Awards

2017–18 Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Association are proud to announce the 2017–18 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University

The All-University Scholars for 2017–18

Doctoral Level

  • Hazim Alzubaidi, Chemistry
  • Sean English, Mathematics
  • Anita Li, Psychology
  • Majdi Maabreh, Computer Science
  • Peggy McNeal, Mallinson Institute for Science Education
  • Hossein Mohammadi, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Elizabeth Palmer, Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Rebecca Straple, English

Master's Level

  • Carolyn Borcherding, Music
  • Christel Ciolino, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
  • Henry Goble, Communication
  • Cody Greene, English
  • Rachel Maceri, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Mariam Mustafa, Comparative Religion

The Department Scholars for 2017–18

Doctoral Level

  • Abubkr Abuhagr, Chemistry
  • Nouf Almutairil, Special Education and Literacy Studies
  • Justin Arnold, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Ariel Berry, English
  • Sean English, Mathematics
  • Julia Ftacek, English
  • Douglas Greer, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Mohammed Hussain, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Anita Li, Psychology
  • George Lluberes, Political Science
  • Alexander Luck, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Majdi Maabreh, Computer Science
  • Robert Makin, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tristan McBain, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Hossein Mohammadi, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Mary Ochieng, Mathematics
  • Frank Ofori-Acheampong, Economics
  • Elizabeth Palmer, Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Sandra Raak, Spanish
  • Kristin Roberts, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Natasha Schiller, Biological Sciences
  • Sanela Sprecic, Special Education and Literacy Studies
  • Fehime Utkan, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Herlik Wibowo, Physics
  • Angela Willson-Conrad, Mallinson Institute for Science Education
  • Kristen Witzel, Sociology
  • Qi Zhang, Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology

Master's Level

  • Ireland Atkinson, English
  • Derek Benson, History
  • Kathryn Bishop, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
  • Carolyn Borcherding, Music
  • Christel Ciolino, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Brittani Decess, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Nicole Elder, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Henry Goble, Communication
  • Cody Greene, English
  • Vageesha Gunawardana, Chemistry
  • Caroline Kerney, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
  • Samantha Lemmer, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Kayla Lindeman, Frostic School of Art
  • Rachel Maceri, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Lauren Mingo, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Mariam Mustafa, Comparative Religion
  • Piyush Pokharna, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Enrique Rodriguez Sanchez, Spanish
  • Sam Roodbar, Geography
  • Kelly Ruder, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Beth Ruhlman, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
  • Benjamin Seiderman, Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Jamie Smith, Biological Sciences
  • Tamara Toutant, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Tyler Wall, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Krystal York, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Qingyi Zhang, Family and Consumer Sciences

 

2017-18 Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Association are proud to announce the 2017–18 recipients of the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards at Western Michigan University

The All-University Graduate Teachers for 2017–18

Doctoral Level

  • Brian Dietz, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Rebecca Kolb, Psychology
  • Brian Lunn, Sociology
  • Joan Martinez, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Keli Masten, English
  • Jennifer O'Brien, Mathematics
  • Hannah Pankratz, Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • NaTasha Schiller, Biological Sciences
  • Allison Witucki, Mallinson Institute for Science Education

Master's Level

  • Jessica Doster, English
  • Jonathan Hochmuth, Psychology
  • John Leonard, Music
  • Darcy Sturges, English

The Department Graduate Teachers for 2017–18

Doctoral Level

  • Barbara Agens, Mallinson Institute for Science Education
  • Hazim Alzubaidi, Chemistry
  • Taylor Birkholz, Biological Sciences
  • Michael Bischak, Physics
  • Kathleen Bolter, Political Science
  • Aqeed Chyad, Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Dynetta Clark, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Brian Dietz, Educational Leadership, Research & Technology
  • Alba Fernandez, Spanish
  • Martha Golubski, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Claire Herhold, History
  • Rebecca Kolb, Psychology
  • Brian Lunn, Sociology
  • Joan Martinez, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Megan Michalczak, Special Education and Literacy Studies
  • Jennifer O'Brien, Mathematics
  • Frank Ofori-Acheampong, Economics
  • Sara Olivares, English
  • Hannah Pankratz, Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Zahra Salemi Najafabadi, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Laura Tinigin, Mallinson Institute for Science Education
  • Juan Villanueva Ramirez, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Lacey Wolfer, English

