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Graduate Profiles

Autumn 2016 - Summer 2017

The Honors Program salutes its graduates!

Welcome! Please join us in celebrating the UW Honors Program graduates for the 2016-17 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

(2015-16 graduate profiles are still available here)

Homer Aalfs

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology
Thesis title
A Longitudinal Exploration of Temperament and Child Adjustment in Pediatric Cancer
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Taking a much-needed break from school (and continuing to work as a Research Assistant for the Department of Psychology)
...One year after graduating?
Hopefully still working as a Research Assistant and preparing for graduate school.
...Ten years after graduating?
In the midst of completing, or having already completed a PhD in Psychology (perhaps Clinical, not 100% sure).
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being involved in research, and writing a thesis as an undergraduate was incredibly helpful and informative for my development and career aspirations.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
In my experience, the amount of knowledge and growth that one comes away with from any sort of undergraduate research experience or internship is largely a factor of the extent to which they take advantage of their mentors' knowledge and experience. Ask lots of questions and get involved!

Eva Barth

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Biology-Physiology
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Moving out of my U-District apartment and starting to pack for my summer backpacking trip around Europe!
...One year after graduating?
I will be finishing up with my gap year job and getting ready to start my doctorate of physical therapy.
...Ten years after graduating?
Hopefully I will be living somewhere in the PNW (or Norway) and working as a physical therapist. I would like to be married and (maybe) have a kid by then.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program allowed me to meet some amazing people who shaped my time at UW. I had the opportunity to add an interdisciplinary approach in to my otherwise very scientific career here.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Enjoy college, it flies by!

Taylor Beardall

Quarter and Year of graduation
Summer 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Political Science and Communication
Thesis title
Faith-Based Politics and Prostitution: Why Sex Work in America is Not Legal
Personal website or blog URL
taylor.beardall@yahoo.com and https://acenu4.wixsite.com/taylorbeardall
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
One day after graduation I will be at home in Battle Ground celebrating with my family and friends who helped me get to this point!
...One year after graduating?
One year after graduation I will be working as a teacher in Memphis as a Teach for America corps member, hopefully teaching first grade!
...Ten years after graduating?
I will (hopefully) have my law degree and will be working for the UN or a human rights organization, where I want to focus on international children's rights. By the time I'm 31 I'd also love to just be starting a little family and living somewhere close to my parents and siblings.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I joined the Honors department my sophomore year when I was struggling to find my place at the UW-- Honors completely transformed my academic experience at the UW by providing me the opportunity to engage with incredible professors in small seminars, perform my own research, and gain new friends.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
While the Honors community can seem competitive, try to actually get to know your cohort, especially if you are doing Departmental Honors! I met some of the most amazing and inspirational people throughout my time in the Honors Program who pushed me intellectually and gave me a new community.

Rasika Bhalerao

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences (Discrete Math and Algorithms), Statistics
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I hope to start the research for my graduate program early!
...One year after graduating?
I will be working on my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering in New York University.
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope to be either teaching computer science or doing research in my area.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I was able to take more interesting general education courses from great professors, and the advisers gave me personalized help on decisions.

Betsy Byra

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Law, Societies, and Justice
Thesis title
Political Rhetoric and Legislation as Tools of Exclusion toward Undocumented Individuals
Personal website or blog URL
https://betsybyra.wixsite.com/leadershipportfolio
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I will be road tripping home to Colorado with my family and visiting a few national parks along the way.
...One year after graduating?
I will be finishing up my first year of law school at Boston University and *hopefully* beginning a summer internship at a local firm.
...Ten years after graduating?
I'll be working as an immigration lawyer for a firm. I may end up back in Boston, Seattle, or Denver, or relocate to a new part of the country.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program motivated me to challenge myself and maximize my undergraduate career. Without the Honors program, I may never have taken the classes which informed my current trajectory and fed my passion for social justice.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
You only have one undergraduate experience and you should make the most of it! Join lots of clubs, introduce yourself to new people, and take interesting classes; you'll never regret it and you'll learn a lot about yourself in the process. Also, remember to stop and breathe every once in a while.

