Next month, psychology major Deanna Nicholas will graduate with honors from UAH. It's a milestone anyone would be proud of, but for Nichols, it takes on an even greater significance given the many obstacles she has faced along the way. So it was with great excitement – and more than a little nervousness – that Nicholas presented her Honors thesis entitled Poverty, Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Homicide in the U.S. to a rapt audience at this past week's Honors Lecture Series. As for what's next for the West Palm Beach, Fla., native, Nicholas says she's already applying to graduate schools to earn her master's in social work. And if past performance is any indicator, there's no doubt she'll soon be helping other women like her realize their own amazing achievements.