Human Biology – Outstanding Senior 2022

Katelynn Petersen

Mukilteo, WA

Degrees and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology

Honor graduation status

  • Magna cum laude

Clubs, Organizations, Leadership, Service

  • Personal Relations Chair, Zoology Club
  • Member, WSU Raptor Club
  • Member, Circle K International
  • Bulletin Board Editor Chair, Circle K
  • Volunteer, WSU Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center
  • Volunteer, Blackbird Ranch

Internships & Employment

  • Medical Records Clerical Assistant, WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • Job Shadow at Northwest Veterinary Imaging
  • Violin Tutor

Honored Faculty and Mentors

  • Dr. Aaron Blackwell, Human Biology Program

Faculty Comments

Katelynn is a super-hard worker. She is diligent and has high expectations for herself. When Katelynn came to our advising meetings she was organized and asked good questions. She was self-directed and decided for herself which classes she wanted to take. With this kind of initiative and drive, I have no doubt that Katelynn was do great things in her life!” –Dena Spencer-Curtis, Advisor

Personal Statement

I want to thank all of my friends and family members who have supported me throughout these four years. Living six hours away from home is really hard, especially for the first time, but knowing that I had people who believed in me and were cheering me on kept me going.”

Future Plans

After a couple of gap years while she gets some more experience in a job, she will apply to veterinary school, hoping to study further at WSU.