The Graduate College is pleased to announce that three WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships for the 2014–15 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 Fall 2014 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships recipients are as follows:
Marlene Camacho-Ochoa – Department of Spanish: Ms. Camacho-Ochoa will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation titled Continuity and Rupture in the Narrative of Augusto Roa Bastos. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Benjamin Torres. This study examines the themes utilized by Paraguayan author, Augusto Roa Bastos in the first phase of his narrative work and the relations of continuity and rupture as they appear in his final creative works. The research will contribute to the scholarship and further understanding of the creative writing process of this author. Dr. Torres describes Marlene’s dissertation as an “ambitious and terribly exciting research project.”
Abotalib Z. A. Farag – Department of Geosciences: Mr. Farag will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation titled An Integrated Approach Towards a Better Understanding of the Paleohydrology and Landscape Evolution in the Sahara During the Previous Wet Climatic Periods. His dissertation advisor is Dr. Mohamed Sultan. This project –1– page 2 involves the implementation of cost effective, interdisciplinary, cutting edge, collaborative and innovative research approaches that provide a new clue for the role of groundwater on Mars. In addition it will assess the possibility of recent or ancient life on Mars by applying a comparative analysis between outflow channels on Mars and their terrestrial counterparts in the Sahara. Dr. Sultan describes Mr. Farag as a “very dedicated scientist who has a quest for knowledge and success.” Mr. Farag has co-authored various manuscripts and is actively engaged in publication and the dissemination of his research in professional venues.
Christina M. Zumbrun – Department of Mathematics: Mr. Zumbrun will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation titled Secondary Mathematics Teachers' Attitudes and Beliefs toward Statistics: Developing and Initial Profile. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Christine Browning. This research is an investigation of the statistical content preparation background of secondary mathematics teachers who teach statistics at the high school level, either within existing mathematics courses, such as algebra or geometry, or as a stand-along course, such as AP statistics. Ms. Zumbrun’s project involves the assessment of teachers’ attitudes and beliefs regarding the nature of statistics and its centrality within the high school curriculum. Dr. Browning describes Ms. Zumbrun as an “exceptional student” whose work will make a significant contribution to the field of mathematics education.
2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards
The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the September 2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.
The Research Grant Recipients for September 2014
The Travel Grant Recipients for September 2014
Graduate College Announces the Recipient of 2014 the Western Michigan University Dames Endowed Scholarship
The Graduate College is pleased to announce that Lisa K. Lubold, a Master of Social Work candidate, has been named the recip¬ient of the 2014 WMU Dames Endowed Scholarship. First awarded in 1997 in accordance with an agreement made between Western Michigan University and the WMU Women’s Association, the scholarship is offered on a competitive basis to exceptional graduate students enrolled in a graduate degree program at WMU. Lisa has distinguished herself as a student of superlative scholastic capability who is dedicated to the field of social work. The Graduate College wishes Lisa continued success in her future endeavors.
Congratulations to the students of the Master of Public Administration program who recently received MPA Awards and Scholarships.
The awardees are:
Other Awards and Scholarships
Photos from the 2014 Graduate Honors Convocation
The awards ceremony honoring WMU graduate students selected to receive the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholars and Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards are now availabe on the Graduate College Facebook page. The awards took place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the WMU Bernhard Center.
The Graduate College Announces Recipients of 2014–15 Dissertation Completion Fellowships
The Graduate College is pleased to announce that four WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2014–15 academic year.
The 2014–15 Dissertation Completion Fellowship recipients are as follows:
Caitlyn P. Dial - Department of History: Ms. Dial will receive a full-year fellowship for her dissertation titled Only the River Remains: History and Memory of the Eastland Disaster in the Great Lakes Region, 1915-present. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Mitch Kachun. Ms. Dial’s dissertation examines memorial and commemorative attention to the tragic capsizing of the excursion ship Eastland, which sank in dock in Chicago in 1915, killing hundreds of passengers during the boarding process. Her research addresses important questions about the process of public and private commemorations and the construction of individual and collective memories related to the event.
Patrick W. Harris - Department of History: Mr. Harris will receive a full-year fellowship for his dissertation Communal Coalescence: Christian Coexistence in 12th Century Toledo. Dr. Larry J. Simon is the dissertation advisor. Mr. Harris’s dissertation is about the pluri ethno-religious nature of post-conquest Toledo, metropolitan see of Castile and home to one of the larger Jewish communities in Medieval Europe. Toledo, a famed “School” of Translators and a place where Christian conquerors formed an urban atoll on a sea of conquered Muslims, figures prominently in both Castilian nationalist historiography and contemporary scholars of convivencia.
