Becca Gadiel ’22 chosen as Lincoln laureate

Knox College student Becca Gadiel ’22 has been named the 2021-2022 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Fellow, an honor that recognizes outstanding graduate students in Illinois. Gadiel, originally from New Buffalo, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, is majoring in psychology and a minor in philosophy and social services.

In first year, she won the Proctor Fenn Sherwin Award, which recognizes the best article written in first year preceptorship courses. She had the opportunity to participate in ASSET (Artists, Scholars, Scientists, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow) with her research project in psychology, “The role of introspection in unjust experiences”. Gadiel was also selected to join Psi-Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s most prestigious academic honors society. The Phi Beta Kappa is usually only for seniors, but Gadiel was one of four Knox juniors to be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa last year.

On campus, Gadiel volunteers as a Dare to Care peer educator. She is also President of the Jewish Club, Counseling Peer Educator and Associate of KnoxCorps. She is co-author of a manuscript on the identity of the substance user entitled “Perception of self-adjustment by the substance user increases identification as a substance user”. The manuscript is from his lab group with Associate Professor of Psychology Andy Hertel and is currently being reviewed in a major journal. As a KnoxCorps Associate, she spent a year working for the YMCA and is entering her second year with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of West Central Illinois.

Gadiel plans to pursue his Masters in Social Work after graduating from Knox and intends to focus on crisis work or work in a community center. She hopes everyone who needs it will feel more comfortable getting help and understand the importance of taking care of her mental health.

Lincoln Academy annually welcomes one senior from each four-year college and university in Illinois, and one student from state community colleges. In addition to nominating award-winning students, Lincoln Academy honors distinguished citizens by presenting them with the state’s highest honor, the Order of Lincoln.


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