Program Award Winner: Yue Cao

Each year, faculty in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) come together to select an outstanding student in their program to receive the honor of being named as their program award winner. Students selected for this award embody the very best of their program: they excel in their studies; they demonstrate leadership in classes and internships; and they have a genuine and tenacious passion for their discipline.

This year, faculty in the Educational Psychology program have selected Yue Cao as the Outstanding Student in Educational Psychology (Learning, Cognition, and Motivation). Congratulations, Yue!


Q & A with Outstanding Student in Educational Psychology (Learning, Cognition, and Motivation), Yue Cao:

What academic accomplishment are most proud of?  

Receiving the Program Award would be my proudest academic accomplishment, because it is the best representation of my hard work and dedication towards my degree. 

What organizations/affiliations have you been involved with while at Mason?  

I have participated in several events held by the OIPS office; specifically, I volunteered for the Fall 2019 international student orientation.  

What are your plans after graduation? 

My plan after graduation is to obtain a teaching certificate for secondary education and start an internship in secondary schools. 

What is your favorite memory in CEHD or your favorite part of being a CEHD student?  

My favorite part of being a CEHD student was being able to develop a close relationship with my professors and fellow classmates. They are very supportive of my learning and always ready to help and accommodate my academic needs inside and outside the classroom.  

What advice do you have for fellow CEHD students (especially those that are not graduating yet)?   

My best advice for fellow CEHD students is that don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors and advisors for any academic and professional development concerns, because they are able to provide great advice and ample resources to help you move to the next level.  

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?  

In my spare time, I enjoy reading novels and watching different genres of documentaries. Apart from being a teacher, my dream job growing up was to become a freelance writer