Mary Aldugom
2021 First-Gen at Iowa Award Recipient

First-Generation Student Achievement Award

Mary Aldugom is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department at The University of Iowa. She is a graduate student in the Communication, Cognition, and Learning Lab, where she examines how manipulations to instructional design can enhance mathematical learning in children and adults. Mary is a Chicago native and she completed her undergraduate work at North Park University. As an undergraduate, she was the president of the Psychology Club, the president of the Middle Eastern Student Association, and the Psychology department TA. At Iowa, She co-founded and co-directs Our Collective Brains, an organization in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience that supports first-generation and underrepresented minority students. She was born to immigrant parents, and she is a first-generation American, college student, and graduate student.

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