Ph.D. Student Lauren Ortosky awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 04, 2018

Congratulations to social psychology graduate student Lauren Ortosky, who is the recipient of a National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Lauren is one of 2000 award winners in 2018, who received a three-year fellowship to pursue her research. Lauren, who earned her BA in International Studies at the University of Chicago, is a second year PhD student in the social psychology area, working with advisor David Sherman. She describes her research interests: “I study the role of the self in intergroup conflict, and the circumstances under which one might prefer disorder over stability. Carrying a background in International Relations to my study of Social Psychology, my research attempts to holistically explore the many factors influencing the establishment and entrenchment of group polarization that may lead to violence.”