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Graduate Profiles

Autumn 2014 - Summer 2015

The Honors Program salutes its graduates!

Welcome! Please join us in celebrating University of Washington's Honors graduates for the 2014-15 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

(2013-14 graduate profiles are still available here)


Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s):
Computer Science
Personal Website or Blog URL:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicoleatherly
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Spending a relaxing day at home with my dogs before my internship starts the next day.
... One year after graduating?
Graduating from UW with a Masters in Computer Science. Then I'll probably travel around Europe for a bit before starting a full time job as a Software Engineer.
... Ten years after graduating?
Working on some cool product/technology that doesn't exist yet!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I was able to merge an experiential learning project with a project related to my major. I gained a ton of experience that might help me in my career and got to help out a nonprofit at the same time! I don't think I would have done any of that without taking that particular Honors course.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
If you can manage to get an internship, do it! It's a great learning experience and can be super fun. You'll make tons of friends from around the world who share a common interest with you. That's pretty cool. It's always good to try out your potential career before committing to it, too.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s):
Psychology
Personal Website or Blog URL:
http://dayoobuw.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
In Seattle
... One year after graduating?
In Orange County
... Ten years after graduating?
I don't want to know!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program unearthed interests and passions I had no idea I possessed and gave me the resources to pursue these interests long-term and outside of the classroom.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take risks with the classes you choose.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Biology Physiology
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Mobilization of Blasts and Leukemia Stem Cells by Anti-CXCR4 Antibody BMS-936564 (MDX 1338) in Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Taking a breather for once and spending some well needed time with my friends and family, while making sure to eat lots and lots of good food.
... One year after graduating?
Studying hard and working 12 hour clinical days in the Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing program at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, as well as writing my thesis for the Gerontology Nursing Honors Program at the school.
... Ten years after graduating?
Working as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner back in Washington, living somewhere on the Olympic Peninsula and finally getting a French bulldog.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
It taught me how to really push myself and how to get the most out of the classes that I had already enjoyed so much through the Ad Hoc Honors projects that I completed. It also helped me develop relationships with my professors beyond the surface level of interaction.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
To not wait until the last minute to get all of your Honors requirements done. I known many students who waited until their last quarter to complete their last Ad Hoc Honors project, write their thesis, and present at the symposium and they were very stressed.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s):
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
If I'm being totally honest, I'll be napping.
... One year after graduating?
Preparing to go to medical school!
... Ten years after graduating?
Practicing medicine for real!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has helped me meet some of the best people I know, and that really made my college experience.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Really think about the concept of interdisciplinary learning and what it can mean for you. Even if you're a tried and true STEM major like I am, you can apply what you learn in your humanities classes anywhere.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Biology: Cell, Molecular, Developmental
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
The role of Peroxiredoxin 2 in cell protection against renal fibrosis
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Back in lab
... One year after graduating?
Finishing up the first year of my PhD program (biomedical)
... Ten years after graduating?
Researching metabolic bone diseases, hopefully as a newly minted principal investigator
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
It has encouraged me to grow as a researcher and has provided me with a support network of friends and fellow intellectual curiosity seekers. It has provided me with further academic opportunities beyond normal departmental requirements.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't forget to play and enjoy the world around you, match your intellectual exercise with physical exercise, and use this time to prepare for the next chapter in your life without dwelling too firmly on what comes next. Cultivate a variety of happy and healthy relationships. Don't settle for less.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s):
Comparative History of Ideas, Communication
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Spending time with friends and family and trying not to panic about the fact that I just graduated from college.
... One year after graduating?
Finishing up a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Romania and preparing to enter graduate school in the fall.
... Ten years after graduating?
Doing a better job of pretending like I know what I'm doing.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Many of my favorite classes at UW were within the Interdisciplinary Honors program. Honors provided me with an important place for self-reflection and helped me foster the ability to make meaningful connections across concepts, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Never accept that you've found "the answer."
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
ECONOMICS
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
