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Doctoral Candidate in Kinesiology Awarded AHA Predoctoral Fellowship:

Boa Kim, a doctoral candidate in Kinesiology, has been awarded a Winter 2012 Great Rivers Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship by the American Heart Association for her work entitled "Effects of Laminar Shear Stress on Mitochondrial DNA Integrity in Endothelial Cells." This highly competitive predoctoral fellowship award is one of the major fellowship awards in cardiovascular research. The award period runs from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014, with a progress review at the conclusion of the first year. The stipend for the two-year period is $25,000 per annum. Ms. Kim is a former awardee of a University Fellowship from Temple.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Receives Dissertation Award:

Amanda Morrison, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the John R. Z. Abela Dissertation Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). She was also the recipient of a Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Dissertation Award in 2011. Ms. Morrison's dissertation is entitled "Attention Bias and Attentional Control in the Development of Social Anxiety Disorder."

Two Doctoral Candidates in Biology Awarded Fellowships in Two Years:

Dustin Long, a doctoral candidate in Biology, was awarded a Short-Term Fellowship by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). The fellowship allows the recipient to visit STRI for an introduction to tropical research. The award enables Mr. Long to travel to the Smithsonian's Bocas del Toro field station in Panama in Fall 2012 to conduct his dissertation research on marine biodiversity and species interactions. He will investigate the effect of key predators on marine ecological communities. Many predators in marine ecosystems are undergoing extinction, yet the effects of key predators in the tropics are not known. Understanding these effects will provide important insight into the ecology of this ecosystem and inform conservation planning.

Mr. Long's fellowship follows the 2011 award of a Link Foundation/Smithsonian Institution Graduate Fellowship to Katherine Papacostas, also a doctoral candidate in Biology. Ms. Papacostas received her award for Summer 2011 to conduct fieldwork at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, FL. She studied predator-prey interactions that influence the success of invasive marine species in the Indian River Lagoon, specifically focusing on tunicate invasions and the invasive Indo-Pacific swimming crab, Charybdis hellerii. This research was an integral part of Ms. Papacostas's dissertation exploring latitudinal variation in marine invasion dynamics.

Doctoral Candidate in African American Studies Awarded NEH Summer Fellowship:

Christina Harris, a doctoral candidate in African American Studies, is the recipient of a fellowship for a Summer Seminar from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This competitive award, which reserves only two seminar seats for graduate students, provides a stipend of $3,300 for Ms. Harris to spend four weeks studying and writing about abolitionism in Philadelphia.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Awarded Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant:

Dina Gordon, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected to receive a Graduate Research Grant in the amount of  $1,500 from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. The stipend provides support for Ms. Gordon's dissertation research.

Graduate Students Participate in NSF Invitational Conference:

Five graduate students in the College of Science and Technology participated in the Graduate Fellows K12 Invitational Conference sponsored by the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC, from March 16-19, 2012. Their research is supported by the “Scientists as Teachers – Teachers as Scientists” Project at Temple University. Congratulations to the participating students on being invited to present their research:  Paul Finn, Chemistry; Justin Kaplan, Chemistry; Elizabeth Reilly, Biology; Matthew Sender, Chemistry; and Laura Skorina, Biology. For photos and details, click here.

Advanced Clinical Psychology Students Matched to Internships:

The Department of Psychology proudly reports that 100% of its advanced clinical Ph.D. students who applied for an internship matched to an internship site. The internship sites to which they matched are highly prestigious. This is an especially impressive statistic, given that 29% of internship applicants across the nation this year did not match to any internship -- and cannot receive their doctoral degrees without an internship position. Congratulations to Temple's psychology interns:

      • Shimrit Black
      • Julie Edmunds
      • Dawn Eichen
      • Kim Goldstein
      • Elizabeth Gordon
      • Ellen Jorstad-Stein
      • Kelly O'Neil
      • Connor Puleo
      • Colette Seter
      • Judy Wong

Doctoral Candidate in Chemistry Awarded 2012 ECS Summer Fellowship:

Devika Sil, a doctoral candidate in Chemistry, has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 Summer fellowship from the Electrochemical Society. The $5,000 stipend will provide her with support for the Summer 2012 semester.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Awarded 2012 APA Travel Award:

Jonathan Strange, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 travel and registration stipend from the American Psychological Association to attend the International Congress of Psychology in Cape Town, South Africa, in July. The award provides $1,500 for travel and waives the registration fee. It also matches the student recipient with a mentor who is a mid- or senior-level psychologist experienced in international research and collaborations. Funding for the award is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to psychology students whose work is relevant to the NSF's programs in perception, action, and cognition or in social psychology. Mr. Strange submitted a description of research that focused on understanding the multifaceted role of flexibility.

