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April 2015 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards announced

The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the April 2015 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.

The Research Grant Recipients for April 2015

Michael D. Berquist II – Psychology
Hannah M. Borton – Biological Sciences
Thomas C. Brubaker – Geosciences
Matthew T. Deighton – Biological Sciences
Katherine A. Dvorak – Geosciences
Rebecca L. Emanuelsen – English
Chanse M. Ford – Geosciences
Benjamin D. Hinks – Geosciences
Jeremy A. Killion – History
Jennifer J. Marson – Sociology
Dawid T. Tatarczyk – Political Science
Fehime Utkan – Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Joshua M. Varnell – Political Science

The Travel Grant Recipients for April 2015

Warqaa S. Al Azawee – Electrical & Computer Engineering
Wisam A. Al Isawi – Chemistry
Ahmed S. Al Taie – Electrical & Computer
Engineering Ahmed J. Fattah – Electrical & Computer Engineering
Catherine M. Gayman – Psychology
Karime F. Hussein – Electrical & Computer Engineering
Jennifer L. Kempe – Music
Peggy McNeal Mansfield – Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Mindy K. Newhouse – Psychology
Sepideh Rahbarirad – Chemistry
David L. Sellers – Chemistry
Yuanming Shi – Philosophy
Rebecca E. Straple – English
Jason D. Vanfosson – English
Christopher A. Walmsley – Psychology

for a printable .pdf version of this announcement, please visit: http://www.wmich.edu/grad/awards/april-2015-GSRTG awardees.pdf


 

Graduate College Announces the Recipients of 2015 Western Michigan University Dames Endowed Scholarship

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that four students have been awarded a 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. Both men and women may apply for this scholarship, but by the terms of the agreement, preference is given to women. The scholarship funds are restricted to the following elements only: tuition payment, fees, and the purchase of books.

Ahmed Sabri Sal Altaie: Department of Electrical Engineering
Ahmed is a masters student with the Department of Electrical Engineering and anticipates completing his degree in spring 2015. Dr. Johnson Asumadu, his advisor, describes him as an “extraordinary researcher in the areas of articificial neural network (ANN) for fault detection and classification of relay.” Recently, Ahmed presented his research at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Electro/Information Technology Conference. Dr. Asumadu describes him as “one of the best students” he is supervising toward completion of the thesis.

Samantha Jansen:  Haworth College of Business
Samantha plans to graduate with her MBA in the fall 2015. Dr. Renuka Phillips, director of the MBA program, Grand Rapids campus, describes her as a remarkably adept student, dedicated to academic success and to personal achievement. She describes Samantha as an “honest, intelligent, articulate person, who is self-motivated and also demonstrates leadership qualities that are admired by peers, fellow students, and faculty.”

Shernita McIntosh:  Department of Counselor Education and Counseling   Psychology
Shernita is a graduate student dedicated not only to her academic pursuits in completing a masters degree, but also to her sustained involvement with the community to “open individual’s eyes, hearts, and minds to remove the stigma in the African American community,” writes Dr. Charmeka Whitehead.  Shernita is very involved in mentoring adolescent girls and at risk  youth and is currently working with a faculty member on a research project to assist individuals suffering from trauma.

Mackenzie Patterson: Department of Occupational Therapy
Mackenzie anticipates graduating with a masters degree in the fall of 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Psychology from Michigan State University and has extensive experience in health promotion.  Dr. Ben Atchison, Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, describes Mackenzie as an “outstanding student” who has “continued to excel in her professional development.”


 

2015–16 Dissertation Completion Fellowships Announced

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that four WMU doctoral students have been named recip-ients of Dissertation Completion Fellowships for the 2015–16 academic year.

