Graduate School


Calling All Graduate Students . . .

What are you doing on Saturday, February 18, 2017, from noon to midnight? We've got plans for you!

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. 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 1, 2016 to sign up. Are you ready to take on the HootaThon challenge? Visit to learn more.

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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 recently 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."

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Wins Research Award from APA

Jessica Hamilton, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has received the 2015 Anne Anastasi General Psychology Graduate Student Research Award from Division I of the American Psychological Assocation. Jessica was selected as the winner with more than two years of graduate study. The award comes with a $300 honorarium.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Wins Research Grant from APAGS

Samantha Connolly, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, was awarded the 2015 Scott Mesh Honorary Grant for Research in Psychology from the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS). Samantha will receive a $1,000 grant for her dissertation research.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Earns a One Percentile Score on Grant Submission

Brooke Ammerman, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, was awarded a 1.0 percentile score on her grant submission for the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) to the National Institutes of Health. Her proposal is entitled Acute Effects on Interpersonal Stress on Behavioral Indices of NSSI.

2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awards Announced

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that three 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:

  • Taylor Burke, Psychology
  • Colin Fitzpatrick, Chemistry
  • George Pantelopulos, Chemistry

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

  • Christopher Brueck, Engineering, Oregon State University
  • Katherine Ridge, Psychology, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Two current graduate students and four Temple alumni also earned Honorable Mention status:

  • Shannon Murphy, Psychology
  • Quynh Nguyen, Chemistry


  • Maximilian Cuddy, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Joel Eppig, Psychology, University of California – San Diego
  • Sean McWilliams, Chemistry, Yale University
  • Ashley Truxal, Chemistry, University of California – Berkeley

Congratulations to all!

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!


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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.