Brooke H. Byun

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Biochemistry & Communication, English Minor
Thesis title
Asian American Representation in US Media
Personal website or blog URL
brookebyun.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating graduation with my family.
...One year after graduating?
Working at Seattle Children's Hospital and applying to Medical School.
...Ten years after graduating?
Completing my medical residency and beginning work as a primary care provider.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I truly believe in the value of an interdisciplinary education, and I am grateful that the Honors college continued to encourage me to be open-minded to different disciplines and apply my knowledge in different fields in novel ways.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Try a little of everything (academically)! I still remember important concepts from my freshman Anthropology class, apply information from my sophomore Psychology class, and have used my statistics course to be more critical in analyzing data. All of it has helped me.

Jasmine Correa

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Neurobiology
Personal website or blog URL
http://jasmineshonorsportfolio.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
After my graduation ceremonies, I will be celebrating with family members visiting from California and Florida. This will be their first time back in Seattle since they dropped me off my freshman year and I'm excited to show them what I've been up to for the past four years!
...One year after graduating?
A year after graduation, I will be finishing up my first year as a medical student at UC Riverside's School of Medicine. At the beginning of 2017, I was accepted into medical school in my hometown with the blessing of a full ride scholarship as a Mission Scholar.
...Ten years after graduating?
Ten years after graduation, I hope to be completely done with my residency program and serving my community as an ObGyn. This might require more than 10 years if I decide to pursue a Master's in Public Health, which has always been an interest of mine.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Without the Honors interdisciplinary program and community, I would not be the well-rounded individual I am today. There is something so special about exploring a topic completely out of your field with peers from all different backgrounds contributing their own unique perspectives and experiences.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't limit yourself and take Honors courses that are out of your comfort zone! Learn something new, expand your perspectives, and continue challenging what you thought you already knew.

Kenza Coubrough

Quarter and Year of graduation
June 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Materials Science and Engineering
Personal website or blog URL
kenzacoub.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In a tent on a mountain somewhere.
...One year after graduating?
In a tent on a bigger mountain, a little further away.
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope to be pursuing a career that is both personally fulfilling, and globally impactful (even in the tiniest of ways). I will be reflecting on my path here and all of the people, most notably my family, who have motivated me to seek adventure, chase dreams and put my all into everything I do.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors provided me with somewhere I could always turn to talk about big picture things. They didn't
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take more classes that are completely opposite from your main area of study. The most interesting discussions I found myself in were in courses I signed up for on a whim, giving me new perspectives I never expected to have.

Will Dana

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Mathematics
Thesis title
Seeing Galois Theory on Riemann Surfaces with Dessins d'Enfants
Personal website or blog URL
willdana.net
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
At home, doing something frivolous.
...One year after graduating?
In Ann Arbor, decompressing after my first year of grad school.
...Ten years after graduating?
An assistant professor of math somewhere.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The final senior thesis has brought together several different threads from all over my mathematical education, which makes for a satisfying conclusion to my undergraduate experience.

Sarah Dietderich

Quarter and Year of graduation
Autumn 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Public Health and German
Personal website or blog URL
http://dietderichsarah.wixsite.com/honorsportfolio
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
A barn party with family and friends!
...One year after graduating?
Being halfway through the University of Washington Nursing program!
...Ten years after graduating?
Being a Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Public Health
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I loved the interdisciplinary honors program because it gave me the opportunity to take small, unique courses with professors I would never have otherwise encountered!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Just keep swimming :)

Sheen Dudwadkar

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Computer Science
Personal website or blog URL
sheendud.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Take lots of pictures, edit some vlogs, and go to graduation parties!
...One year after graduating?
I'll be working as a Software Engineer at Twitter, so I'll probably be at work during the day and then do something fun at night!
...Ten years after graduating?
I'll be living in New York and working as a product manager at a tech company after I get my MBA.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has been an integral part of my journey at UW and made an enormous difference in how I see the world today. It has made me a better writer, thinker, and overall human through the diverse classes and incredible people. I'm so grateful for everything I've learned & everyone I've met in Honors.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Jump at this opportunity to take classes outside of your comfort zone because you will be surprised at how much there is to learn outside your major. Document your journey in college as honestly as possible, you will be really glad you did. Have fun and apply your learnings in the "real" world!

