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Announcing Two Fellowship Opportunities


Under Governor Tom Wolf’s leadership, the Commonwealth has a renewed focus bringing fresh ideas and the best and brightest minds to public service. The Office of Administration is pleased to announce the launch of its most recent effort toward that goal: the William Penn Fellowship program.

Through the William Penn Fellowship, selected candidates will work two years alongside executive leadership to address challenges facing Pennsylvania. At the conclusion of the fellowships, participants will have the opportunity to present the results of their work to the Governor and other senior officials.

The fellowship, which begins in Summer 2017, is open to individuals who hold a master’s degree or doctorate earned between December 2013 and August 2017. Applications are being accepted from August 1 through October 21, 2016. Details are available at Students, alumni, and faculty can direct questions to:

Shelly Forte
Special Assistant for Enterprise Recruitment
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Governor's Office of Administration
207 Finance Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Voice: 717-783-2224
Fax: 717-783-4374


The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Mellon Fellowships for Dissertation Research in Original Sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources;
  • enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is, available;
  • encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the United States and abroad; and
  • provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.

The program is offering about 15 competitively awarded fellowships in 2017. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for 9 to 12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting an acceptable report to CLIR on the research experience. Thus, the maximum award is $25,000.

Fellowship stipends will support research beginning between June 1 and September 1, 2017, and ending within 12 months of commencing. Fellowships will not be renewed or extended. Fellows are expected to work full time on their dissertation research without holding teaching or research assistantships or undertaking other paid work. Fellows may use stipends to meet living expenses, travel costs, and other expenses that enable dissertation research to be carried out, but not to defray tuition.

The deadline for submission of application materials is 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, December 2, 2016. Applicants do not have to be U.S. citizens, but must be enrolled in a doctoral program in a graduate school in the United States. For further information on eligibility, requirements, and deadlines, visit


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Calling All Graduate Students . . .

Got plans for late February/early March 2017 yet? Our idea is so big that we still have to pin down a date....

HootaThon is Temple University's 12-hour dance marathon that raises funds and awareness for the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our local Miracle Network Hospital. Last fall, the Temple community came together to raise $280,620 for the kids, breaking a record for the most money raised in a third-year program.

The goal in the fourth year of HootaThon is to make even more miracles happen by raising $400,000 For The Kids. And that's where Temple's graduate students come in. You are called on to help unite our campus in this one main cause by getting involved with HootaThon.

Registration for HootaThon 2017 is officially open, but you only have until midnight on November 4, 2016 to sign up. Are you ready to take on the HootaThon challenge? Visit to learn more.

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Doctoral Candidates in Criminal Justice Publish First-Author Papers

Ingrid Johnson and Nathan Link, doctoral candidates in Criminal Justice, have published first-author papers:

  • Johnson, I. D., & Hiller, M. L. (2016). Rural location and relative location: Adding community context to the study of sexual assault survivor time until presentation for medical care. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, first published online on August 12, 2016, pp. 1-23.
  • Link, N. W., Cullen, F. T., Agnew, R., & Link, B. G. (2016). Can general strain theory help us understand violent behaviors among people with mental illnesses? Justice Quarterly, 33(4), 729-754.
  • Link, N. W., & Roman. C. G. (in press). Longitudinal associations among child support debt, employment, and recidivism after prison. The Sociological Quarterly.

In addition, Nathan also earned Honorable Mention in the DCS Student Paper Award category from the Division on Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology for his paper entitled Longitudinal Associations Between Child Support Debt, Employment, and Recidivism After Prison.

Congratulations, Ingrid and Nathan!

Doctoral Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences Wins AAPS Graduate Student Research Award and Publishes First-Author Paper in Scientific Journal

Priyanka Kulkarni, a doctoral candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Pharmaceutics, has received the 2016 Graduate Student Research Award in Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Drug Metabolism, and Clinical Pharmacology and Translational Research. The award will be presented by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) at its 2016 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver, CO, in mid-November. The award is made in recognition of excellence in graduate education in the identified fields and related disciplines.

