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Hannah Kaebnick: SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winner

Psychology and sociology double major Hannah Kaebnick is one of two who earned the honors.

SUNY Chancellor John King, Hannah Kaebnick (holding a certificate), and Rudolf Gaudio, Director of Natural and Social Sciences

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students for outstanding achievements that have demonstrated the integration of SUNY excellence within many aspects of their lives in areas such as academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, or the arts. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the University.

Hannah Kaebnick

Hannah Kaebnick ’23 is a double major in Psychology and Sociology with a 4.12 GPA. An exceptional student and campus leader invested in her community and education, she has served as a learning assistant, a lab manager in a faculty-sponsored research project, peer tutor, founder and president of the Outdoor Club (which now has 114 members), treasurer of the Psychology Club. She is active in Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

As a double major, Kaebnick decided to complete her senior project in Sociology, but also wanted a quantitative data experience. Interested in Assistant Professor of Psychology Rebecca Peretz-Lange’s research, she asked to be part of the professor’s lab over the summer.

“It was such a great experience that I continued throughout the fall semester, working to collect, analyze, and ultimately present our data at a social psychology conference in February.”

Kaebnick was an Admissions Ambassador for the college and off-campus, she volunteers through NewYork–Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, where she assisted staff and supported patients in the Adolescent Unit. 

Next fall, Kaebnick will attend Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, joining the MPH Epidemiology program with a concentration in Population Mental Health.

“I love research – to me, research is a tool with which to study public health issues and ultimately enact positive change. That’s what I want to do!”

What does the senior love most about Purchase?

“100% the people and the things I’ve learned. I’ve met such great friends here, and loved basically every class I’ve taken,” she says. “The professors at Purchase truly care about you as a person and a student. I’ve felt so supported.”

We also congratulate Sonia Seth ’23, the second Chancellor’s Award winner.