Jordan Epistola

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology (B.S), Sociology (B.A)
Thesis title
Examining Cultural Differences in Motivation & Mindset
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
One day after graduation, I expect to be celebrating with friends and family. We will probably explore and eat around downtown Seattle.
...One year after graduating?
One year after Graduation, I expect to be wrapping up my first year at the University of Maryland. I received a full scholarship to their psychology graduate program and will begin in August. This program will take about 5 years and will culminate with a doctoral degree in organizational psychology.
...Ten years after graduating?
Ten years after graduation, I expect to be working as a consultant or in-house researcher or industrial-organizational psychologist at a major corporation. Ideally, I would like to come back to Seattle and work at one of the local corporations, however it all depends on the nature of the job market.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has been an arduous yet fulfilling program. It really helped prepare me for a graduate program after the University of Washington. For instance, it showed me the in's and out's of graduate school, connected me with successful academics, and provided me with valuable research experience.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Keep pushing and believing in yourself and your dream. Honors will be difficult and you will often feel stressed with non-stop revisions, lack of direction and major deadlines. The key is to keep moving forward and completing tasks one-by-one. If you can keep at it, you will be a successful student.

Alice Evered

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring, 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Nursing
Thesis title
A "New Normal": Exploring the Experience of Adolescents Once Cancer Treatment Ends
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
One day after graduating I expect I'll be sleeping in and reveling in not having to get up early and go to clinical. Unfortunately, I'll also have to start thinking about studying for the NCLEX.
...One year after graduating?
I'm getting married this August and moving down to Texas where my fiance is stationed (he's a Marine). I hope to be working as an RN in the Cook Children's Hospital residency program and possibly becoming a Certified Pediatric Nurse after one year of continued learning and experience.
...Ten years after graduating?
Within the next ten years I hope to get either a Masters in Public Health or a Doctorate in Nursing. I hope I'm living in Bothell, Washington with my husband and kids, working as a family or pediatric nurse practitioner at a clinic near my home.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I loved having the opportunity to participate in nursing research! UW is such a renown school because of the research that is done here, and I'm really glad I got a taste of what that is like and got to partner with some of the amazing faculty in the School of Nursing.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Your undergraduate years go by so fast! No matter how busy you are, make sure to enjoy the college experience at this fantastic university. Go canoeing at the WAC, sit in the quad, and go to some Husky Football games!

Daina Goldenberg

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Economics
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Sleeping in and getting brunch (or Denny's) with my sister.
...One year after graduating?
Preparing for on-campus summer associate interviews, having completed my first year of law school in California.
...Ten years after graduating?
Pursuing a career in theatre performance ;)
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors Program and my 3-year stint at the Odegaard Writing and Research Center were the perfect pair. The practices in which I engaged as a tutor aligned so well with the learning goals established in my classes. I grew more as a writer, tutor, and student as a result.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Ask yourself more personal questions very early on, and be honest with yourself. Be honest about what you like to study, what you don't like to study, and what makes you truly excited. Devote effort to building strong relationships. Trust yourself more. Enjoy your time and do your best.

Alexis Harroun

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In Las Cruces, New Mexico at the Spaceport America Cup.
...One year after graduating?
At Purdue University pursuing doctoral studies in rocket propulsion.
...Ten years after graduating?
At a company working on designing rocket engines.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program is where I met my closest friends in college. I've taken some of the best classes of my undergrad in honors. My favorite experience was backpacking on the Olympic peninsula in 2014.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take advantage of all the non-scholastic events honors has to offer!

Jacqueline Ines

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Geography
Thesis title
The Social Construction & Dynamics of Youth Boxing: A "Poverty Sport" in Washington
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I will be moved into my new place, enjoying the Seattle sun (hopefully), eating lots of carbs, and enjoying my one day off between graduation and the first day of my full-time job the following day.
...One year after graduating?
I will no longer have three separate jobs because I will have made up my mind about what I really want to do and what I want to focus on. I will also most likely be attending the class of 2018's graduation as well!
...Ten years after graduating?
I will have finally had the opportunity to leave the US and travel someplace I've never been.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being part of Honors has given me a lot of confidence. The idea of being part of honors was initially very overwhelming, but I've been supported by so many great professors, advisers, and peers to just do it - and I did! Honestly, I feel like I can accomplish anything that scares me now.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Get to know your Honors peers! It took me so long to get to know my peers and go outside of the classroom to hangout, and they are amazing people. Again, I felt a bit insecure about hanging out with all these smart students in such a prestigious program, but they're just as weird and stressed as me.

