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2011 CAS Outstanding Student

The 2011 CAS Outstanding Student, Alyssa DeGrace is a Psychology major with a 3.94 GPA, on the Dean’s list each semester and a member of the honors college. A Board of Governors Scholar and a winner of the Women in Leadership and Service Scholarship, she has jointly conducted an ambitious research project she named the Infant Cry Research Initiative.  She conducted her research with the support of a CAS Undergraduate Research Fund Award.  Additionally, she worked in the Early Childhood Cognition and Emotions Lab to investigate social influence as it pertains to socioecomonmic status, using her Spanish language skills to communicate with Spanish speaking families.  Also, she collaborated with faculty in a research project on intimate partner violence among adolescents, with a focus on evidence-based practices to prevent such violence.  She has numberous leadership roles on campus, serving as a Student Government Association senator, an LGBTQA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Ally, an Honors Student Association Curriculum Committee member, the Vice-President of the Psychology Club, and a Certified Student Leader in the Students Actively Involved in Leadership (SAIL) organization.  She has also served as a Summer Orientation leader, a Resident Assistant, a Peer Assistant in the Academic Development Program, and as a tutor in the Learning Assistance and Resource Center.  She completed 300 hours of community service in the Bonner AmeriCorps Leaders Program, and additionally has many other service projects, including work at the Turning Point in Allentown, a center for children and women affected by domestic violence.  She has been recognized by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, and is a member of PsyChi, the International Honor Society in Psychology affililated with the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

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