Master's Level

  • Trenton Benedict, Geography
  • Charlie Bouverette, Comparative Religion
  • Jessica Cheung, Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Kevin Coulter, Mathematics
  • Jessica Doster, English
  • Kendra Flournoy, English
  • Lydia Gildea, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Jia Guo, Computer Science
  • Jonathan Hochmuth, Psychology
  • Karolina Jevaltaite, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Sydne Johnson, History
  • Christy Kalata, Biological Sciences
  • Angela Kennedy, Biological Sciences
  • Emily Kerul, Spanish
  • Margaret Kieckhafer, Music
  • Erin Kishman, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Samantha Lemmer, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Abby Leonard, Bronson School of Nursing
  • John Leonard, Music
  • Nicholas Moleski, Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • Prajna Paramita, Manufacturing Engineering
  • Christoper Proctor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Zachary Reinke, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Marina Thelen, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Emile Van Meter, Chemistry

 

January 2018 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards

The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the January 2018 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.

The Research Grant Recipients for January 2018

  • Bilal Alhawamdeh, Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Miriam Carroll-Alfano, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Mehdi Mohammadi, Computer Science
  • Elizabeth Palmer, Geosciences
  • Joanna Sblendorio, Biological Sciences

The Travel Grant Recipients for January 2018

  • Basil Ahmed, Chemistry
  • Hussein Al-Moukhles, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Taylor Birkholz, Biological Sciences
  • Rebecca Blok, Medieval Institute
  • Carolyn Borcherding, Music
  • Melissa Brown, Anthropology
  • Elise Drager, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Yu Du, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Yngvi Einarsson, Psychology
  • Jonathan Eiseman, Biological Sciences
  • Alba Fernández, Spanish
  • Lisa Garcia, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Kayla Jenssen, Psychology
  • Alexander Luck, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Steffany Maher, English
  • Jonathan Miceli, Psychology
  • Danielle Molenaar, Geography
  • FNU Nurjannah, Interdisciplinary Health Programs
  • Drake Olejniczak, Mathematics
  • Jacob Schipper, Psychology
  • Emily Sprague, Biological Sciences
  • Allison Spring, Biological Sciences
  • Kirsten Welch, Philosophy
  • Herlik Wibowo, Physics
  • Huang Wu, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

 

September 2017 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant award recipients announced

The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the September 2017 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.

The Research Grant Recipients for September 2017

  • Gabriel Alves, Biological Sciences
  • Anel Arias, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Arnesh Bose, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dale Brown, Philosophy
  • Trent Bullock, Psychology
  • Shelby Hurst, Geosciences
  • Angela Kennedy-Mendez, Biological Sciences
  • Krysta Schoenecker, Geography
  • David Sottile, Psychology
  • Vikram Turkani, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Xingzhe Zhang, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Travel Grant Recipients for September 2017

  • Hazim Al-Zubaidi, Chemistry
  • Dweepobotee Brahma, Economics
  • Niluka Dissanayake, Chemistry
  • Sean English, Mathematics
  • Katie Gaviglio, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Kate Hibbard-Gibbons, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Yi-chin Huang, English
  • Julia Huston, Psychology
  • Brian Molina, Psychology
  • Rakel Osentoski, Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Vanessa Pinto, Occupational Therapy
  • Arz Qwam Alden, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Alejandro Ramos, Psychology
  • Tahseen Saeed, Chemistry
  • Viola Sawyer, Sociology
  • Susanne Var, Biological Sciences
  • Garrett Warrilow, Psychology
  • Tai-Hsien Wu, Chemical and Paper Engineering

The Eleventh Annual Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day Award Recipients

The eleventh annual Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day was held April 13, 2017. Around 200 students, faculty, and staff attended this celebration of the research and creative works done by WMU graduate students. There were 48 poster presentations representing 19 departments from across the University. The 33 faculty judges had the difficult task of scoring the presentations. Seventeen students, listed below, were awarded a monetary prize for their outstanding poster presentations. Congratulations!

