John is a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Psychology program at CU where he researches self-control, persistence, and executive functioning. As the UGGS Social Chair, he enjoys the opportunity to connect CU graduate students and promote the much needed social network. When he is able to escape his lab and office, John enjoys skiing and playing with dogs and the local dog park.
Megan Hurson is a first year PhD student in the Journalism and Mass Communication media studies program. She received her Master's from Temple University in Mass Communication and an undergraduate degree in Communication from Penn State University. Her research focuses on hegemonic power struggles of subcultures and their identity maintenance within mainstream media. If you have a dog, please let her know as she will be happy to endlessly pet its dog face.
Laura is a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Psychology program. She works in a developmental lab, which means her research involves playing with preschoolers all day. She has been working with UGGS since her first semester at CU, and loves connecting with fellow graduate students and administrators. When not in the lab or the UGGS office, favorite hobbies include trail jogging with her two yellow labs, snowboarding, and adult recreational kickball.
Kate is a PhD Candidate in the School of Education's Research and Evaluation Methodology program. She graduated from St. John's College with a double major in Philosophy and History of Mathematics & Science before moving to Japan to teach English and work with organizations focused on internationalization and community involvement. Kate enjoys travel, Thai noodles, beaches, and traveling to Thailand to eat noodles on beaches.
Evidence would also suggest that she occasionally hugs redwoods.
I am a fifth year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I work with Dr. Rebecca Safran studying the evolution of ornamental coloration in birds. Specifically, I am exploring the heritability and underlying genetic basis of melanin-based color in barn swallows, which basically means I spend my summers chasing birds all over the front range and my winters at a lab bench waiting for the next UGGS social event! I have been involved with UGGS since 2008 and have served as treasurer/VP finance for three years before being elected as President.