Graduate School


Recent Alumna in Media and Communication Receives National Dissertation Award

Carrie Teresa, a 2014 graduate of the Media and Communication doctoral program, was chosen as the winner of the Margaret A. Blanchard Doctoral Dissertation Award by the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA). She won this national honor for her dissertation entitled Looking at the Stars: The Black Press, African American Celebrity Culture, and Critical Citizenship in Early Twentieth Century America, 1895-1935. Her study examines how African American journalists and editors writing at the height of Jim Crow-ism covered celebrity culture and how this coverage was connected to the fight for civil rights. Carrie will receive $500 and a plaque during the 2015 AJHA national convention in Oklahoma City, OK, in October, where she will speak about her work. She is currently Assistant Professor at Niagara University.

2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awards Announced

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that two graduate students have been selected to receive the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) awards. These prestigious awards provide a $34,000 annual stipend for up to three years and $12,000 per year allowance for other academic expenses. The awardees include:

  • George Pantelopulos, Chemistry
  • Katherine Ridge, Psychology

Three Temple alumni are also recipients of the 2015 NSF GRFP award:

  • Christopher Brueck, Engineering, Oregon State University
  • Taylor Burke, Psychology, Duke University
  • Colin Fitzpatrick, Chemistry, Arcadia University

Five current graduate students and one Temple alumna also earned Honorable Mention status:

  • Maximilian Cuddy, Sociology
  • Joel Eppig, Psychology
  • Sean McWilliams, Chemistry
  • Quynh Nguyen, Chemistry
  • Ashley Truxal, Chemistry


  • Shannon Murphy, Psychology, Boston College

Congratulations to all!

History Doctoral Candidate Named a 2015 Humanity in Action Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow

Carly Goodman, a doctoral candidate in History, has been named a 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow by Humanity in Action. She will join 23 other American and European graduate students for an intense and intellectually challenging program on international relations and global diversity in Washington, DC, Berlin, and Paris from May 29 to June 28, 2015. They will meet with experts at governmental agencies, international NGOs, universities, think tanks, and foreign policy organizations, with a focus on building skills, networks, and knowledge for foreign policy careers. Carly's dissertation, Global Game of Chance: The U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery, Transnational Migration, and Cultural Diplomacy in Africa, 1990-2015, is the first in-depth examination of the green card lottery that blends immigration and international relations history. Carly previously worked for Human Rights First, where she focused on U.S. interrogation and detention policy as well as refugee and asylum issues.

Psychology Doctoral Candidate Selected to Attend 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany

Jonathan P. Stange, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected to participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. He is one of only 55 top young researchers from the United States among approximately 600 worldwide who will participate in the meeting. This year, 65 Nobel Laureates are expected to meet with the young researchers to engage in a transfer of knowledge between generations of scientists. This is the second straight year Temple University has had a doctoral student selected for the delegation. Congratulations, Jonathan!

Advanced Graduate Students in Clinical Psychology Match 100% to APA-Accredited Internships

Ten advanced graduate students in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program were matched to APA-accredited internships in the first round of placement for the 2015 match year. According to American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation rules, clinical graduate students are required to be accepted to and complete an internship at an APA-accredited internship site in their last year of graduate training. Internship placements are highly competitive. The successful students and their placements include:

  • Chelsea Black, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Lindsey Bruett, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
  • Angelo Cedeno, Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, NY
  • Anna Fineberg, Philadelphia VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Todd Galbraith, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, Brooklyn, NY
  • Daniel Kulper, VA New Jersey Health Care System, Lyons, NJ
  • Amy Look, VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Jeremy Peterman, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA
  • Brian Shields, The University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Jonathan Stange, University of Illinois Department of Psychiatry, Chicago, IL

Congratulations to all on their placements!

Doctoral Candidate in Art History Awarded Fellowship at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Agnieszka Szymanska, a doctoral candidate in Art History, has been awarded a 2014-2015 Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship in Medieval Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is one of only 49 awardees selected from more than 400 applications. Over the course of the 2014-2015 academic year, she will share the experience of New York City with peer fellowship awardees as they look closely together at objects in the Museum's collections and talk through research questions. Agnieszka will work to complete her dissertation entitled Vehicles of Memory: Paintings of the Red Monastery Church in Upper Egypt.