  • Ama Agyeiwaa Abrokwah, Economics
  • Ahmed Sulaiman M Alharbi, Computer Science
  • Hasnaa Imad Al-Shaikhli, Computer Science
  • Ruth Bates-Hill, Public Affairs and Administration
  • Andrew Phillip Keller Bentley, Science Education
  • Ryan P. Castillo, Sociology
  • Cynthia Anne Cooley-Themm, Biological Sciences
  • Ryan Filbin, Geography
  • Katie Gaviglio, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Erin Grabarczyk, Biological Sciences
  • Jagjit Kaur, Physics
  • Megan Kuk, Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management
  • Robert Makin, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Daniel Abraham Mengistu, Economics
  • Frank Ofori, Economics
  • Lusanni Acosta Rodriguez, Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Qi Zhang, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

 

Dissertation Completion Fellowships Announced

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that three WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2017–18 academic year. The 2017–18 Dissertation Completion Fellowship recipients are as follows:

Steffany Comfort Maher – Department of English
Steffany Comfort Maher will receive a full-year fellowship for her dissertation titled, A Critical Inquiry Approach to Teaching Young Adult Literature. Dr. Allen Webb, Steffany’s dissertation advisor, writes that Steffany is “one of the finest doctoral students I have worked with in my 25 years at WMU,” and he concludes that her research will make critical contributions to the field of English education. The dissertation concerns pedagogical approaches to teaching literature to young adults and will take the form of a book that English teachers can purchase and that also can be used as a text book for courses that prepare students for the classroom or that can be incorporated into courses for the continuing professional. According to Dr. Webb, there are professional books about teaching literature to young adults; however, these books lack the foundation of classroom research. Steffany’s textbook for preservice teachers will draw upon an inquiry approach and will also utilize new research in critical youth studies, as well as draw upon secondary classroom settings: thus, the dissertation, and the resulting book, will coalesce in these three important intersections. Steffany is a certified secondary English teacher, with 12 years of experience in middle and high school classrooms; four years of teaching at the college level; and expertise in qualitative and classroom research. She is the recipient of several department level and Graduate College travel grants to present her work at national conferences.

Bilge N. Altay – Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering
Bilge Altay will receive a full-year fellowship for her dissertation titled Development and Characterization of Nano Nickel-based Conductive Inks for the Flexo Printing of Printed Electronic Devices. Her dissertation advisor, Dr. Paul Fleming, writes that she is an “outstanding student who has already made significant accomplishments in research.” Bilge’s research is partially supported by the Rossini Scholarship from the Flexographic Technical Association. Her work involves “the study of nickel, an abundant metal with high electrical conductivity. Less expensive than silver and gold, its magnetic properties open up a new class of printed electronic devices, including wireless power, electromagnetic sensors, proximity sensors and micro magnetic field sources,” writes Dr. Fleming. Her work will contribute to the quickly growing technology of Printed Electronics. Bilge is the author or co-author of 14 peer-reviewed articles and has presented her work at both national and international conference venues. She has varied professional experiences and has worked as a research associate on an NSF-funded project, as well as taught within laboratory and classroom settings. She also taught printing for the Department of Printing and Publication Technologies at Kadir Has University in Istanbul, and in the Graphic Communications Department at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA. She is an active member of the Graduate Student Association and has served as a Graduate College Graduate Ambassador.