Abdel Mawgoud M. M. Mohammed - Department of Geosciences: Mr. Mohammed will receive a full-year fellowship to complete his dissertation Hydrochemical Characteristics and Potential Tectonic Influences on Groundwater Quality of the Continental-Scale Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS). His dissertation advisor is Dr. Alan E. Kehew. Mr. Mohammed’s research concerns the origin and the management of the groundwater in the Nubian Sandstone aquifer, one the largest aquifers in the world, and one that is vital to the population of much of North Africa, including Egypt. His research is in accord with the University’s mission of “globally engaged” research that has international implications.
Emily A. Zerndt - Department of Political Science: Ms. Zerndt will receive a full-year fellowship for her dissertation Democracy Promotion and the Commercialization of Freedom House. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Emily Hauptmann. Ms. Zerndt’s dissertation is the first in-depth scholarly study of the influential New York-based think tank, Freedom House. Specifically, she examines the history of the development of Freedom House’s well-known system for assigning numeric democracy and freedom scores to countries all over the world. There has been virtually no scholarly attention either to how Freedom House arrives at them or to its evolving rationale for defining “democracy” or “freedom” in the particular ways it does.
Graduate College Announces Recipient of 2014 Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award
The Graduate College is pleased to announce that one WMU doctoral student has been named recipient of the Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award for the 2014–15 academic year. The Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award is 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 2014–15 Patricia L. Thompson Dissertation Award recipient:
Marisha L. Lecea – Department of Political Science: Ms. Lecea will receive the Patricial L. Thompson Dissertation Award for her dissertation Citizenship, Politics and Process: A Cross National Study of Citizenship Regimes. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Priscilla Lambert. Ms. Lecea has specialized in the subfields of the comparative politics of civil society and social movements, as well as nationalism and ethnicity. Ms. Lecea’s dissertation research has already resulted in three peer-reviewed conference presentations. She is also scheduled to present a paper drawn from one of her chapters at the annual American Political Science Association meeting this fall.
Graduate College Announces Recipients of Spring 2014 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships
The Graduate College is pleased to announce that two WMU doctoral students have been named recipients of Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships for the 2014–15 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 2014–15 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships recipients are as follows:
Jerusa V. Carvajal – Department of Spanish: Ms. Carvajal will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation El incario y su colonizacion en el teatro del Siglo de Oro. Her dissertation advisor is Dr. Natalio Ohanna. Ms. Carvajal’s work goes beyond the tradition of literary analysis. She hasan interdisciplinary focus that covers transatlantic studies, Early Modern history, history of idears, cultural studies, migrations, and colonialism.
Binu Baby Narakathu – Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering: Mr. Narakathu will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation Integration of Conventional Lithography and Printing Methods as a Key Enabling Technology for Printed and Flexible Electronics. His dissertation advisor is Dr. Massood Zandi Atashbar. His research has resulted in seven high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications, 40 conference publications, five intellectual property disclosures and one patent application. Mr. Narakathu was also awarded the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholar award for 2012-13 by WMU
March 2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards
The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the March 2014 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.
The Graduate Student Research Grant Recipients for March 2014
Ann Armbruster – Music
Abida Bano – Political Science
Hannah Borton – Biological Sciences
Richard Dudek II – Geosciences
Ali Eshkeiti – Electrical & Computer Engineering
Nathaniel Fuller – Geography
Catherine Gayman – Psychology
Denisha Griffey – Geosciences
Jonathan Haynes – Geosciences
Spencer Hunt – History
Mitsuyo Izumi – Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Edwin Mghanga – Chemistry
Chelsea Stevens – History
Jessica Szkody – Geosciences
Wan Wei – Economics
The Graduate Student Travel Grant Recipients for March 2014
Skylar J. Bre'z – History
Amber Depuydt-Goodlock – Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
Sean Field – Psychology
Jamie Gomez – Anthropology
Jamie Hirsh – Psychology
Krystal Howard – English
Catherine Elizabeth Kyle – English
Vanessa Laurent – Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology
Sarah Lichtenberger – Psychology
Edwin Mghanga – Chemistry
Katie Ouellette – Psychology
Iris Petty – History
Matt Reid – Sociology
Katelyn Sandor – Communication
Yannick Schenk – Psychology
Daniel Sundberg – Psychology
Jason Vanfosson – Psychology
Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, and
Teaching Effectiveness Awards Announced
The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee are proud to announce the 2013–14 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University and the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards