The Psychology Department proudly announces the Spring 2012 winners of the Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement. The two candidates who best articulated the link between their academic studies in psychology and community projects were selected for the $500 award. One of these students was further honored to become the first Natalis Award recipient, funded by alumnus Dr. Jonathan Hoistad of Natalis Counseling & Psychology Solutions.
Lauren Maccoux (Natalis Award) and Brittany Berenz are both interning this academic year with Washburn Center for Children. Washburn is a community mental health center focused on children's mental health that helps children with social, emotional and behavioral problems and their families.
Lauren's internship is within the Family Focused Program, which serves children from three to five years of age and their families who are at risk for child abuse and/or neglect. Lauren assists staff with the children's therapy in the class room and interacts one on one with them.
Brittany works with a therapist/teacher team providing therapeutic support to school age children with severe emotional problems. The goal is to foster emotional and behavioral regulation skills, support coping skills and help them learn to function normally at home, at school and in the community.
Congratulations to Lauren and Brittany for successfully linking their studies in psychology with public engagement! These awards clearly make a difference in the lives and futures of our undergraduate students.
Applications for the Summer 2012 round of awards are due June 15, 2012. Information is available at http://www.psych.umn.edu/undergrad/engawards.htm and questions may be directed to Holly Hatch-Surisook, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are made possible by the generous donations of alumni and friends to the Psychology Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. The goal of this program is to provide grants that assist our undergraduate Psychology majors in linking their psychology studies with outreach and public engagement.