Commencement 2021 - Psychology Online Yearbook

Congratulations to the UC Berkeley Psychology class of 2021!  We celebrate your many accomplishments and achievements during your time at Cal. We will always think of the Class of 2021 as a resilient and talented group of students and scholars.

Chair Serena Chen's Commencement Address

  • Undergraduate Awards and Honors

    Department Citation in Psychology: Ethan Willbrand

    The Departmental Citation Award was initiated in 1955 by the Committee on Prizes to recognize distinguished undergraduate work in each department. The Departmental Citation is awarded to the top undergraduate in the Psychology Department based on all aspects of academic life including: research, coursework, writing, and service to the university.

    Ethan is recognized for his well-rounded transcript, independent scholarly work, leadership in the major, and participation in public service. In addition to demonstrated qualities of judgment, ingenuity, initiative, and broad interest, he also serves in a mentoring role for other undergraduates in the lab. In terms of “distinction,” Ethan’s thesis and forthcoming peer-reviewed paper are at a post-doctoral level in terms of impact. He has identified a new neuroanatomical structure, which serves as a microanatomical and functional (it is part of a brain network that is critical for cognitive control) landmark with developmental and evolutionary insights.


    Warner Brown Memorial Prize: In 1958 a group of former students, friends, and colleagues of the late Professor Warner Brown established an endowment to support the Warner Brown Memorial Prize. This prize is awarded annually to graduating seniors in the Department who have shown great promise in psychological research.

    Leighann Ashlock
    Sienna Bruinsma
    Yuyang Zhong

    Swan Research Prize:  The Swan family created an endowment in memory of Katherine Craig Swan, a 1932 Berkeley honors graduate in Psychology. The Swan Research Prize, funded through this endowment, is given to outstanding undergraduate researchers to support their independent research projects.

    Aris Richardson
    Michelle Taw
    Ethan Willbrand

    Psychology Department Honors Program: Honors program participants complete an independent research project on a specific topic in the field of Psychology. 

    Eesha Ali
    Sarah Anvar
    Leighann Ashlock
    Sienna Bruinsma
    Gabby Collins
    Natalie Dalton
    Sally Duan
    Dylan Earp
    Karin Garrett
    Tyler Gavigan
    Alicia Geng
    Ariana Guenther
    Austin Greene
    Randall Hale
    Lily Huang Chen
    Pandora Lam
    Ophelia Lee
    Francesca Leventhal
    Leigh Levinson
    Daniela Munoz Lopez
    Jacqueline Nguyen
    Javier Ramos Benitez
    Lucy Schuler
    Sarah Song
    Robin Stewart
    Michelle Taw
    Ethan Willbrand
    Mae Xue
    Mimi Yoo

    Psi Chi Honor Society:The National Honors Society in Psychology is open to students who have achieved an honors level grade point average overall as well as in the Psychology major.

    Zainab Akhter Bhatti
    Roya Angha
    Sienna Bruinsma
    Matthew Chinn
    Natalie Dalton
    Camellia Edalat
    Nicole Hernandez
    Lily Huang Chen
    Sejla Garbo
    Royalle Hurney
    Jasmine Lai
    Pandora Lam
    Ophelia Lee
    Francesca Leventhal
    Tiffany Ngan
    Jessica Nguyen
    Isabella Pace
    Daniel Pham
    Carlino Ruiz
    Melisa Saygin
    Esmeralda Serna
    Nicole Ship
    Ethan Henry Willbrand
    Yuyang Zhong
    Iris Zhou

    Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society: Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is intended for students who have exhibited academic excellence and rigor in a broad array of undergraduate courses in the liberal arts and sciences.

    Sienna Bruinsma
    Elizabeth Cholakyan
    Anna Cialfi
    Jooeun "Grace" Jang
    Pandora Arlene Lam
    Chloe Isabella Li
    Emily Lok
    Janan Mostajabi
    Jaqueline Nguyen
    Jiseung Son
    Ethan Henry Willbrand
    Pinxuan "Alina" Yu
    Maggie Mei Qi Zhang
    Yurong "Olivia" Zhang


  • Graduate Awards and Honors

    Arnold L. Leiman Prize: This award honors the late Professor Arnold L. Leiman, who was recognized for his dedication to excellent teaching and scholarship as well as his generosity in mentoring students. Professor Leiman was deeply committed to inspiring interest and discovery amongst students. He helped inaugurate the popular Freshman Seminar Program in the early 1990s in addition to serving as Chair of the UC Berkeley Faculty Trustee Board for the McNair Scholars Program, which guides underrepresented and first-generation undergraduates into doctoral programs.

    The Arnold L. Leiman Prize recognizes excellence in teaching and scholarship and provides support to an outstanding Graduate Student Instructor who exemplifies these qualities.

    Kaley Curtis
    Everett Wetchler

    Sheldon J. Korchin Prize in Clinical Psychology: This award honors the late Professor Sheldon J. Korchin, who founded the Psychology Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley in 1963. Professor Korchin was devoted to the training of clinical psychologists who valued and
    implemented the integration between science and practice, and to the opening of opportunities for ethnic minorities and disabled individuals in Clinical Psychology.
    The Korchin Prize is awarded annually to outstanding graduate students in the Clinical Science Program for an exemplary dissertation plan, which through a creative blending of clinical and research perspectives best exemplifies the spirit of Clinical Science.

    Allison Altman
    Kaley Curtis
    Caitlin Gasperetti
    Jenna Wells

    Outstanding GSI Award: The Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award gives campus-wide recognition to excellence in teaching by Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). GSIs are selected to receive this award based on faculty nominations and student evaluations of teaching performance.

    Roya Baharloo
    Paul Connor
    Niki Gumport
    Devon Sandel
    Tyrone Sgambati
    Vyoma Shah
    Gerald Young
    Rebecca Zhu


Psychology Class of 2021