Jason Vanfosson – Department of English
Jason Vanfossen will receive a full-year fellowship to complete his dissertation titled Boys On the Road: Childhood Geographies and (Auto) Mobility in Young Adult Road Novels. Dr. Gwen Tarbox, Jason’s dissertation advisor, writes that this work “advances scholarship in the fields of children’s literature, LGBTQ studies, and disability studies.” The study works from the essential concept that the North American road trip has historically served as a rite of passage, primarily for young, white cisgender men. Jason “identifies the characteristics of literary fiction that celebrate life on the road in texts such as Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and then considers how those characteristics have altered when they appear in contemporary novels written for young people and focused on members of underrepresented groups,” writes Dr. Tarbox. Jason is considered one of the finest teachers in the Department of English and recently was awarded the Edward Galligan Scholarship, a prestigious award given to the student who displays the most promise as a scholar working on American authors. Moreover, he is the 2017 recipient of the Gwen Raaberg Excellence in Teaching Award. His reputation has soared beyond the Department of English and beyond WMU. Jason’s road trip narrative has garnered the attention of executives at PBS, and, after a nationwide search, Jason and two other Ph.D. candidates will travel across the United States in May 2017, interviewing other Ph.D. holders who are doing innovative work in their respective fields. The documentary will air in Fall 2017, and according to Dr. Tarbox, will “bring welcome recognition to him and to Western Michigan University.”

 

2017 Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award Announced

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that two WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of the Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award for the 2017–18 academic year. The Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Awards are funded generously from Dr. Donald Thompson, former WMU vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. Awards are given to assist recipients in all fields of study with expenses associated with the dissertation. The 2017–18 Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award recipients:

Peggy Mansfield McNeal - Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Peggy Mansfield McNeal will receive the Patricial L. Thompson Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled, Cognitive Processing in Atmospheric Science: An Investigation of the Forecasting Process. Her dissertation advisor, Dr. Heather Petcovic, writes that Peggy has distinguished herself as an evolutionary researcher, not only within the Mallinson Institute, but also more broadly, in the field of earth science education. Peggy’s research “involves an interdisciplinary approach that blends cognitive science with atmospheric science education and explores the role of discrete intelligence abilities, knowledge, and expertise in weather forecasting.” At the present time, there are no best practices in place to teach weather forecasting to undergraduate students because, as Dr. Petcovic states, “we simply do not know what types of cognitive abilities are involved, or which abilities are more critical than others.” Peggy’s research is of special significance, for the act of predicting weather can help forecasters to warn populations of imminent danger. The primary purpose of her research is to impart an understanding of five discrete intelligence abilities on weather forecasting skill and to characterize the interplay between them. Peggy will also develop a qualitative process model that describes how individuals solve weather forecast problems. An awardee of the Joseph P. Stoltman Endowed Scholarship, Peggy is also the recipient of a Graduate Student Travel Grant, sponsored by the Graduate College. She has presented her work at the WMU Research and Creative Activities Poster and Performance Day, and at professional conferences.

Rebecca Straple – Department of English
Rebecca Straple will receive the Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled, Movement and Meaning in Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature. Her dissertation advisor, Dr. Jana Schulman, writes that Rebecca’s research is “noteworthy” and that it will contribute to the “scholarship of Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse-Icelandic literature because of her interdisciplinary approach and application of kinesics [the study of bodily movement] to these literatures.” Rebecca’s excellence was recognized in the award of a prestigious grant to attend the 2017 Humanities Without Walls PreDoctoral Workshop. In addition, she has participated in eight conferences and also organized panels at the WMU International Congress on Medieval Studies. Moreover, she is the recipient of a Graduate College Graduate Student Travel Grant to present a paper at Leeds. Convinced of Rebecca’s organizational skills and exemplary work ethic, Dr. Schulman chose Rebecca to assist her in the administration of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute grant. As part of this experience, Rebecca wrote a book chapter on digital resources for teaching Beowulf. Working within an established gap in the scholarship – one that recognizes that descriptions of bodily movements are less common in early medieval literature than in later medieval literature, Rebecca works within a broader definition of movement than that used in previous studies of gesture and movement in early medieval literature. She is currently conducting a comparative study of how and when bodily movement is depicted in Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic literature and then analyzes the possible communicative, symbolic, literary, social or cultural meanings of those movements.

