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Lauren Lewis


Outstanding Honors Student in Family and Consumer Sciences

This award was created to recognize the outstanding Honors student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Criteria for selection include grade point average and academic program. Selection is made by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences.


 

Major: Human Development and Family Science
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Activities/Honors: Graduating summa cum laude and with Highest Honors, recipient of the UGA Presidential Leadership Scholarship, CURO Research Assistantship, Zena Costa Brown Scholarship, Betty Carico Williams International Study Scholarship, member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Order of Omega Honor Society, Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society, Honors Program Teaching Assistant, Panhellenic Council Recruitment Counselor, team leader and Kid Events committee member of UGA HEROs, Youth Development Institute Undergraduate Research Assistant, Child Development Lab Substitute Teacher, and Disney College Program participant

What I like most about the Honors Program: The Honors Program has provided me with some of the most enriching and impactful experiences of my college education. With its extensive support of undergraduate research, I have received scholarship funding to pursue multiple research projects and have presented my findings at the CURO Symposium. As an Honors Program Teaching Assistant, I was able to mentor a group of first-year Honors students in their 1000H seminar. Through the smaller class sizes, I have found immense support from both faculty members and fellow students.

Why I chose my major: After selecting a hard science major as a freshman, I felt like something was missing from my education. With the goal of becoming a pediatric healthcare provider, I wanted my education to provide me with a strong background in children’s development. Human Development and Family Science focuses on physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development across the human lifespan, while also providing insight into how families and societies shape this development. I am leaving this program with a much deeper understanding of the many different contextual factors and inequalities that my pediatric patients may face, and a passion for serving and advocating for medically underserved populations.

Post-graduation plans: In the fall, I will be attending Yale University’s School of Nursing to pursue my dream of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner.