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2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships 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.

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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 Candidate in Art History Awarded Prestigious Rome Prize

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!

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.