The 2015–16 Dissertation Completion Fellowship recipients are as follows:

Jack Goodman - Department of History: Jack Goodman will receive a full-year fellowship for his dissertation, “Slavery and Manumission in Fourteenth-Century Palermo.” Goodman is a Fulbright scholar and spent all of the academic year in 2011-2012 in Palermo, Sicily, conducting research. He is well versed in French, Italian, and Latin. His advisor, Dr. Larry Simon, is confident that Jack’s revised dissertation will “undoubtedly be published as a monograph” and he considers Jack to be “one of the most valued Doctoral Associates” in the department, holding a variety of positions, including TA Coordinator. Goodman was awarded the All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness award in 2014, one of the University’s highest and most prestigious awards presented to a graduate student

David Terry - Department of History: David Terry will receive a full-year fellowship for his dissertation, “Practicing Piracy: Violence, Identity, and Authority in the Later Medieval Mediterranean , 1291 – 1336.” He was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship to conduct research in Barcelona, Spain, in 2011. His research languages are Spanish, Catalan, and French, and he is also conversant in Latin languages. According to David, very little research has been done to examine either the concepts of identity or piracy in the region and time period of his research. His archival research has yielded almost a thousand previously unpublished documents that relate to piracy in the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Dr. Larry Simon, David’s advisor, writes that his advisee’s research area is “too little acknowledged and certainly too little understood.” David Terry’s research will provide new perspectives from which to appreciate these phenomena. Dr. Simon states that David “will bring honor to our university, not just through his future scholarship, but through his future teaching at whatever institution is fortunate enough to hire him.”

Wan Wei - Department of Applied Economics: Wan Wei will receive a full-year fellowship to complete her dissertation, “Three Essays on Monetary Policy and Exchange Rate Volatility.” Her research focuses on whether monetary policy announcements affect exchange rate volatility, and further, considering the monetary policy change in 2008, if the effect of these monetary policy announcements differs across the two monetary policy regimes. Wan is the recipient of the 2012 Elias Harik Award from the Department of Economics, an award bestowed upon the student with the best academic performance in the first year of study. Dr. Susan Pozo, Wan’s dissertation adviser, writes that “Wan is a very promising economist,” who demonstrates sound analytical, as well as superior statistical and econometric skills.


 

2015 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships Announced

The Graduate College is pleased to announce that two WMU doctoral students have been named recip-ients of Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships for the 2015–16 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 2015–16 Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowships recipients are as follows:

Jennifer J. Marson – Department of Sociology. Jennifer Marson will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for her dissertation, “The Rwandan Diaspora in Canada: Justice and Reconcilation.” This research “addresses the extent to which the Rwandans living in Canada have experienced a sense of reconciliation following efforts at administering justice after the 1994 genocide,” writes” Dr. Angie Moe, Jennifer’s advisor. This research is unprecedented, as it focuses on the administration of justice outside of Africa. Little research has focused on the experiences of those who migrated to Canada, particularly in Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, two venues for prominent Rwandan diaspora. Dr. Moe writes that Jennifer is “quickly emerging as one of the foremost sociological experts on the 1994 Rwandan genocide and the utilization of restorative justice within the international context.” Further, Dr. Moe finds her to reflect a passion and capability far beyond her years in academe.

Viraj D. Thanthirige – Department of Chemistry: Viraj D. Thanthirige will receive the Gwen Frostic Doctoral Fellowship for his dissertation research which involves making “new gold nanoclusters with two important applications, one of which is in green industrial catalysis, while the other is in biological imaging, especially for the detection of cancer at early stages,” writes Dr. Ekk Sinn, his advisor. Dr. Sinn writes that Viraj’s “knowledge and expertise and adaptability will make him successful” and that he has already completed a “solid body of original and innovative research.” Viraj has published in peer reviewed journals and is actively preparing four additional manuscripts. Dr. Sinn states that Viraj is an “excellent ambassador for WMU” and has great scholarly promise.


 

2014-15 Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards Announced

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee are proud to announce the 2014–15 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University

The All-University Scholars for 2014–15

Molly M. Bathje – Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D.
Jacob R. Job – Biological Sciences
Daniel P. Johnston – Mathematics
Racha El Kadiri – Geosciences
Eric T. Mendes – Comparative Religion
Phyllis C. Pennock – Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Emily Wegemer – English

The Department Scholars for 2014–15 this 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 .

