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Virtual Undergraduate Celebration and Recognition Event 2020

ICD undergraduates: You did it! Congratulations on completing this semester. This semester—and year—presented many unprecedented challenges, and we're so proud of what you've accomplished. While we aren’t able to celebrate all of your hard work in person, we’re excited to recognize your accomplishments virtually.

Here you'll find a list of ICD graduates from this academic year, award recipients, shout-outs from your peers, special messages from staff and instructors, and more. Please share with your family and friends to help us celebrate you!

From all of us at ICD, congrats again. We wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to see what you do next.

Celebrating YOU! Recognition slideshow

From my family to yours, we want to say congratulations to the graduating Class of 2020!

Meghan Allen Eliason (and family)
Undergraduate academic advisor

Congratulations to all of our graduates*!

*Early childhood and developmental psychology majors and minors graduating Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020.

Hannah Allen

Sarah Amundson

Elizabeth Anderson

Madalyn Anderson

Sara Anderson

Victoria Barr

Jessica Benzel

Layla Berenjian

Maya Bauer

Gwendolyn Berrisford

Kyle Bluhm

Hannah Brickson

Kate Brockevelt

MaKiera Broen

Shannon Carley

Katherina Carlson

Victoria Carlson

Jade Caster

See Chang

Mackenzie Chiodi

Valerie Chrepta

Kelsey Christensen

Halle Cook

Amy-Mae Cooper

Milena Cornejo

Dillon Culver

Brynn Cusack

Claire Dahl

Grace Dejno

Emily Delaney

Andrea Eckl

Diana Espitia

Betsy Ettinger

Rachel Ewing

Madeline Feeney

Anna Finley

Jeanne Finney

Sofie Fitzsimmons

Kira Fletcher

Gabrielle France

Hannah Friedrich

Samantha Gardow

Madison Garnhardt

Goh PuiYii

Colin Gran

Alison Gould

Rachel Grushan

Holly Hames

Mara Handler

Margaret Hartzell

Zoe Harvieux

Sarah Hastings

Brooke Hays

Olivia Heins

Anna Heinz

Madyson Hennen

Evan Hiew

Cassie Huang

Elyse Hudson

TaylorMae Ippolito

Lindsey Januszyk

Emily Jin

Jaclyn Johnson

Madeline Johnson

Payton Johnson

Rachel Johnson

Allison Kavanagh

Kristine Kancans

Payton Keddell

Nadine Keefe

Emily Keis

Jiwoo Kim

Maeve Kinderman

Jessica Klauser

Aileen Knecht

Kianna Kubitza

Sydney Kuschel

Niela Lachica

Kathryn LaLiberte

Athena Lasco

Elizabeth Leavitt-Tofte

Chloe Lee

Sohee Lee

Lily Lengvenis

Alyssa Leshovsky

Amber Listerud

Mia Lofgren

Lesly Lopez

Erin Lunde

Kevin Ly

Katie Magnan

Ema Malik

Julene Maniak

Clara Matson

Sophia Mazullo

Megan McCartan

Kendra Irene McCarthy

Jordan McElligott

Katie McGinn

Brianna McGinnis

Kayla McLaughlin

Emilee McMillen

McKinley Medhaug

Natalie Minnerath

Bingxin Mo

Madison Mosher

Serapia Mugeta

Tiffany Myers

Justine Nelson

Grace Nieman

Hope Norenberg

Anna O'Hagan

Sarah O'Keefe

Aubrey O'Quinn

Samantha Ohlendorf

AnaLiisa Olson

Madi Owen

Riyana Parekh

Sydney Patrow

Jasmine Qin

Emilie Reard

Tripat Rihal

Zakiya Robertson

Fernando Robles

Cat Ronke

Risa Roth

Jack Sallaberry

Hayley Schendel

Rebecca Schindel

Reilly Schneider

Carly Schraufnagel

Elizabeth Shaver

Noa Singer

Madison Snyder

Graham Spartz

Madison Strom

Pei Min Tan

Ashley Thiel

Mikayla Timm

Katarina Tolic

Ashley Torgerson

Gabrielle Tripps

Johanna Villa

Avelene Vladyka

Huyen Vu

Kelli Wacker

Anne Wernecke

Emily Wiesner

Lindsay Williams

Vivian Wolkoff

Angel Xiong

Melanie Xiong

Jessica Yan

Maly Yang

Qiujie Yang

Nora Yung

Nimo Yusuf

Abigail Zellman

Chenxiuhui Zhang

Tengning Zhang

Xiran Zhang

Yitong Zhu

Yuge Zhu

I want to recognize all of your hard work, energy, attitudes, and accomplishments this year...congratulations! Thanks for being you and all of the different ways that you've contributed to our department and all that you've done for us this year.

Meghan Allen Eliason
Undergraduate academic advisor

Awards

Awards listed are self-reported for the 2019-20 academic year and therefore may not be comprehensive. We celebrate all of our students and their accomplishments this year!

Anne D. Pick Scholarship Award for Outstanding Child Psychology Senior

Mackenzie Chiodi

President's Student Leadership and Service Award

Risa Roth

McNair Scholar

Alonso Galvan

Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program Scholar

Sarah Eckerstorfer

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award Recipients (Fall 2019 & Spring 2020)

Allison Dai

Samantha Gardow

Colin Gran

Thunder Lei

Julene Maniak

Brinley Montour

Undergraduate Research Scholarship (URS) recipient

Amanda Mathison

Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship

Yue Zhao

CLA Career Services Get Ready Scholarship

Reece Alstad

CEHD/U of M "World's Challenge Challenge" winner 2020 (part of ICD group)

Sarah Eckerstorfer

I wanted to share with you on behalf of the entire Institute [of Child Development], how proud we are of our graduating seniors...We look forward to following you rising stars.

