Friday, September 17, 2021

Summer 2021 Mortensen Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement

Congratulations to Briana Burke (BS ‘23) and Kayla Chan (BS ‘23) for receiving the Mortensen Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement this summer. This award supports undergraduates as they pursue opportunities for academic enhancement within the field of psychology.

Headshot of Briana Burke

Burke worked with The Advocates for Human Rights as a WATCH (Hennepin county court monitors) project volunteer, as she observed court cases dealing with domestic and gender-based violence. Burke was present in the pre-trial and sentencing phases of the process, when victims and advocates are not in the courtroom. Burke was present as a victim advocate, to ensure that the survivor's interests were supported in these phases of the trial. This award helped Burke cover the costs of tuition and bills, freeing up her time in order to focus on community passions.

Headshot of Kayla Chan

This summer Chan interned with the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul as a clinical psychology research assistant. In this role, Chan helped with the Minnesota Memory Project, a ten-year longitudinal study that focuses on the assessment of normative aging in older adults as well as those diagnosed with memory loss. Chan worked in data collection, administering and scoring brief neuropsych assessments, and communicating with participants. This award helped Chan cover the costs of transportation and rent so she could focus on                                                       her internship.

Composed by Flora Pollack, communications assistant.