Kaitlin R. Arnold - Speech Pathology & Audiology
Megan Melissa Arnott – English
Caleb M. Ausbury - Comparative Religion
Molly M. Bathje - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D.
Michael D. Berquist – Psychology
Ali Bolandi – Chemistry
Patti A. Borrello - Family & Consumer Sciences
Zachary J. Boyt – Music
Jeffrey M. Carroll - Public Affairs & Administration
Carolyn R. Doerr - Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology
Alexander J. Ebenstein – Geography
Michael E. Ellinger - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Penny L. Folsom - Teaching, Learning & Educational Studies
John T. Foor - Political Science
Kyle R. Geda - Speech Pathology & Audiology
Gregory D. Greenman - Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
Peter M. Holvenstot - Computer Science
Alexander R. Houser – Economics
Aaron J. Howe – Anthropology
Jacob R. Job - Biological Sciences
Daniel P. Johnston – Mathematics
Marisha L. Lecea - Political Science
Listiani - Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Abed Al Hameed Masaod Marie – Economics
Mehdi Mohammadi - Computer Science
Abdel Mawgoud M. Mohammed – Geosciences
Ali Ibrahim Neamah Neamah - Chemical & Paper Engineering
Mark Omwansa - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Karina A. Ortíz Pacheco – Spanish
Phyllis C. Pennock - Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Matthew J. Rine – Geosciences
Giovanni Francisco Salazar Calvo – Spanish
Michael J. Sanders – History
Rebecca L. Sevin – Sociology
Dustin M. Sigsbee – Philosophy
Brett A. Stoll – Communication
Emily Wegemer – English
Anja E. Williams - Biological Sciences
Azem Khalifa Yahamed - Chemical & Paper Engineering
Baochun Zhou – Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology

for a printable .pdf version of this announcement, please visit: http://www.wmich.edu/grad/awards/2015-GRCS.pdf


 

2014-15 Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards Announced

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee are proud to announce the 2014–15 recipients of the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards at Western Michigan University

The All-University Graduate Teachers for 2014–15

Amanda J. Bistolfo – Music
Andrew J. Bulla – Psychology
Lindy D. Demarest – Comparative Religion
Janice M. Fulford – Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Jason E. Johnson – Computer Science
Anne E. Lundquist – Educational Leadership, Research & Technology
Simon J. Purdy – Sociology

The Department Graduate Teachers for 2014–15

Masoud Mohsen Alajmi - Electrical & Computer Engineering
Joshua R. Berkenpas - Political Sciencea 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
Amanda J. Bistolfo – Music
MaryKate K. Bodnar – Anthropology
Andrew J. Bulla – Psychology
Laura E. Butsch - Family & Consumer Sciences
Kyle D. Ciarkowski – Economics
Ryan J. Clark - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Sarah E. Coulter - Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology
Kyle J. Cox – Geosciences
Sofia Darling – Nursing
Lindy D. Demarest - Comparative Religion
Stephen M. Devereaux – Mathematics
Jeremiah E. Doebert – English
Christopher D. Duchesneau - Mallinson Institute for Science Education
Mustafa Kemal Emil – Geosciences
Leticia I. Espinoza – Spanish
Bradley J. Farley – Geography
Amber D. Goodlock - Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Ph.D.
Ellen K. Hallgren – Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology
Lindsay J. Jeffers – English
Jason E. Johnson - Computer Science
Simon P. Johnson – Philosophy
Michael J. Joyce - Chemical & Paper Engineering
Donald C. Kidd – Chemistry
Anne E. Lundquist - Educational Leadership, Research & Technology
Bryanna L. Manning – Communication
Nicholas W. Martin - Biological Sciences
Charles S. Nutting - Biological Sciences
Brooke S. O’Neil – Sociology
Shreyas Pathak - Chemical & Paper Engineering
Kimberly M. Peck – Psychology
Emma A. Powell - Public Affairs & Administration
Simon J. Purdy – Sociology
Kelly A. Reed - Educational Leadership, Research & Technology
Nicholas A. Saxton - Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation
James A. Squires – Economics
Gaetan L. VanGyseghem – Physics
Benjamin M. Wozniak – Spanish
James A. Young - Human Performance & Health Education

for a printable .pdf version of this announcement, please visit: http://www.wmich.edu/grad/awards/2015-GTE.pdf


 

January 2015 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant Award Recipients Announced

The Graduate College congratulates the following graduate students who are the recipients of the January 2015 Graduate Student Research and Travel Grant awards and wishes them continued success in their research.

The Research Grant Recipients for January 2015

The Travel Grant Recipients for January 2015