Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Lizeth Bañuelos! Lizeth, currently attending Arizona State University’s Master of Counseling Program, was nominated by her advisor to receive the Graduate College University Grant (GCUC). Lizeth was selected as a recipient for the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.
When I heard this news, it truly felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.
Lizeth Bañuelos graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2021 with a major in Applied Developmental Psychology and two minors, one in Race and Culture Studies, the other in Chicana/o/x Studies. Her research interests surround the psychology of the Latinx community and discovering best practices for serving underserved populations. Lizeth completed an EWU McNair Summer Research Institute in the summer of 2020 under the mentorship of Dr. Aryn Ziehnert, Lecturer in the EWU Psychology Department. For this she focused on Latinx college students and their mental health in higher education institutions. She went on to collaborate with Dra. Christina Torres García in coordination with the Pell Institute and the Council for Opportunity in Education, to research first-generation, low-income students’ challenges and obstacles during the COVID-19 and how this affects their college aspirations.
Lizeth was accepted into the M.S. in Counseling Psychology Program at California State University Bakersfield, the Masters of Art in Counseling Program at City University, and Master of Counseling Program at Arizona State University, where she is now studying.