Priyanka is also the first author of an article published in the October 2016 issue of The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. It is entitled "Intracellular Unbound Atorvastatin Concentrations in the Presence of Metabolism and Transport." Great work, Priyanka!

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology Awarded 2016-2017 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship

Melissa Krug, a doctoral candidate in Anthropology, has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. The award funds Melissa's travel to Peru where she will engage in interviews, observations, questionnaires, and informal conversations with artisans and staff at a fair-trade distribution organization in Lima. For her dissertation entitled Fair Trade and the Prospects for Quechua Language and Culture in Peru, Melissa will study how the economic opportunities afforded by fair trade can encourage indigenous Peruvians from inland mountainous regions to embrace, rather than be stigmatized by, their native Quechua language and customs in the coastal urban center of Lima. Focused on language in the context of fair trade, this study will contribute to the understanding of connections between participation in the global economy and language endangerment, as well as the ways in which fair trade can be strengthened and better implemented to encourage the maintenance of indigenous languages and cultures. Congratulations, Melissa!

2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grants Announced

Two doctoral students in Anthropology have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for the 2016-2017 academic year:

  • Eryn Snyder Berger earned her master's (CLA '15) and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Anthropology. She will travel to Argentina to conduct research on state-funded media projects intended to empower Argentinian youth of African descent and promote African heritage. Eryn plans to incorporate her findings into her dissertation on Afro-descendant youth and the impact of media.
  • David Paulson earned his master's (CLA '15) and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Anthropology. He will travel to Vietnam to research the developmental experiences of minority Cham children, whose language is in danger of extinction. David will offer English-language classes for members of the Cham community and the staff of the UNESCO Center in Phan Rang, Vietnam.

Recent Alumna in Sociology Lands Job at Google

Valerie Bonner, a 2014 graduate of the Sociology doctoral program, is Survey Research Lead at Google. As a graduate student at Temple, she spent a summer interning at the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center (NORC), where she worked on a survey sponsored by the CDC and on a project to reduce errors in address-based sampling. Valerie then worked part-time at NERA, Economic Consulting, with survey and sampling practices, helping to design questionnaires and sampling plans, analyzing data, and critiquing other survey and sampling experts. She transitioned to a full-time senior-level position in NERA's Manhattan office after defending her dissertation. Finally, she learned from a fellow NORC intern that Google was looking for a survey methodologist skilled at various quantitative data analysis techniques. For more detail on Valerie's transition from the classroom to the corporate world, visit Congratulations, Valerie!

Psychology Alumnus Receives Honor from APS

Richard Liu, a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, was named an Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star. The Rising Star designation is one of APS' highest honors for early career psychologists. Richard is currently Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Wins Outstanding Student Researcher Award

Jonathan Stange, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected as the winner of the Outstanding Student Researcher Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). This honor recognizes the student's exemplary contributions to clinical science and one's future promise as a rising star in the field of clinical psychology. The award committee cited Jonathan's "exceptionally advanced research contributions to clinical psychology" as the basis of his award. Jonathan is currently a Clinical Psychology Intern at the University of Illinois at Chicago while completing his candidacy for the Ph.D. at Temple University.

Doctoral Candidate in Art History Awarded Prestigious Predoctoral Award

Michelle DiMarzo, a doctoral candidate in Art History, was awarded the Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in the 118th Annual Rome Prize Competition from the American Academy in Rome. Michelle is currently in the second year of a two-year fellowship that includes a stipend and residence in Rome while she researches and writes her dissertation entitled Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome: The Venetian Among the Ruins. A description of Michelle's work can be found at under "Renaissance and Early Modern Studies."


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Writing Center Offers Writing Retreats

The Writing Center offers writing retreats that are designed to help graduate students and faculty with their writing projects, including dissertations, proposals, and articles for publication. The writing retreats offer intensive and focused writing time, one-on-one mentoring, goal-setting support, fellowship, and motivation. A nominal fee is charged for each retreat to cover program costs. For more information or to register for this or another writing retreat, visit the Writing Center's website.