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Acceptance Speech

Publication Date

9-26-2009

Bio

Pooja K. Agarwal has contributed a significant amount of time, talent and treasure to IMSA as an alumna. Following graduation, Agarwal became actively involved in the IMSA Alumni Association and served as an at-large cabinet member for three years. She volunteered as an Intersession facilitator from 2004-2007 and assisted as the alumni liaison in 2006, recruiting alumni and organizing appreciation activities. Agarwal’s efforts helped to build the foundation for alumni volunteerism in Intersession, which reached record-high alumni participation in 2009. Since 2001, she has also been actively involved in the IMSA Kids Institute (KI) program as a teacher and member of the KI Alumni Advisory Committee. In addition, Agarwal coordinated a highly successful five-year reunion for her class and co-coordinated an alumni regional event in St. Louis. She served as a class agent for two years in support of the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education and serves as a member of the IMSA President’s Alumni Advisory Committee (IPAAC). Agarwal is currently studying toward a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She also serves as research coordinator for a grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, conducting learning and memory research at a middle school in Columbia, IL. She is a proud recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for her leadership and commitment to public service and is the vice president of the Truman Scholars Association.

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