What affects probability of student drop out in developing countries: Evidence from Rural China
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Still here at Seattle. Will be having fun with friends and family members. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine.
... One year after graduating?
I might be working at a company that time and (hopefully) get the notice of which graduate school to attend in the following fall.
... Ten years after graduating?
Might be operating a company with my best friends. Will also travel a lot.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Its a really cool program. I made a lot of good friends here and also get in touch with many awesome Professors. Wonderful experience that I will cherish in my life.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take advantage of the opportunity and learn the things that you are interested in. Enjoy the college life, have fun and make more friends.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Sping 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s):
BS: Physics, Biophysics; BS: Neurobiology; BA: Biochemistry
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Statistical Analysis of a Brain-Computer Interface Task
Where do you expect to be...
... One year after graduating?
Starting an MD/PhD program
... Ten years after graduating?
Finishing my MD/PhD and/or starting specialty training therein
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Photomedia and English (Creative Writing)
Personal Website or Blog URL:
http://www.clairepeckham.com
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Cleaning my room. It's a mess.
... One year after graduating?
I'm pursuing jobs that can help me move to London, where I want to live for at least a few years. One year from graduating I'd like to be on my way to getting that job, if not having already gotten it.
... Ten years after graduating?
Happy!
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Microbiology, Biology (MCD)
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Alcohols Stimulate Bacterial Biofilm Formation in P. aeruginosa
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Sleeping in!
... One year after graduating?
Applying for grad school to pursue a PhD.
... Ten years after graduating?
Working as an executive for a biotech company.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s):
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Back in my apartment, saying goodbye to my best friends, and packing up to move out and head back to Portland. And relaxing and celebrating, of course!
... One year after graduating?
I hope that a year after graduating, I will be employed and working on my application to medical school. On a less serious note, I hope to have started watching Legends of Tomorrow, which is supposed to air in 2016, and I hope that I am going to love it.
... Ten years after graduating?
Ten years after graduating, I hope that I've gotten into and managed to complete medical school, started a family, and done something meaningful to give back to the world.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I'm the kind of person that's always been interested in interdisciplinary learning. It's nice to delve into something new, though I love biology. Honors has given me that opportunity, and I enjoyed it immensely. Some of my most favorite classes I've taken have been honors and not in my major!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
My advice is to enjoy the opportunity Honors gives you to learn something new from professors who are really passionate about what they're teaching. Don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone, and be willing to take risks with your work. It goes by so much faster that you think.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Fall 2014
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s):
Biology
Personal Website or Blog URL:
https://sites.google.com/a/uw.edu/kaija-reinelt-s-honors-portfolio/home
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
It was my birthday the day after I graduated.. I remember loudly singing the Dave Matthews Band lyrics: "Celebrate we will, for life is short but sweet for certain."
... One year after graduating?
Teaching English in Thailand!!!!
... Ten years after graduating?
Teaching high school Biology in the Seattle Public Schools to my squirrely, wonderful, inspiring students.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors allowed and encouraged me to bring my personal and academic lives together, providing me with an education that felt especially relevant.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
learn how to fail and utilize your resources (especially UW Counseling Center!)
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Flute Performance
Personal Website or Blog URL:
http://www.monasangesland.com
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Hiking our beautiful local trails!
... One year after graduating?
I will have finished my first year in a Master of Music program at the New England Conservatory in Boston!
... Ten years after graduating?
I hope to be the principal flutist of a symphony orchestra and to participate in music outreach programs in third world and developing countries!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Departmental Honors encouraged me to pursue my interests beyond what was expected in the classroom. I learned to think critically and further developed research skills, which has been helpful in all aspects of my academic career. The extra work load also taught me to value the use of my own time!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Work hard in order to excel academically, but don't forget to experience things outside of the classroom - this can have a greater impact upon your growth as a person! I especially recommend participating in activities that place you outside of your comfort zone!
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
ISE
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Of course sleep all day and go out to find good foods.
... One year after graduating?
Take a vacation first. And back to reality: go to work or go to graduate school, this is a question.
... Ten years after graduating?
Hope have a decent job and save more money for vacations.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Physics (Comprehensive); Mathematics (Comprehensive)
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
The Mono-W/Z Search for Dark Matter