 

March 2017 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that three WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships for the 2017–18 academic year. The Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships are funded generously from an endowment made possible by the late poet, artist, and naturalist, Gwen Frostic, a WMU alumna, Class of 1929. Awards are given to assist recipients with the completion of the doctoral dissertation in all disciplines. The 2017–18 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships recipients are as follows:

Basil Ahmed – Department of Chemistry
Basil M. Ahmed will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation titled, NANOJARS: Versatile Platform for the Discovery of Novel Reactivity, Properties and Selective Extraction of Anions. According to his advisor, Dr. Gellert Mezei, Basil’s research “ addresses the need for selective anion extraction agents for the efficient removal of harmful or toxic anions from industrial and agricultural wastes, contaminated lakes and rivers, and also of those anions that interfere with certain technological processes. “The research group to which Basil belongs has recently developed a new class of anion encapsulating agents, termed nanojars, which demonstrate a high affinity for various anions of interest, including highly toxic arsenate and chromate ions,” writes Dr. Mezei. Basil, a fifth year doctoral student, has published 10 journal articles in peer-reviewed journals, all of which have high impact factors, high citation indexes, and low acceptance rates. Basil is not only a researcher but also a teacher who has trained six undergraduate students, as well as two high school students in Dr. Mezei’s research laboratory. Dr. Mezei considers him a “fast learner and a very dedicated researcher,” who has become a “master of various synthesis and characterization/instrumentation techniques and has demonstrated an excellent work ethic.” Upon graduation, Basil will continue his research and explore possibilities as a tenure track professor, where he will lend his skills to the education and cultivation of future researchers.

Tai-Hsien Wu – Department of Paper and Chemical Engineering
Tai-Hsien Wu will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation research titled, A3D Simulation of Leukocyte Adhesion in Blood Flow. His advisor, Dr. Dewei Qi, writes that Tai-Hsien is a “talented and motivated researcher who has already made a solid contribution to academic research and whose exceptional work will inform multiple disciplines in ways that join scientific inquiry with humanitarian goals.” His current research will study the critical link of inflammation, as a disease-provoking agent, to such illnesses as cancer and cardio vascular disease. This work will establish three goals: 1. The creation of a highly realistic simulation approach, based on the integration of several numerical models for the phenomenon of WBC adhesion in blood flow; 2. The investigation of the fundamental mechanism of influences on the geometries and elasticity of vessel walls, and 3. The development of parallel computing implementations to accelerate the computing speed of the simulations. The research will bring forth a deeper understanding of the complex interactional dynamics among blood cells, blood flow, and vessel walls in the circulation system. As an evolving scholar, Tai-Hsien has a total of 5 manuscripts currently under review in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at 12 national and international conferences. His work will make exhilarating and significant contributions to the multidisciplinary fields of chemical engineering, computer science, and bio-engineering.

John Byczynski – Department of History
John Byczynski will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation research titled, Everyday Lives of Capitalism: Crow Wing County, Minnesota, 1750 – 1950. Dr. Eli Rubin, John’s dissertation advisor, describes John’s dissertation as written in the style of the longue duree, studying one place as it changes and evolves throughout multiple centuries of time, and derived from the French school of historical thought known as the Annales school in the 1930s – 50s. “This style stems from a reawakening across multiple disciplines of the importance of the environment, and the interaction between long term human processes… and ecological processes,” writes Dr. Rubin. John’s research will contribute to an understanding of the rural Midwest and the tide of capitalism as a gateway that leads to a cogent understanding from socio-political and economic perspectives, among others. Historians liken the Midwest to a “foreign country,” a place lost to historical inquiry – a dead zone in terms of the history of the United States. This research will use a case study approach to unmask the key components of capitalism, fur trade, railroads, the lumber industry, agriculture, mining, tourism, and place them into the context of one narrative that sheds light on the rural Midwest and, more importantly, the role of the rural Midwest within the context of the history of the United States and in the evolution of capitalism.

