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.
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.
Psychology Department Honors Program: Honors program participants complete an independent research project on a specific topic in the field of Psychology.
Lily Huang Chen
Daniela Munoz Lopez
Javier Ramos Benitez
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
Lily Huang Chen
Ethan Henry Willbrand
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.
Jooeun "Grace" Jang
Pandora Arlene Lam
Chloe Isabella Li
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.
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.
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.