The PBS Graduate Studies Committee has selected Cierra Abellera and Trisha Dehrone, graduate students in social psychology, to receive 2019 Edna M. Dahlquist Scholarships.
Cierra Abellera is a member of the Family Relationships, Affective Science, and Minority Health (FAM) Lab working with Dr. Evelyn Mercado broadly on psychophysiological responses to stress among minority populations. She is particularly interested in resilience among refugee populations and how host-community attitudes and cultural values influence that resilience.
Trisha Dehrone’s research interests center around intergroup relations, prejudice reduction, and conflict associated with social justice efforts. She is specifically interested in understanding how positive contact can enhance white’s psychological investment in racial equality (empathy, humanizing outgroups, etc.) and testing strategies to eliminate the barriers to this investment (dehumanization, negative contact). She is also interested in understanding the factors that make bystanders more likely to intervene against discrimination and violence (i.e., hate crimes, genocide). Dehrone is working with Dr. Linda Tropp in the Intergroup Relations and Social Justice Lab.
The Dahlquist Scholarship, offered annually, provides financial support for one or more graduate students in PBS. The scholarship rewards the unique challenges and hardships that a student overcame to enroll in their graduate program, providing $2,000 per student to complement other sources of funding (e.g., assistantships, fellowships). These funds may be used to support research and/or help with general living costs.