 

2016-17 Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Association are proud to announce the 2016–17 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University 

The All-University Scholars for 2016–17

Doctoral Level

  • Basil Ahmed, Chemistry
  • Elizabeth MacQuillan, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Neil Deochand, Psychology
  • Zeinab Ramshani, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master’s Level

  • Nicholas P. Cherup, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Alexandra C. Ferguson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Kevin E. Kerr, Music
  • Austin J. Beattie, Communication

The Department Scholars for 2016–17

Doctoral Level

  • Ama Agyeiwaa Abrokwah, Economics
  • Bilge Nazli Altay, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Hazim Al-Zubaidi, Chemistry
  • Stephanie R. Bobbitt, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Jialiang Chang, Computer Science
  • McKenna N. Corlis, Psychology
  • Neil Deochand, Psychology
  • Mustafa Kemal Emil, Geosciences
  • Anna Marie Fontaine, Special Education and Literacy Studies
  • Nizoramo Haitova, Educational Leadership Research and Technology
  • Ruiqi Huang, Biological Sciences
  • Jagjit Kaur, Physics
  • James R. MacDonald, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Elizabeth L. MacQuillan, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
  • Kara D. McGregor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Peggy Mansfield McNeal, Mallinson Institute for Science Education
  • Drake P. Olejniczak, Mathematics
  • Daniel J. Patten, Sociology
  • Ricky J. Pope, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Zeinab Ramshani, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Rebecca Straple, English
  • Dawid Tatarczyk, Political Science
  • Rachael E. Tilka, Psychology
  • Aimee Valentine, English
  • Mustafa Yildiz, Educational Leadership Research and Technology

Master’s Level

  • Baya Najat O H Aljubairi, Educational Leadership Research and Technology
  • Stephanie N. Barron, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
  • Austin J. Beattie, Communication
  • Charlie Bouverette, Comparative Religion
  • Abbie K .Brackman, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Ryan P. Castillo, Sociology
  • Margaret Daphne Cattenhead, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
  • Nicholas P. Cherup, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Haley R. Ferguson, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Alexandra C. Ferguson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Amy J. Gill, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Fadwa Hamad, Chemistry
  • Matthew A. Hemenway, Geosciences
  • Kevin E. Kerr, Music
  • Jeremy Killion, History
  • Dinesh Maddipatla, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Katherine L. Merren, Teaching, Learning and Educational Studies
  • Claire Robbins, English
  • Alberto Fernández Diego Rodriguez, Spanish
  • Hope E. Sholtis, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Samantha Leigh Theall, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Andrew Thomas, English
  • Andrew W. Verstraete, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Jacob A. Watkins, Geography
  • Ryan L. Wessendorf, Biological Science

2017 Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Association are proud to announce the 2016–17 recipients of the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards at Western Michigan University

The All-University Graduate Teachers for 2016–17

Doctoral Level

  • Cameron J. Manche, Geosciences
  • Robert A. Makin III, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Kristina Bailey, Political Science
  • Christopher D. Duchesneau, Mallinson Institute for Science Education
  • Shawn R. Brueshaber, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Master’s Level

  • Ryan Filbin, Geography
  • Margaret E. Baker, Communication
  • Kristina L. Riewaldt, Music
  • Jair C. Stout, Comparative Religion
  • Erin S. Lynch, Medieval Institute