M.F.A. Candidate in Film and Media Arts Edited Documentary That is Now Oscar Contender:

The documentary film entitled Hell and Back Again, which was edited by Fiona Otway, an M.F.A. candidate in Film and Media Arts, was named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an official Oscar nominee for feature-length documentary on February 26, 2012. The film premiered in Philadelphia on November 4, 2011, at the Landmark Ritz Bourse. It is the story of a sergeant who tries to make the difficult transition back into everyday life after experiencing the brutality of war. Critics have hailed it as "compassionate," "tender," "mesmerizing," and "canonical." The film is already the winner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary and the World Cinema Cinematography Award: Documentary awards. Hell and Back Again is the third Oscar-nominated documentary edited by Ms. Otway. The other are Iraq in Fragments, a documentary feature contender in 2007, and "Sari’s Mother,” a 2008 documentary short subject nominee.

Second Issue of TINGE Magazine Available Online:

TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s new online literary journal, is published twice a year: in the Spring (April) and in the Fall (December). The journal is edited by the graduate students of Temple’s M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. The second issue includes the cover art "Makeshift, Plastic Plant" by Elizabeth Blau, an M.F.A. candidate in Painting.

Doctoral Candidate in Mass Media and Communication to Publish Paper:

Chiaoning Su, a doctoral candidate in Mass Media and Communication, has had an article accepted for publication in Media, Culture & Society. The title of her work is "One Earthquake, Two Tales: Narrative Analysis of the Tenth Anniversary Coverage of the 921 Earthquake in Taiwan."

Graduate School Announces Recipients of Dissertation and Project Completion Awards for Spring 2012:

Congratulations to the graduate students awarded a Doctoral Dissertation or Terminal Master's Project Completion Grant for Spring 2012:


Dissertation Completion Awardees

Project Completion Awardees

Ali Abdollahi-Nasab, Engineering

Edward Avery-Natale, Sociology

Katrina Fiener, Mass Media and Communication

Monica Frichtel, Dance

Rong Gao, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Angela Illic, Religion

Katharine Javian, Political Science

Stephen Nepa, History

Hulya Sakarya, Anthropology

Tamara Smithers, Art History

Hakjoon Song, Accounting

Kirk Soodhalter, Mathematics

Ambarien Alqadar, Film and Media Arts

Malia Bruker, Film and Media Arts

Kaitlyn Coppola, Ceramics

John Robert Crowe, Sculpture

Haitao Guo, Film and Media Arts

Daniel Petraitis, Glass

Erica Prince, Painting/Drawing


Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Receives 2011 APA Dissertation Research Award:

Alexandra Morrison, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been selected as a recipient of a 2011 Dissertation Research Award from the American Psychological Association (APA). Ms. Morrison's dissertation is entitled "Influences of Task-Demands and Strategy on the Focus of Attention." Given that the human mind is limited in the number of items that can be maintained in attention at any moment in time, her study investigates the neural and behavioral qualities of the focus of attention and tests the hypothesis that the size and content of the focus of attention shift according to one's strategy and the task at hand. The award of $1,000 is to be used to help offset dissertation research costs.

Master's Student in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media Receives Conference Paper Award:

Julia C. Czaja, a master's student in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media (BTMM), presented her paper entitled "The Cyborg Habitus: Presence, Posthumanism, and Mobile Technology" at the 2011 annual conference of the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR) in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ms. Czaja won the Top Long Paper award at ISPR 2011, which was held October 26-28.