Glenn Roisman
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Conference presentations

Maya Bauer: "Associations Between Maternal Pre and Postnatal Stress and Anxiety, Maternal Behavior, and Infant Cognitive Outcomes at 3-6 Months" (University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium)

Milena Cornejo: "The Role of Cultural Values in the Empowerment of Latina Women" (University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium)

Samantha Gardow: "Maternal Iron Intake Across Pregnancy: Impacts on Fetal Growth Trajectories" (CEHD Research Day, University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium)

Anna Heinz: "Sociodemographic Risk and Teacher-Child Relationships in Children Experiencing Homelessness" (CEHD Research Day)

Sohee Irene Lee: "Relationships Between Family Adoption-Related Conversations, Adoptive Identity, and Symptoms of Psychopathology Among Post-Institutionalized Adopted Youth" (Rudd Adoption Research Conference, University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium)

Kevin Ly: "Understanding Children’s In-group Biases: Does Group Membership Affect Children's Acceptance of Counter-Intuitive Information?" (National Conference of Undergraduate Research, CEHD Research Day, University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium)

Brinley Montour: "The Effects of Substance Abuse in a Parent on Environment of Child" (University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium)

Emilie Sparrow: "Associations between child sleep problems and executive functioning in middle childhood" (CEHD Research Day)

Congratulations, Class of 2020. I wish I could be there to celebrate you in person, but just know that I'm incredibly proud of each and every one of you. I know that it hasn't always been easy, but your hard work hasn't gone unnoticed.

Elizabeth Criswell
Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator

Honors Senior Theses

Maya Bauer: "Associations Between Pre- and Postnatal Anxiety and Perceived Stress, Maternal Behavior, and Infant Development"

Kate Brockevelt: "Influence of Temperament, Parental Mental State Talk, and Childcare Experience on Early Prosocial Development"

Mackenzie Chiodi: "The Effects of a Short-Term Longitudinal Physical Exercise Intervention on Executive Function Skill in 5-Year-Old Children"

Claire Dahl: "Prevalence of Trauma History and Trauma Related Disorders in an Early Childhood Mental Health Clinic"

Rachel Grushan: "Maternal-Adolescent Alexithymia and its Relationships with Emotion Regulation Strategies, Parenting Styles, and Emotion Socialization Behaviors"

Elizabeth Shaver: "School Connectedness as a Protective Factor for School-Based Outcomes of Adolescents with a Currently or Formerly Incarcerated Parent"

I've loved seeing you grow as writers, as scientists, and as developmental psychologists throughout the years. I'm so very proud of your achievements.

Chryle Elieff
Instructor

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

Sara Anderson

Kate Brockevelt

Shannon Carley

Mackenzie Chiodi

Claire Dahl

Betsy Ettinger

Jaclyn Johnson

Nadine Keefe

Judy Kupchan

Sophia Mazullo

Jordan McElligott

Emilee McMillen

Bingxin Mo

Madison Mosher

Grace Nieman

Lauren Rickman

Risa Roth

Reilly Schneider

Elizabeth Shaver

Noa Singer

Karissa Star

Pei Min Tan

Mikayla Timm

Johanna Villa

Jessica Yan

Yuge Zhu

On behalf of CPSO, we want to congratulate everyone for completing this semester. It wasn't always easy, but we're so proud of all of you and all of your hard work.

Courtney Engholm
Vice President
Child Psychology Student Organization

Child Psychology Student Organization (CPSO) officers
2019-2020

Kelsey Christensen

Sydney Cheung

Courtney Engholm

Kevin Ly

Aubrey O’Quinn

Sophie Richardson

I am very happy to congratulate our Class of 2020! You have done a wonderful job of making it through a very difficult final semester of your career. Congratulations and best wishes to all of you.

Megan Gunnar
Regents Professor and Director of the Institute

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants

Madalyn Anderson

Sara Anderson

Maya Bauer

Maggie Breuer

Mackenzie Chiodi

Jaclyn Johnson

Joanne Jung

Brittany Kubricky

Judy Kupchan

Sohee Irene Lee

Julene Maiak

Jordan McElligott

Sophie Richardson

Thank you for all of your dedication in your journey towards your early childhood degree. Thank you for sharing yourselves, your ideas, your thoughts, and your work with all of us in the early childhood program.

ICD's early childhood team

Lab School Student Teachers 2019-2020

Victoria Barr

Kyle Bluhm

See Chang

Valerie Chrepta

Amy-Mae Cooper

Gabrielle France

Sarah Hastings

TaylorMae Ippolito

Payton Johnson

Allison Kavanagh

Susan Krygowski

Alyssa Leshovsky

Mia Lofgren

Serapia Mugeta

Madi Owen

Dagmar Rosenthal

Hayley Schendel

Madison Strom

Ashley Thiel

Sarah Thorstenson

Christine Waring

Qiujie Yang

Keep in touch with your classmates

LinkedIn

The Institute of Child Development has created a LinkedIn® group for our undergraduate alumni! We hope the group can be a place where you can stay in touch, network, and discuss issues related to your fields and careers.

Join now

Thanks to our student employees!

Courtney Engholm (ICD)

Kevin Ly (ICD)

Aubrey O’Quinn (Tutor)

Sophie Richardson (Tutor)

Harrison Fuhr (ICD communications)

Maddie Smith (ICD communications)

Shannon Carley (ICD communications)