Katherine Jesser

Quarter and Year of graduation
spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Environmental Science and Resource Management
Thesis title
Species Diversity and River Otter Activity in the Lower Green-Duwamish River Through Camera Trapping
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Relaxing and enjoying the summer sun with friends and family.
...One year after graduating?
Working for a government environmental agency such as the WA Department of Ecology or WA Dept. of Fish and Wildlife or private environmental consulting firm in the Seattle area.
...Ten years after graduating?
Graduated from a masters program with a MPA in Environmental Policy or a MS in Environmental Science and living in Seattle or a new city further south in Oregon or California. Maybe even adding 2 furry dog or cat family members to the mix.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
It has pushed me to get more out of my undergraduate career and meet new people.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Talk to people and make friends with others who have different backgrounds than your own.

Chonghui Ji

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology
Thesis title
Mental Health of Transgender Children before, during, and after social transition
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
home:)
...One year after graduating?
Grad school- clinical psychology program
...Ten years after graduating?
my own lab! somewhere in some developing country
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Broaden the scope of my knowledge and interests. Introduced more awesome people in my life:)
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
committed to your research/ project/ work! And don't be afraid to fail

Devi Johnson

Quarter and Year of graduation
Fall 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
International Studies; Economics
Personal website or blog URL
devijohnson.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
spending some quality time with my family celebrating and eating good food.
...One year after graduating?
probably working at the same consulting job I'm at now helping to understand how well consumer ads are doing
...Ten years after graduating?
your guess is as good as mine. Maybe I'll be living internationally, maybe I'll be getting a grad degree, or something else. I'm excited to see what the future has in store. Hopefully those two things and many more others!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
As a wide-eyed freshman who was just trying to figure out where she belonged in the university, Honors provided me with a community of like-minded individuals that made that transition a lot easier. Over my three years, that community spanned, classes, events, friends, and roommates.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
If there's something that interests you, pursue it. You don't have to do everything at one time though, balance things out so you're not overwhelmed, but getting involved can help you learn if that's something you want to do more of, possibly professionally, or just for fun.

Alyssa Karounos

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Drama
Thesis title
I Can See Jersey from my House
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
At the Death Cab for Cutie Concert
...One year after graduating?
In Chicago, taking classes, making comedy
...Ten years after graduating?
A solid foundation under my belt for my work, making theatre and comedy is my day job

Sneha Krishnan

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Biology
Thesis title
Patterns of variation in Agama picticauda in West Africa: a landscape genetics approach
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
One day after graduating, I will be snuggled up on my couch with my two dogs and a great book.
...One year after graduating?
A year after graduation, I will have just completed my first year of veterinary school at Colorado State University
...Ten years after graduating?
Ten years after graduating, I will be the head vet at a zoo somewhere in the world!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being part of honors really allowed to me explore different realms of biology by doing projects, papers, and presentations. I got to interact with my professors more than I would have, and I explored really interesting topics that opened my mind up to how vast the field of biology really is.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
These projects that you participate in are the places where you can draw your biggest connections between what you learn in class and what happens in the real world. Go and get your hands dirty- because it will prepare you for what is to come after graduation.

Hiu Tung Gloria Lam

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring, 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Speech and Hearing Sciences
Thesis title
The Relation Between Early Music Training and Working Memory
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Spending some quality time with my family and friends!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
It has definitely enriched my undergraduate experience by gaining exposure to the field of research and learning how I could apply research knowledge into clinical practice in speech-language pathology.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Have fun and enjoy the learning process!

Annika Larson

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Communications
Thesis title
Donald Trump's Twitter: A Case Study on How Political Social Media Accounts Impact Press Coverage
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating graduation with my senior friends who are moving out-of-state.
...One year after graduating?
Working for a tech startup in Redmond and traveling to Greece.
...Ten years after graduating?
Leading a marketing department for a major company.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors improved my research skills and allowed me to conduct some interesting research during my senior year.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't stress too much your senior year- enjoy it!