Graduate Students in Criminal Justice Present at Fall Research Meetings:

Three doctoral students in Criminal Justice — Cory Haberman, Lallen Johnson, and Evan Sorg — presented at  the Eleventh Crime Mapping Research Conference of the National Institute of Justice, held in Miami, FL, October 17-21, 2011. In addition, a host of graduate students in Criminal Justice presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology scheduled for November 16-19, 2011, in Washington, DC. A select list of presentations can be found here.

Doctoral Candidate in Mass Media and Communication to Present Paper:

Heidi Mau, a doctoral candidate in Mass Media and Communication, presented her paper entitled "Virtual Photography: Playing with Photography in Video Games and Game-Art" at the 97th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, held in New Orleans, LA, November 17-20, 2011. Designated as a "top paper" in the Visual Communication Division, the paper was presented as part of the division's top paper panel.

Doctoral Candidate in Art History Awarded Spiro Kostof Fellowship:

Agnieszka Szymańska, a doctoral candidate in Art History, has been awarded the 2012 Spiro Kostof Fellowship by the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH). One fellowship of up to $1,000 annually supports the travel of an advanced graduate student member of SAH whose paper has been accepted for delivery at the Society’s annual meeting. Ms. Szymańska will deliver her paper entitled “The Alchemical Harmony of the Musical Firmament and the Muqarnas at SAH's 65th Annual Meeting, to be held in Detroit, MI, April 18-22, 2012.

M.F.A. Candidate in Painting Earns Review in Frieze Magazine:

Daniel Roman, an M.F.A. candidate in Painting, had his first solo show reviewed in Frieze Magazine, a prestigious international art journal. The exhibition, which was presented in Extraspazio, near the Vatican in Rome, Italy, was attributed to Bernardo da Bicci, Mr. Roman's alter ego.

Doctoral Candidate in Criminal Justice Awarded an NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship:

Jaime Henderson, a doctoral candidate in Criminal Justice, has been awarded one of five Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship are promising doctoral students whose dissertation prospectus demonstrates independent and original research that has direct implications for criminal justice in the United States. Ms. Henderson's dissertation is entitled "SORNA's Potential Effects on the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System." The award provides a stipend of $25,000.

Doctoral Candidate in Psychology Awarded 2011 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship:

Kelly O'Neil, a doctoral candidate in Psychology, has been awarded an Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship by the American Psychological Foundation. The $25,000 stipend will support Ms. O'Neil's dissertation research during the 2011-2012 academic year. She is Temple's third Clinical Psychology student to be awarded the Koppitz Fellowship in three years.

Doctoral Candidate in Art History Earns Prestigious Award:

Jasmine Cloud, a Ph.D. candidate, received a two-year fellowship for 2011-2013 from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to live in Rome and work on her dissertation. This History of Art: Institutional Fellowship is one of four $22,500-per-year Kress Institutional Fellowships in the History of European Art that provides a two-year research appointment in association with a foreign institute. She  will be in residence at Rome's Bibliotheca Hertziana. In addition, Ms. Cloud has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for dissertation research in Italy for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Online Tutorials Now Available for the ProQuest UMI Electronic Thesis

and Dissertation (ETD) Administrator:

Tutorials with screenshots and narration are now available to enable students to electronically submit theses and dissertations. The tutorials are segmented so that you can view, at your convenience, as much or as little as you would like.  Access the tutorials at http://www.temple.edu/grad/etd_tutorials.  The site where theses and dissertations can actually be uploaded is found at http://www.etdadmin.com/temple.

Oral English Proficiency Required of All TAs:

All incoming TAs who are non-native speakers of English must be certified in English prior to assuming their classroom teaching responsibilities. If you fit this description and you are serving as a TA, you MUST be tested for oral English proficiency before working in the classroom.  View the full explanation of the required certification, or visit the websites for the International Teaching Assistants Program and the Teaching and Learning Center for more information.

The Writing Center Offers Three Programs for Doctoral Students:

The Writing Center has instituted three programs for doctoral students. Dissertation boot camp provides a disciplined atmosphere in which dissertation writers can undertake their work. Brown bag lunch seminars are offered on a variety of timely topics.  And dissertation writing groups meet regularly to give dissertation writers a forum in which to share their work-in-progress and receive feedback.


Updated 5.30.12