Nicole Nosrat, social sciences honors student, is the recipient of the 2012 Alice B. Macy Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award. Awarded by the School of Social Sciences, the honor recognizes Nosrat for her research on the influence of domestic violence on biological, psychological, and social aspects of a child’s well-being. The award carries a $300 prize.

Nosrat is a senior at UCI and an Orange County native. Her thesis examines the immigration and acculturation process of older Bahá’í Iranian women living in America. She is also working on a research project with Karen Wu, psychology and social behavior graduate student, to better understand the role of culture and the self in young adult romantic relationships.  

As a Santa Ana College transfer student, Nosrat received the Laurel Wilkening Scholarship from 2009-11 to help fund her studies at UCI. In 2010, she was a Student Achievement Guided by Experience (SAGE) scholar, a life coach for UC Irvine’s Counseling Center COACH Program, and a peer education campus outreach coordinator for Security on Campus, Inc.

She currently works as a hotline relief counselor for the Human Options Shelter for Battered Women and will be pursuing her master’s in social work at the University of Southern California in the fall. She hopes to become a licensed clinical social worker and focus on the treatment of mental health.

-Heather Wuebker, Social Sciences Communications

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