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Congrats December Grads!

Meet the newest Honors Alumni

We are proud to announce the December 2022 University Honors graduates! Graduating from BYU with University Honors is no small feat, only achieved by about one percent of the graduating class. It takes careful planning, hard work, and collaboration with faculty and students alike. We applaud these outstanding students and thank each of you for your contributions to our community of scholars. Good luck as you move on to new adventures as BYU Honors Alumni!

Paden Allsup

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Major: Computer Science
Minor: English
Thesis: "Reservoir Computing Solutions For Watershed Health Predictions." See Thesis.
Advisor: Christophe Giraud-Carrier
Plans After Graduation: Paden plans to attend Graduate School at CU Boulder next fall

Samantha Baker

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Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Family Life
Thesis: "An Examination of the Associations Between Relationship Education, Trust, Communication, Relationship Satisfaction and Sexual Satisfaction." See Thesis.
Advisor: Chelom Leavitt
Plans After Graduation: Samantha is looking forward to motherhood in May 2023 and Graduate School at Auburn University in 2024

Rachel Gouff

Major: English
Minor: Spanish
Thesis: “Surfaces and Appearances”: Character, Physiognomy, and Communication in Charles Dickens’s and Wilkie Collins’s “A Message from the Sea”. See Thesis.
Advisor: Jamie Horrocks
Plans After Graduation: Rachel is planning to attend graduate school.

Landon Hooley

Major: Political Science
Minor: Political Strategy
Thesis: "Critical Race Theory, Natural Rights, and the Fate of Liberalism." See Thesis.
Advisor: Ralph Hancock
Plans After Graduation: Landon will be working for Novarad as a Product and Market Research Analyst

Braydon Lee

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Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Chemistry
Thesis: "Deep Nuclei Structural Integrity and Social Affective Outcomes in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury."
Advisor: Derin Cobia
Plans After Graduation: Emergency medical technician at the University of Utah

Sara Linderman

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Major: Neuroscience
Thesis: The Effects of Vesicular Packaging on Spontaneous ATP and Dopamine Release in the Nucleus Accumbens
Advisor: Jordan Yorgason
Plans After Graduation: Sara will be attending Graduate School in Physical Therapy at Baylor University.

Christian Metzner

Major: Neuroscience
Minor: Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science
Thesis: Analyzing the Electromyographic Effects of Peripheral Stimulation Below Motor Neuron Threshold on Essential Tremor Patients
Advisor: Steven Charles
Plans After Graduation: Christian will pursue a PhD in Computational Neuroscience

Rachel Sowa

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Major: Family Life: Human Development
Minor: Spanish
Thesis: Missionaries and Manipulation: Exploring Vulnerabilities and Safeguards for Young Missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. See Thesis.
Advisor: Jason Whiting
Plans After Graduation:  Rachel hopes to attend BYU Law school next fall

Kelsie Westphal

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Major: English Language
Minor: Editing
Thesis: "Prescriptive Lists: A Taxonomy of Lists Used in Prescriptive Discourse." See Thesis.
Advisor: Don Chapman
Plans After Graduation: Kelsie will be working as a freelance editor and writer.

Sally Wynn

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Major: Psychology
Thesis: "Mindful Musicians: Train Mindfulness, Deliberate Practice, Anxiety and Depression Levels in College Musicians." See Thesis.
Advisor: Sandra Sephton
Plans After Graduation: Sally plans to work for a year before applying to Masters degree programs in Counseling