Named for the first dean of women at UT, the Angie Warren Perkins Award honors outstanding leadership in campus governance or administration at the level of department head, director, or below.
Kalynn Schulz, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, works to make the process of scientific discovery tangible for students in both the laboratory and the classroom. In her research program, funded through the National Institutes of Health, she works to create a collaborative and fun research environment for students. She currently mentors two PhD students,10 undergraduate research assistants, and a lab manager. Schulz encourages novel ideas and discovery by challenging students to conduct independent research within a supportive lab environment. Her students regularly present their work at local, regional, and national conferences, and several have successfully competed for research funding. She is committed to fostering diversity in the sciences, actively recruiting from historically underrepresented groups to bring diverse perspectives to her laboratory, and she has served for the past three years on the department’s Diversity Council. Schulz also enjoys teaching an undergraduate-level Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience course.
What does this award mean to you?
It is a wonderful honor to receive the Angie Warren Perkins Award. I am very fortunate to be part of an academic community that supports and encourages early-stage female scholars. In keeping with the spirit of the Angie Warren Perkins Award, I am also so grateful for the mentorship I’ve received from inspiring female scientists throughout my academic career. My own research and mentorship style is modeled after these scientists, and I hope to have a similarly positive influence on my students’ future career trajectories.