CAPSTONE ADVISOR OF THE YEAR, 2014-2015
Dr. Pauline Maki
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, UIC College of Medicine
Director of Women’s Mental Health Research
Dr. Maki is the first recipient of this new award, which recognizes an Honors College Capstone advisor for their outstanding mentorship of Honors College students’ research.
Dr. Maki received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota and has been devoted to the mission of UIC since 2002. Passionate about women’s mental and cognitive health, Dr. Maki investigates sex differences in cognitive and psychiatric disorders.
As a Capstone advisor, she enjoys mentoring students as they conduct independent projects after she and the student work together to identify a project tailored to the student’s goals and passions. To further their research experience, Dr. Maki also encourages her students to present at the UIC Student Research Forum and other nationally recognized conferences. Currently, several Honors students work in her laboratory, forming a “community of scholars with very similar missions.” In fact, she has even published papers with former Honors College students and still mentors them even after they graduate.
In addition to serving as a Faculty Fellow and Capstone Advisor, Dr. Maki is also involved in the Honors College in other ways. She taught a subunit of HON 201: Foundations for the Future and is currently working on developing a closer pipeline between the Honors College and the UIC College of Medicine so that students have more information regarding the M.D./Ph.D. program.
As advice to Honors students, Dr. Maki recommends that students constantly monitor their interests and have a sense of grit. The Capstone Advisor of the Year award has meant a great deal to Dr. Maki, especially since it was chosen by the Honors College student body. A recent Honors College alumnus expressed, “Dr. Maki has inspired me to continue to do research throughout medical school, and her lessons will help me throughout my career.”