Michelle Lee

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Computer Science
Personal website or blog URL
http://myhonorsportfolio.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Catching up on sleep and going to graduation parties!
...One year after graduating?
I will be in San Francisco working at Adobe as a Software Engineer. Hopefully by this point, I've explored many cool places in the Bay Area!
...Ten years after graduating?
It's hard to predict, but hopefully I'll be back in Seattle, working as a Product Manager for a startup.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors community has impacted my college experience in so many ways. I met some of my best friends through the Honors floor in Haggett freshman year, and the classes I've taken through Honors were incredible.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Honors offers so many amazing classes, so be sure to take advantage of them! Its rare to be in classes where a professor remembers your name from the first week of class.

Tram Le

Quarter and Year of graduation
Winter 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Finance and Information Systems
Thesis title
Real Estate Investment Analysis; Valuation of Amazon.com
Personal website or blog URL
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tramtnle/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In my apartment sleeping in until past noon.
...One year after graduating?
Hopefully it's the weekend and if it is I'll sleep in until past noon. In all seriousness, I expect to be an experienced analyst at my current job!
...Ten years after graduating?
Be a boss of my own company and travelling to at least 10 countries.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Being an Honors student has allowed me to take on challenges that I find very helpful and relevant in the workplace. The people that I have known from the Honors Program are already great networks that I wouldn't have had if it weren't for the program.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Don't limit yourself. Be more than what you can be. Say yes to challenges and hardships, and get ready for a fun ride!

Leah Li

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Political Science, International Security
Thesis title
Predicting the Future of Autonomous Weapons: Examining the Impact of Modern Technology Policy on Artificial Intelligence Innovation
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Finally reading a leisure book comfortably without feeling guilty about not reading my class texts instead. Equally likely scenario: me, frantically packing my suitcases. Shortly after, I'll be moving to Washington, D.C. where I will be working in technology policy and government affairs.
...One year after graduating?
Hunched over some caffeinated tea and pencils, studying for the LSAT.
...Ten years after graduating?
(Finally) attaining speaking, reading, and writing fluency in Chinese!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program in my department allowed me to find community and carve out an academic identity within my major. In retrospect, I can appreciate how the program molded my passions into ideas, then into questions, and finally into searching for answers-all alongside valuable faculty supervision.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
The University of Washington is undeniably large in size; feeling like one in a sea of many is a relatable sentiment when you first start out. Stay curious and be intentional in your conversations, questions, and the challenges that you decide tackle.

Amanda Lin

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Computer Science
Personal website or blog URL
amandalinatuw.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Enjoying time with my family and friend, eating delicious food, and sitting in the sunshine with a cold drink.
...One year after graduating?
Appreciating how far I've come as a full time software engineer and former student, as well as appreciating how much I have stayed the same.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working to improve the world at a company that does great things in some area of fundamental human rights.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors encourages an adventurous, thoughtful exploration of different fields. With this spirit, I decided to take intro computer science, a decision that changed my life. My curiosity toward interdisciplinary perspectives and forays into new topics colored my college career brilliantly.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Take advantage of the amazing selection of courses at UW. Never stop being curious.

Molly Lindstrom

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Neurobiology
Thesis title
Grey Matters Journal: Multi-Component Analysis of Mission Achievement
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Laying in the grass at the park under the beautiful Seattle sunshine, celebrating freedom!
...One year after graduating?
Taking a few months off between the end of my internship and the beginning of my career to travel through South America, Southeast Asia, and Northern Europe.
...Ten years after graduating?
Succeeding as a true leader in my career and community.

Eloise Loen

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Materials Science and Engineering
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating with all of my friends and family that were so integral to my UW experience.
...One year after graduating?
Working as an engineer during the week and playing in the mountains on the weekends!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I love that Honors gave me the opportunity to meet people outside of my major. I really appreciated hearing new perspectives.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Explore thoughtfully and proactively, and take at least one class every quarter where you get to talk to your classmates!

Priya Malhotra

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Political Science
Thesis title
Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

Jack McBride

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Anthropology: Human Evolutionary Biology
Thesis title
Considering Animal Rights Activism
Personal website or blog URL
http://seeingnonsense.wordpress.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Having a barbecue at Greenlake with friends, if the weather permits.
...One year after graduating?
Working abroad doing primatological fieldwork.
...Ten years after graduating?
Honestly, I have no idea.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors definitely made me think about myself and my future more than any other part of the undergraduate experience. Without it I don't know whether I would feel as certain in the type of person I am, and want to be.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Be open to change and new experiences. Sometimes the thing that frustrates and hurts and challenges you is the thing you end up needing the most.

