KU News Release

May 17, 2011
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, 785-864-8858

Senior in psychology wins Phi Kappa Phi’s Blackiston fellowship

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LAWRENCE — Lauren Ann Zagorski, a graduating senior in psychology at the University of Kansas, received the 2011 James Blackiston Memorial Graduate Fellowship offered by KU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.

The chapter members selected Zagorski to receive the $1,500 fellowship. As the Blackiston fellowship recipient, Zagorski is the chapter’s nominee for a national Phi Kappa Phi fellowship.

After graduation, Zagorski plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Iowa. She is the daughter of Paul and Astrid Zagorski and a graduate of St. Mary’s-Colgan High School in Pittsburg.

The Blackiston fellowship is the latest achievement for Zagorski, who has won numerous awards and honors at KU. She was named as an Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Program Scholar, a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar and a Kansas National Science Foundation EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Scholar.

A member of the University Honors Program, Zagorski received an Undergraduate Research Award to examine whether reflecting and writing about certain topics can help reduce the heart’s response to stress. Sarah Pressman, assistant professor of psychology, advised her research project.

Widely involved with campus activities, Zagorski is an undergraduate intern for KU’s Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis, the Alcohol Education Sanctions Program coordinator for KU’s Student Health Services and a former principal student investigator on an independent research project as part of a McNair Summer Research Internship. She was an undergraduate research assistant in the Language Acquisition Studies Laboratory. She also was elected to the Golden Key Honor Society and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology.

Off campus, she has served in the ProWorld Belize Program and an Alternative Spring Break in New York City, where she volunteered at homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

Each year, KU’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi awards a $1,500 fellowship for graduate education to a deserving initiate. The fellowship was created to honor the memory of James Blackiston, a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics and an instructor in the Intensive English Center, now the Applied English Center, at KU. Blackiston was active in the formation of the KU chapter in 1975. He died during the summer of 1975.

Phi Kappa Phi has about 300 chapters nationally, and each may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for society-wide awards. Phi Kappa Phi was established in 1897 to recognize academic excellence in all disciplines. Only the top 10 percent of seniors, the top 7.5 percent of last-term juniors and the top 10 percent of graduate students are invited to join.

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