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.
From my family to yours, we want to say congratulations to the graduating Class of 2020!
Meghan Allen Eliason (and family)
Undergraduate academic advisor
*Early childhood and developmental psychology majors and minors graduating Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020.
Kendra Irene McCarthy
Pei Min Tan
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 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!
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.
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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.
Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator
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"
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.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society.
Pei Min Tan
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.
Child Psychology Student Organization
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.
Regents Professor and Director of the Institute
Sohee Irene Lee
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
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.
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)