Paper by Doctoral Candidate and Recent Alumna in Media and Communication Earns Two Major Awards

Katie Beardsley, a doctoral candidate in Media and Communication (M&C), and Carrie Teresa, a recent M&C alumna and now Assistant Professor at Niagara University, won two major awards at the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) conference in October 2014. Their paper entitled "'The Lynching that Must Not Succeed': A Narrative Analysis of the Central Park Jogger Story in The New York Amsterdam News" was designated Best Graduate Student Paper, as both authors were students at the time that the paper was submitted for consideration. It also won the J. William Snodgrass Award for Outstanding Research on a Minorities Topic, which is a conference-wide honor that can be earned by faculty or student. In both categories, the paper took the top prize. Congratulations, Katie and Carrie!

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Awarded NIH Grant

Carrie Potter, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award in support of her dissertation entitled Anxiety, Sensitivity, and Pain Expectancy in Dental Anxiety. The award includes a stipend valued at $30,757 from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the 2014-2015 academic year.

2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awardee Profiled on NSF Website

A unique profile appears on the website of the National Science Foundation about:

Kathryn Devlin, a doctoral candidate in Psychology who is one of seven graduate students selected from Temple University in 2014 to receive a National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF)


her grandfather, Thomas M. Devlin, who was awarded an NSF GRF 60 years ago.

For the full story, visit

First Temple Cohort to Earn a Professional Science Master's Degree Presents Research

Five impressive graduate students constitute the first cohort to earn a Professional Science Master's (P.S.M.) degree at Temple University. Each graduating Biotechnology student presented her/his research at a special symposium on May 6, 2014, as a precursor to earning the degree. Congratulations to the 2014 graduates:

  • Rachel Chiaverelli: Collagen Type I and Its Receptor alpha2 beta1 Integrin in Glioma Pathology; Cezary Marcinkiewicz, Temple University Department of Biology, mentor
  • Stephen Lengyel: Mining de novo Transcriptome Assemblages of the Deep Sea Coral, Paramuricea biscaya, to Understand Stress Response; Rob Kulathinal and Erik Cordes, Temple University Department of Biology, mentors
  • Priyanka Patel: Hepatitis E in Kidney Transplantation; Roy Bloom and Mary Ann Lim, Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, mentors
  • Keith Rafferty: Zebrafish: A Model Organism for Investigating Thyroid-Disrupting Chemicals; Darius Balciunas and Jacqueline Tanaka, Temple University Department of Biology, mentors
  • Jessica Tan: Mutagenesis Screen for Residues Involved in TRPA1 Gating; M. Allen McAlexander, GlaxoSmithKline, mentor

Doctoral Candidates in Art History Awarded Prestigious Predoctoral Awards

Michelle DiMarzo, a doctoral candidate in Art History, has been 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. As one of 31 recipients, Michelle will receive a fellowship, stipend, and invitation to live in Rome for two years while she researches and writes her dissertation entitled Titian and the Culture of Mid-Century Rome: The Venetian Among the Ruins. Michelle was also awarded a grant specifically for research in Venice by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Congratulations, Michelle!

Han-Chih "Peter" Wang, a doctoral candidate in Art History, has been awarded a prestigious Terra Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for 2014-2015. His dissertation, The Profane and Profound: American Road Photography from 1930 to the Present, examines twentieth-century American road photography, including works by Robert Adams, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Dorothea Lange, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld. His articles and exhibition reviews have appeared in The Artist Magazine and other journals in Taiwan. Congratulations, Peter!

Seven Graduate Students Receive 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that seven outstanding graduate students have been selected to receive the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) awards. These prestigious awards provide a $32,000 annual stipend for up to three years and $12,000 per year allowance for other academic expenses. Congratulations are extended to:

  • Kathryn Devlin, Psychology
  • Megan Jennings, Chemistry
  • Samuel Markson, Chemistry
  • Kristina Nazimova, Anthropology
  • Steven Schnell, Biology
  • Leah Sheline, Psychology
  • Christiana Teijaro, Chemistry

The selection of seven awardees from Temple University in a given year is unprecedented. At present, two graduate students are finishing the first year of an NSF GRFP award and two others are completing their second year of the award. These individuals include:

  • Anna Fineberg, Psychology, 2012
  • Samuel Georgian, Biology, 2012
  • Vira Oleksyuk, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2013
  • Sarah Seligman, Psychology, 2013

Congratulations to all!


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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.