Anna Mikkelborg

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Political Science and Law, Societies and Justice
Personal website or blog URL
annacmikkelborg.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
On a retreat at Pack Forest with my research group, playing wiffleball and talking about political movements!
...One year after graduating?
Finishing up my Master's degree in Politics Research at the University of Oxford and getting ready to move to UC Berkeley to start my Ph.D.
...Ten years after graduating?
Hopefully at a university somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, working hard for tenure as a professor of Political Science but still finding some time to spend with family, play music, and get outdoors.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
My experience through Honors taught me not to be intimidated by tasks that seem overwhelming. I never would have read War and Peace, learned computer programming, or traveled across India without Honors challenging me to take on these adventures.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
When a mentor gives you tough feedback, it's because they believe in you! Don't fear criticism; ask for it, and trust that you're smart enough to take it in and use it to make your work even better.

Lauren Mittelman

Quarter and Year of graduation
Winter 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
College Honors
Major(s)
Public Health
Thesis title
The Vulnerability Collective
Personal website or blog URL
laurenmittelman.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Driving to Utah! Then Flying to Philadelphia 7 days later.
...One year after graduating?
Living in Philadelphia teaching 6th grade Math!
...Ten years after graduating?
Being grateful for each day.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I came into the UW not even knowing that the Honors program existed - a year later I was a late admit to the program, and 3.5 years later I can honestly say that Honors has shaped the most important projects and experiences of my college experience.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
If you have an idea - run with it. There's never quite a time like undergrad when we can all forge forward with our lavish ideas - take advantage!

Jacob S. Modesitt

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Microbiology
Thesis title
Antibiotic Effects on Gastrointestinal Bacterial Communities
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I expect to be spending time with my amazing parents that helped me so much over the last four years.
...One year after graduating?
I expect to be attending medical school to pursue a career as an orthopedic surgeon.
...Ten years after graduating?
I expect to be in a position to have a significant impact on people's lives. I hope to be in a position that can provide disadvantaged people with the care they deserve.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The Honors program has encouraged me to push myself past my comfort zone and achieve goals that just four years ago were lofty dreams.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Continue to work hard and take advantage of the opportunity you have been given. The UW Honors program is a prestigious achievement that not many people are fortunate enough to experience.

Chris Perry

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology
Thesis title
The Interaction of Substance Use Disorders and Sexuality in Persons Enrolled in HIV care: A Retrospective Analysis
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Senioritis has been... difficult to contend with... thus, I would fully expect myself to be staring off into space for a few weeks post-graduation.
...One year after graduating?
Several options have presented themselves. I will either be working in a psychological clinical setting, or in a graduate program to gain licensure as a mental health practitioner. Also, traveling abroad, which I have neglected to do throughout my entire undergraduate career.
...Ten years after graduating?
I expect to be established within a private clinical practice, and also in academia as both a professor and research scientist.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I feel that honors has afforded me the opportunity for individualized study within a field that I care about. An integral part of that process has been mentoring in more advanced and applied statistical and design methodologies than perhaps traditional classwork would grant.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Get involved early, and do not be afraid to reach out to a mentor who interests you the most, even if their field is somewhat intimidating. Their job is to mentor you: demand that.

Tyler Pichette

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Political Economy
Thesis title
Populism, Deindustrialization, and Resentment: The Political Economy of Trump & Brexit
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Laying in the sun or coaching baseball.
...One year after graduating?
Working as a Legislative Aide at the King County Council.
...Ten years after graduating?
Working in public service in some form!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
The opportunity to write an honors thesis was very challenging, but in the end one of the most fulfilling experiences of my time here.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Be genuine in your interactions and treat everyone you meet with respect!

Cinthia Piedra

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Social Welfare, Law, Societies, and Justice (LSJ)
Thesis title
Childhood Adversity: The Role of Social Support in Reducing Externalized Behaviors
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Back home spending time with my family, dogs, and cats. Sleeping my day away and not having to worry about waking up early!
...One year after graduating?
I will be feeling twenty-two and graduating with my Master's degree in Social Work with a Health Concentration at the UWMC Oncology Department! After 16 long years of going to school I will finally be done!
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope to be financially stable to have my parents not work anymore. I want to be able to give back everything that they sacrificed & left in Ecuador in order to give their children a bright future. I also hope to work with youth at risk or homeless young adults that have been involved in the CJS.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I have been able to see so much growth from my first year here in 2014 and honors has been able to push me in ways I did not even realize was possible. It has given me he confidence I needed and has opened so many doors for me!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Make sure to set deadlines! And DON'T DON'T DON'T DON'T procrastinate if you will be doing research! Delegate all your work on specific days and months so you will not have to rush last minute.