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Sleeping (finally).
... One year after graduating?
University of Washington Graduate School (Theoretical Physics).
... Ten years after graduating?
At university, but as a professor.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors pushed me to do my best and focus on my studies. It brought out the best in me, especially regarding physics. It helped me realize that scholastic success is a privilege, and we should enjoy it when we can.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
"Shoot for the moon; if you miss, you will still be among the stars." Honors is the chance to show you did not merely survive university, but you thrived there. If you love your major field, make it known!
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
International Studies
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Shuttling More Than Goods: Collective Support Among Turkish-Bulgarian Shuttle Traders
Where do you expect to be...
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The JSIS Departmental Honors Program has been both rigorous and challenging but completing my thesis has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my undergraduate career.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't dwell on your weaknesses: focus on further developing your strengths because therein lies your unique contribution to the Honors Program.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s):
BA History/BS Economics
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
"Widowhood in Plymouth Colony: An Enquiry into Family Dynamics through Probate Material"
Personal Website or Blog URL:
http://erikavanhorne.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Having brunch with my supportive family.
... One year after graduating?
Traveling around Europe before entering law school in the fall.
... Ten years after graduating?
Hopefully I will be a successful attorney who dabbles in music and amateur historical pursuits.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has provided a supportive environment for me to cultivate an understanding of my academic strengths through reflective synthesis.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take courses that pique and sustain your interest, cultivate positive relationships with your professors, create your own cohort of passionate and kind individuals.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 15
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Speech and Hearing Sciences, Spanish
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Effects of Implicit Word Priming on Naming for Individuals with Aphasia
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
I will be in Hawaii relaxing with my family!
... One year after graduating?
I will be finishing my year in Madrid working as a research assistant for I-LABS.
... Ten years after graduating?
I will be working in the hospital setting as a Speech Language Pathologist. I hope to be able to improve the lives of individuals struggling with communication and swallowing disorders.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Participating in Honors has given me insight into the field of Research. Without honors, I would not have had the opportunity to be mentored through the creation of my own research project and would not have had as much of a chance to broaden my impact within my department.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
I would just like to anyone thinking about joining their Departmental Honors program that it is absolutely worth the time and effort you will put in. Having mentorship and being able to contribute to your department makes the experience worthwhile.
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Community, Environment, and Planning; Geography
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Learning Communities in Higher Education: An exploration and deep analysis of the CEP undergraduate major; Democracy at Work: Exploring Seattle's Worker Cooperative Economy
Personal Website or Blog URL:
https://mattwildey.wordpress.com/
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Spending time reflecting with my friends and family. Celebrating. Mostly just explaining to my family what I've been up to for the past four years.
... One year after graduating?
I expect that my initial breather from years of school will have worn off a bit and that I'll be ready to take on new, larger projects in my life. I hope to become more engaged and connected in the Seattle area, as well as with people doing groundbreaking work in other areas of the world.
... Ten years after graduating?
I hope to be working collaboratively within a strong team, making a direct, positive impact in the communities of the world. Mostly, I hope to be happy, enriched, and purposeful in whatever pathway life provides.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being in Geography departmental honors has allowed me delve deeply into research that fit my passions of cooperative movements and alternative economies. This thesis pushed me beyond most other courses I took at the University.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't be afraid to take risks and put yourself in challenging situations. Be intentional about the choices you make while you're at the University. If you want to take a class from another department or a grad level class, advocate for your position and make it happen!
Quarter and Year of graduation:
Spring 2015
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s):
Materials Science and Engineering
If you completed an Honors Thesis or Honors Research Project, what was the title or topic?
Aligned Pore Chitosan-Alginate Scaffolds for Skeleton Muscle Tissue Regeneration
Where do you expect to be...
... One day after graduating?
Celebrate with my friends and family. Enjoy the day!
... One year after graduating?
Finishing my first year of grad school in electrical engineering at the Columbia University. Making new friends and having fun!
... Ten years after graduating?
Have a job that I am passionate about and enjoy life with friends and family!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honor program had brought my educational goals to a higher level, allowing me to research more with the help from faculties. The program was absolutely amazing and the classes I have taken through Honors have made my special experience at UW!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Keep working hard and enjoy life and experience in UW!!