Lace Padilla

Ph.D. Canidate | Cognitive Neural Science
17/18 NSF STEM Ambassador Graduate Fellow

Full Name

Lace M. K. Padilla

Education

MFA, MA, MS, Ph.D. candidate

Institution

University of Utah

Currently

Ph.D. Canidate | Cognitive Neural Science

Biography

I am a graduate student in Cognitive Neural Science at the University of Utah. I work in an interdisciplinary Visual Perception and Spatial Cognition research group ran by Sarah H. Creem-Regehr, Jeanine K. Stefanucci and William B. Thompson.

My research focuses on visual perception and includes decision-making influenced by visualizations and spatial cognition of underrepresented populations. I work collaboratively with visualization scientists, geographers, and anthropologists.

In my spare time, I am a strong advocate for minorities in STEM. The National Science Foundation appointed me as their 2017/2018 STEM ambassador for my outreach work with underrepresented students in STEM. I founded the Diversity Graduate School Application Advisory, which helps underrepresented undergraduate students—specifically female, minority, LGBTQ, non-US citizens, and differently-abled students—apply for graduate school. For my diversity in STEM work, I have received the Martin Harris Hiatt Memorial Graduate Fellowship, for Underrepresented Populations and the Clayton Fellowship, for Excellence In Research with Underrepresented Populations.

Education

Master of Science

University of Utah
2015

Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

UCSB
2015

International Spatial Cognition Summer Institute

UCSB
2013

Master of Fine Art

University of Utah
2013

Honors and Awards

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2004

University of Utah Graduate Research Fellowship

$24,000

ETS Summer Pre-Doctoral Research Internship, Princeton:

$7,000

Martin Harris Hiatt Memorial Graduate Fellowship:

$6,750

Gordon Conference on Visualization in Science and Education travel award

$845

Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, Visualization in Science & Education

$600

Best Poster Award, CSBS Research Day

$500

University of Utah Psychology All-Around Commendation (research, mentorship, and service)

$500

Diversity in Advising ASUU Award, University of Utah

$800

Graduate Travel Award, University of Utah

$800

University of Utah Psychology Professional Development Award

$500

Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience Fellowship

$1,200

Graduate Travel Award, University of Utah

$800

University of Utah Psychology Commendation in Research

$500

Martin Harris Hiatt Memorial Graduate Fellowship, For Underrepresented Populations

$6,750

Clayton Award For Excellence In Research with Underrepresented Populations

$2,000

Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Travel Award

$1,500

Graduate Travel Award, University of Utah

$800

Graduate Travel Award, University of Utah

$800

Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Art and Art History Department University of Utah

$9,620

Multimedia Merit Grant, Pacific Northwest College of Art

$4,000