Meili Powell

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Early Childhood & Family Studies, History
Thesis title
N/A
Personal website or blog URL
http://meilip410.wixsite.com/honorsportfolio17
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Moving to Memphis, Tennessee, to start training with Teach for America.
...One year after graduating?
Teaching elementary school in Memphis.
...Ten years after graduating?
Continuing to work as an advocate for educational equity.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors enhanced my undergraduate experience through connecting me with some incredible individuals and deepening my thinking/perspectives of the world through giving me the unique opportunity to take courses from a wide variety of fields.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Challenge yourself to take an honors course that has a topic that is very different from your major/primary interests.

Shannon Ren

Quarter and Year of graduation
Fall 2016
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Computer Science
Where do you expect to be...
...One year after graduating?
Working at Hestan Smart Cooking in Seattle with my new pup Cassie!
...Ten years after graduating?
Still with my pup Cassie, maybe doing some dog friendly traveling, teaching, or still coding!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors gave me one of my first communities at the UW and helped introduce me to college. I suddenly had a large group of friends, numerous interesting classes to explore, and something specific to look forward too. It helped define my college experience.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
It goes by so quickly. Don't forget to pause and pet some dogs and have some fun.

Alex Rockhill

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Neurobiology (Honors), Applied Math
Thesis title
Shape Selectivity in Brain Area V4
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
I'll be up in the mountains with my fiance and my dogs.
...One year after graduating?
I'll be working in the Neurotheraputics Division in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital helping program deep brain stimulation for people with refractory mental illness.
...Ten years after graduating?
Possibly still in an MD PhD program but hopefully soon on to residency.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I have had a fantastic undergraduate honors experience, working closely with staff mentors and developing proper scientific technique to research important questions about how we perceive the world. My research has been vastly improved by the rigor and integrity with which research is conducted.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Start looking for interesting research labs early and thoroughly and learn about the frontiers of science.

Reem Sabha

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Economics
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Driving home to my parent's house to catch up on sleep.
...One year after graduating?
Finishing up my first year working at Boeing.
...Ten years after graduating?
Hopefully, fulfilling my dreams of living in London, owning two corgis, and being a published author.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has been an absolutely amazing experience, and I have been privileged to be a part of the Honors community. Shout-out to all the wonderful Honors staff and faculty, as well as the friends I made in Honors: you-all make UW a fantastic place.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Read, read, read. I suggest: The Alchemist, The Bell Jar, Persepolis, the perks of being a wallflower, Adrift on the Nile, The Prophet, milk and honey, the Harry Potter series (if you haven't already!), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Waltz with Bashir, Orientalism, Being Mortal, and The Handmaid's Tale.

Hunter Sapienza

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
geography
Thesis title
Technological Gentrification and the New Patriarchy: On Rich, White Gays' Aversion to Gentrification in Theory, but Love for Artisanal Doughnuts in Practice (work in progess, always incomplete)
Personal website or blog URL
hsapienzauw.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Scrambling to pack and purge for my move to New York City in between coffee dates and sunbathing during my last days in Seattle.
...One year after graduating?
Finishing my first year teaching high school math in the East Bronx for Teach For America, and preparing to endure my second sweltering summer in the city.
...Ten years after graduating?
Walking through Central Park post-yoga and pre-brunch with my husband and first child Olivia Anne.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors exposed me to people, experiences, and knowledge outside my comfort zone that I otherwise may have never encountered. It taught me what it means to be human in our modern society.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Own your values and let go of the need to please everyone.

