2014 AAE Award Winner Rachael Sandhagen-Turner

Rachael Sandhagen-Turner

Rachel is from Gunnison, an Honors student double majoring in Psychology and Sociology.


As a sophomore, Rachael pledged to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society for Psychology, and was immediately asked to serve as the group's secretary. After two years of in that role, she was elected chapter president. In that role, she helped book trips to the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference, helped with Active Minds events, worked with the Student Government Association and helped fundraise. Rachael also found time to tutor at Gunnison Middle school and has been a senior Partner for two years for the local youth mentoring organization, which serves at-risk adolescent children. Rachael also worked at the campus library, taking an interest in restoring historical books. This led her to learn the art of bookbinding and write her Honors thesis on the process. A member of Western's Honors program, Rachael maintained a 3.8 GPA. This fall, she will begin studies toward her master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology at the University of Washington.