The Department Graduate Teachers for 2016–17

Doctoral Level

  • Jerico Alcantara, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Kristina R. Bailey, Political Science
  • Shawn R. Brueshaber, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Timothy Conrad, English
  • Erin E. Grabarczyk, Biological Sciences
  • Aous Hammad Kurdi, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Ruoxi Ma, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Robert A. Makin III, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Cameron J. Manche, Geosciences
  • Tara Maser, Chemistry
  • Keli Masten, English
  • Tristan D. McBain, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Somaia Mustafa, Educational Leadership Research and Technology
  • Jennifer O'Brien, Mathematics
  • Todd R. Sarnstrom II, Economics
  • Michelle A. Stahl, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Madhushani W. Wickramarathna, Physics
  • Allison Michelle Witucki, Mallinson Institute for Science Education

Master's Level

  • Ruth A. Aardsma-Benton, History
  • Margaret E. Baker, Communication
  • Diana L. Carter, Biological Sciences
  • Ryan P. Castillo, Sociology
  • Danielle R. Dupuis, Geosciences
  • Meghan E. Feeman, Music
  • Claudia S. Ferreyra, Spanish
  • Ryan Filbin, Geography
  • Michael A. Gause, Music
  • Katie M. Gaviglio, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Fadwa Hamad, Chemistry
  • Laura L. Hinkley, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Sarah Kidd, English
  • Gerrit J. Van Klaveren, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Meredith A. Landon, Bronson School of Nursing
  • Erin S. Lynch, Medieval Institute
  • Colin MacCreery, Computer Science
  • Benjamin H. de Waal Malefyt, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Marissa B. Messenger, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Bridget E. Miller, Human Performance and Health Education
  • Piyush Prakash Pokharna, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Jeff W. Powless, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Kristina L. Riewaldt, Music
  • Brianna M. Scott, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Jair Stout, Comparative Religion
  • Darcy Sturges, English
  • Liliya Vansovich, Counselor Education Counseling Psychology
  • Kara M. Woodshank, Family and Consumer Sciencesthis photo shows two international students at an awards ceremony. Both women are holding up certificates of recognition for their out standing work as students at W M U .

 

January 2017 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Award Recipients Announced

The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the January 2017 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.

 The Research Grant Recipients for January 2017:

  • Mohammad Al Qaralleh, Civil and Construction Engineering
  • Jerico Alcantara, Chemical and Paper Engineering
  • Gabriel Alves, Biological Sciences
  • Jesse Anguiano, Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Elise Drager, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Danielle Dupuis, Geosciences
  • Meghan Feeman, Music Therapy
  • Eric Harvey, Psychology
  • Sarut Jianrattanasawat, Chemistry
  • Ian Kells, Music Therapy
  • Alexander Koerber, Geosciences
  • Anilkumar Kosna, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Sarah Kourtjian, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Alexander Luck, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
  • Danielle Molenaar, Geography
  • Thomas Ratkos, Psychology
  • Emily Sprague, Biological Sciences
  • Brian Trude, English
  • Vikram Turkani, Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Travel Grant Recipients for January 2017:

  • Ayaz Akram, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Subodh Bansode, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Maime Butler, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Li Cheng, Public Affairs and Administration
  • Kelley Current, Chemistry
  • James Dawson, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Mustafa Emil, Geosciencesa photo of three women at an awards ceremony. The two women on each side hold certificates of recognition and are wearing dark jackets. The woman in the middle is wearing a bright red scarf
  • Thomas Groves, Biological Sciences
  • Mohammed Hussain, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • James MacDonald, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Patrick Marcoux, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Mehdi Mohammadi, Computer Science
  • Drake Olejniczak, Mathematics
  • Kristin Roberts, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Jaliya Samarakoon, Chemistry
  • Erica Schlau, Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
  • Paige Schoenborn, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
  • Vicki Van Patten, Educational Leadership, Research and Technology