Chris Steckler

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Business - Marketing & Finance
Personal website or blog URL
http://chrissteckler.weebly.com/
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Preparing for my brother's high school graduation
...One year after graduating?
Working as a Financial Analyst for Amazon and volunteering with suicide prevention, social justice, and mental health organizations
...Ten years after graduating?
Developing and producing educational entertainment media for youth
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
I gained experience in looking at issues and objects from different perspectives.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Seek out opportunities to research and discuss topics that interest you. Find out what you like to talk and think about. Then find a way to engage with those fields on a regular basis (personally, academically, and/or professionally). Seek to understand others.

Josephine Strauss

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
Environmental Studies, History
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Sleeping, and maybe reducing my caffeine intake.
...One year after graduating?
I hope to be on my way to law school, spending the months just prior learning Lithuanian and visiting the Baltic states.
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope to be an attorney and leader working in the energy industry integrating renewables more successfully into the energy mix.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors has allowed me to experience a plethora of subjects and be exposed to subjects I never thought I'd find interest in.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Try everything, don't be afraid of reaching too high or too far cause that doesn't exist. Challenge your comfort zone and see what you can accomplish.

Pok Man Tong

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Mathematics
Thesis title
The Catalan Matroid
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Enjoying your college life is the most important.

Connor Tsuchida

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Bioengineering
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Planning my backpacking trip to Morocco!
...One year after graduating?
Working on a PhD in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley - UCSF
...Ten years after graduating?
Working as a professor at a major research institution where I can continue to do medical research and teach the next generation of bioengineers

Xiyao Wang

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Psychology, Economics
Thesis title
Suicidal Ideation and Help-seeking in College Students
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Free of everything, I will travel the world!
...One year after graduating?
I will be preparing myself for graduate school, hopefully with some working experience already.
...Ten years after graduating?
I will be a researcher, and I will also be teaching intro psychology classes so that more students will become interested in this field and wish to join us in exploring psych world.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honor program gave me the chance to start doing research, and I also get to know amazing people along the road, really appreciated!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Keep calm and down to earth.

Yicheng Wang

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Economics & ACMS mathematical economics
Thesis title
The stock market listing of Chinese enterprises
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
A promising and ambitious young adult, looking forward to a new adventure.
...One year after graduating?
A business woman who stands well in the industry.
...Ten years after graduating?
A successful person who has a strong social network and position.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honor is a title that makes my parents and myself proud. It is also something that urges me to do better.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
Be brave to explore both academically and vocationally. Follow your interests and try your best to achieve something.

Alaina Woodford

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Interdisciplinary Honors
Major(s)
English and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
Personal website or blog URL
lainarose.weebly.com
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
Celebrating graduation with a lot of food and even more sleep!
...One year after graduating?
Working at an activist organization, ideally one helping women who need abortions.
...Ten years after graduating?
I hope to have a true career in activism. I'd like to work at a level where I can make a difference, and witness that difference being made in the world, no matter how small.
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Honors took my majors and brought them together. It gave me the ability to apply my knowledge in the field, and it surrounded me with incredibly smart people committed to deep thought and interdisciplinary analysis. I'm so grateful that I get to use my Honors education for the rest of my life.
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
After every quarter, sit down and write up that quarter for your Honors portfolio. DO IT. It will never be easier or fresher in your mind than in that moment, and you'll appreciate the level of detail later when you can look back later on a very well-preserved account of your time at UW!

Michael Ziegltrum

Quarter and Year of graduation
Spring 2017
Which Honors designation will you be graduating with?
Departmental Honors
Major(s)
Business Administration (Finance); Certificate of International Studies in Business
Thesis title
Moral Hazard and Adverse Selection in the Financial Crisis
Where do you expect to be...
...One day after graduating?
In the couple days after I graduate I will be going with the Global Business Center to Ballard High School to help coach for a case competition! Can't wait.
...One year after graduating?
I'll be in San Francisco working in Fintech on a global scale. This is a dream job for me, and I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity!
...Ten years after graduating?
I want to be working with a great team, solving big problems on a global scale!
Please share any comments you have on the impact that Honors has had on your undergraduate experience:
Departmental Honors has led me to develop my academic and professional interests, and pursue them. The program requirements have enabled me to work side-by-side with outstanding professors at the UW who share my passions. Thanks Raj for pushing me to leadership, and for all your support!
Do you have any advice for current Honors undergraduates?
With departmental honors, it is a chance to narrow your interests and to work with professors who are leaders in their field. Think about what you want to accomplish, problems or industries you are interested in, and then start looking for professors who can support such a project!