technician, preparing materials to apply for graduate school.
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope that I will be finished with my graduate degrees (or finishing) and working in the medical research field doing exciting research.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being a part of honors allowed me to take classes outside of my major and explore topics that I never would have otherwise. I think it has made me a more well-rounded individual that is able to think of issues across fields rather than within them.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take the weirdest classes that you can find (as long as the materials still somewhat interest you). Don't be afraid to fail - it makes you more relatable. We're all human. That said, learn from those failures, don't keep repeating the same ones. Have fun! Four years goes by way too fast.

Pearl Terry

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Thesis title
Counter Trafficking Efforts in Seattle: The Drama of Neo-Abolitionism
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Summiting Mt. Hood
...One year after graduating?
Working in a clinic in Cambodia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and continuing my research in human trafficking; traveling Southeast Asia in my free time.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working as an MD in a service position overseas; continuing my counter-trafficking work as a medical anthropologist and activist.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Every Honors professor I have had the privilege of working with has made, without exception, a lasting impact on my academic understanding and world view. I will cherish these relationships, ideas and conversations for the rest of my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Its the journey, not the destination - the most important lessons you will learn as an undergraduate are non academic, don't let them be eclipsed by the stresses of school. Don't define yourself by failure or success.

Zoe Elise Thomas

Quarter and Year of graduation
Summer 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Classics
Thesis title
Like Father, Unlike Son: An Exploration of Father and Son Heroic Paris in Ancient Greece
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Probably lost, excited, and sunburnt in Turkey.
...One year after graduating?
Still frantically deciding what I want to do with my life!
...Ten years after graduating?
In a job that combines my love of history, languages, and writing in some productive and rewarding manner.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Seize every opportunity you can with passion and dedication, and do not beat yourself up for opportunities missed. There will always be another one around the corner!

Kaitlyn (Katie) Tom

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
General Biology
Personal website or blog URL
http://katietomuwhonors.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
A day after graduating, I expect to be doing touristy Seattle things with friends and family before heading back to my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii.
...One year after graduating?
In the year following graduation, I expect to be stressing out in a library while cramming for my first year dental school exams.
...Ten years after graduating?
Ten years after graduating, I hope to find myself back home in Hawaii hopefully doing what I love and practicing dentistry (fingers crossed I pass those board exams).
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
As a Biology major, being in honors and having the opportunity to take unique social science and humanities courses has granted me a richer learning experience, one that has allowed me to make bigger picture connections between my major and other disciplines.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
My advice for current Honors undergraduates would be to take as many UW/Honors courses outside of your major as you can and take advantage of all of the unique opportunities that the UW has to offer! These four years will pass by in the blink of an eye!

Matthew Trawczynski

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Biochemistry and Philosophy
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I look forward to spending time with my family and friends, and perhaps even work on applications to graduate school.
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope to someday work with underserved populations in a medical setting. I am fascinated by both internal medicine and general surgery.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Pursuing Honors gave me the chance to dive deeper into what I'm passionate about. Thank you to the Honors College, and my family and friends for your constant support.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Ask the hard questions, and don't be afraid of the answers (or lack thereof)!

Maggie Yaddof

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Environmental Health
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
One day after graduating I will be on an airplane! I am spending my summer doing mission work in North Carolina addressing food security issues and access to healthy foods. I will be building partnerships with local farmers and teaching gardening, nutrition, and cooking classes to community youth.
...One year after graduating?
One year after graduating I will hopefully be working somewhere that is community-focused. One of the most valuable experiences I've had was volunteering at a syringe exchange with a population that most people turn a blind eye to. I want to bring the struggles of the ignored into public view.
...Ten years after graduating?
I'm not going to pretend I will be saving the world in ten years, so my realistic goal would be starting a family. As much as I love what I study I think motherhood is my ultimate dream. I want to be in a place in my career that would allow me to do so.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I had three ad-hoc research projects each expanding on a particular part of a class. Participating in departmental honors has allowed me to learn a subject from multiple angles, to go beyond the classroom and delve into the scientific literature about the subject in a structured way.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't be afraid to try. With departmental honors I went back and forth with my adviser Trina about whether or not I wanted to continue, and she was adamant that trying and failing was better than not trying at all. I'm glad I put in the extra effort.