Outstanding Graduating Student: Grace Catello


Each semester, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognizes some of their most outstanding graduating students. Honors College Spring 2024 graduate Grace Catello was nominated by the Psychology department for her academic achievements and contributions.

Student in front of a body of water at sunset

What was the most impactful class you took in your major? 

The most impactful class I took in psychology was Industrial-Organizational Psychology (333). This was the first time that I have ever been exposed to and learned about I-O Psychology. This course sparked my passion for I-O, which changed my academic path and interests in the most exhilarating way

What activities were you involved in during your time at Mason that impacted you? 

I was a part of the Honors Psychology Program, which included the completion of a research thesis over 3 semesters. I was also a part of the Women’s Club Lacrosse team. Both experiences were exceptionally rewarding in terms of what I accomplished. I also developed amazing friendships with the peers and greatly enjoyed being a part of these two communities.

What is your most memorable “Mason moment?” 

My most memorable moment at Mason was presenting my research proposal at the Honors College Winter Research Exhibition (2023). This was extremely memorable to me because it was my first time being in a research-centered environment surrounded by other passionate students, which encouraged my love and appreciation for research.

As you are reflecting on your time at Mason, what is one piece of advice you would give a student who is just starting off on their Mason journey?

I would suggest students to get involved. No matter what that be (organizations, clubs, programs, internships, research, etc.), exploring and taking advantage of what Mason has to offer can completely change and benefit your college experience.

What is your next step after graduation? What are your future plans?

I will be attending graduate school at George Mason starting in the fall as part of the Master's program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.