SOUTHERN UNDERGRADUATE REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE'S MESSAGE
Hotep! I am Lauren Birks and I am originally from Dallas, Texas. I am entering my 5th and last year at the University of Texas at Austin as a Psychology major and African and African Diaspora Studies minor. I am staying an extra year to complete my research project through the McNair Scholars Program and my teacher certification in middle grades math through the UTeach Program. My research project is assessing the impact ethnicity-specific/academic-professional student organizations, such as ABPsi, have on students adjust to college and career development. I am currently in the process of researching graduate schools with the intent of applying this upcoming fall. Several of the schools that I am looking into are affiliated with the Peace Corps and clinical training to work with families and children.
I have been a member of ABPsi since 2009, in which I have been very involved in the UT Austin Student Circle. This will be my second term as the 2012-2013 Southern Undergraduate Representative. I am really looking forward to being on the National Student Board again and reaching out to fellow students in the Southern region.