December 19, 2012

Completion fellowships awarded to graduate students in diverse research

Posted: December 19, 2012
Graduate College Completion Fellows Fall 2012
From left, first row: Masakazu Mitsumura, Ljubinka Andonoska, Julia Rosa Jones, Sarah Flett. Second row: Carol Palmer, Heather Poole, Ran Wei, Victor Parra-Guinaldo. Third row: Kade Twist, Semiha Topal, Samantha Russak

From preventing student bullying to easing conflicts between religious and secularist views in society, the fall 2012 College Completion Fellows focused on research that can have a positive impact locally and globally.

The Arizona State University Graduate College awarded 11 Completion Fellowships to support degree completion of doctoral and master’s students in arts, humanities, social sciences and education during the 2012 fall semester.

The graduate students were nominated by their academic unit on the basis of demonstrated ability to complete research projects of high quality.

Their impressive and diverse research includes:

• Helping educators develop empathy for marginalized students, including English language learners, special-needs students, ethnic and religious minorities, homeless children, gay students and immigrants, through participatory theatre activities.

• A framework of practices to assist public administrators in assessing the results of public programs and to design and implement more effective programs.

• Uses of poetry and the written word to deepen an appreciation of natural beauty, as encouragement to communicate in a way that fosters compassion, and as a tool of empowerment for individuals and society.

• An ecological approach to shaping conservation plans and preventing extinction in endangered animal populations.  

"These fellowships provide students who perform outstanding research a semester of support to complete their dissertation or project,” says Andrew Webber, Associate Vice Provost at the Graduate College. “We are proud to help them achieve their educational goals.”

The deadline to apply for a fall 2013 Completion fellowship is March 30, 2013. See graduate.asu.edu/completion for full details.

The Fall 2012 Completion Fellows are:

Ljubinka Andonoska, PhD in Public Administration, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs

Sarah Flett, PhD in Justice Studies, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Julia Rosa Jones, MFA in Drawing and Painting, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Masakazu Mitsumura, PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Carol Palmer, PhD in History, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Victor Parra-Guinaldo, PhD in English, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Heather Poole, MFA in Creative Writing, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Samantha Russak, PhD in Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Semiha Topal, PhD in Religious Studies, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kade Twist, MFA in Art (Intermedia), School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Ran Wei, PhD in Geography, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Michele St George, michele.stgeorge@asu.edu
ASU Graduate Education