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Professor Hertel: Recipient of 2015 Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award

Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award is given each year to a member of University of Connecticut Graduate Faculty in recognition of outstanding mentoring of graduate students over the past 10 years.  Established by The UConn AAUP, the Marth Award was founded to recognize the leadership and dedication of Edward Marth, former Executive Director of the UConn AAUP Chapter, as well as to encourage and reward outstanding mentoring of graduate students by UConn Graduate Faculty members.  This year a record number of nominations were received for the award.

Faculty and staff colleagues, Graduate students, and family members gathered in the Great Hall of the Alumni Center at UConn for a reception and champagne toast as Kent Holsinger, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School presented the award.  Provost Mun Choi opened the evening with words of congratulations making special mention that this award recognizes the importance of the successful relationship between an advisor and graduate student as the foundation for the intellectual and professional growth of graduate students and the advancement of knowledge.

Dr. Holsinger remarked that “Recipients of the Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award are UConn Graduate Faculty members who have extraordinary records of excellence and effectiveness in activities such as facilitating smooth transitions for both entering and exiting graduate students; showing sensitivity to students’ academic, personal, and professional goals and needs; being accessible to students; playing an active role in coaching graduate students through the graduate school experience and connecting them to appropriate intellectual and professional networks; and, guiding graduate students toward intellectual and professional independence. The committee considered a record number of nominations this year and faced a very difficult task in selecting only one winner. All of the nominees presented evidence of outstanding mentorship in many ways, but in the end, Shereen’s nomination was the most compelling. Shereen exemplifies the caring, thoughtful approach to mentorship that the Marth Award is meant to honor, and it gives me great pleasure to present her with this plaque to commemorate this honor.”

Dr. Hertel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Human Rights Institute at UConn. Her research focuses on changes in transnational human rights advocacy, with a focus on labor and economic rights issues. She has served as a consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia and conducted fieldwork in factory zones along the US-Mexico border, in Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing export sector, among NGO networks in India, and in the multilateral trade arena.

If you are more interested in Dr. Hertel’s research, you can view additional information about here.

2015 APF/COGDOP Scholarship Winner

Lauren Long, Ph.D.Candidate, Department of Psychological Sciences. 

Currently a Ph.D candidate studying in vivo hippocampal electrophysiology in behaving rodents, Lauren Long is a recent recipient of the American Psychological Foundation/Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (APF/COGDOP) 2015 scholarship. Lauren has a strong interest in understanding cooperative interactions between groups of neurons and how such interactions may underlie high-level cognitive operations, such as memory. By using rodent models, Lauren is able to probe critical questions in neuroscience—what determines the strength of memory representations and what is the time course for neuronal activation? A better understanding of neuronal circuit mechanisms that underlie memory formation should facilitate our understanding of how pathophysiological disruptions in network activity relate to cognitive and sensorimotor processing.

After Lauren earns her Ph.D, her goal is to make use of her skill-set and knowledge by gaining post-doctoral experience working with human clinical populations using cutting-edge electrophysiological techniques such as ECoG, depth electrodes and DBS.

Fulbright Grant Recipients: Tanisha Williams

The recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to South Africa, Tanisha Williams (Ph.D Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), focuses her research on the relationship between plant functional traits and their environments to assess how variation in phenotype will determine adaptability to changing climates in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). In addition, Williams will volunteer with the non-profit organization SEED, which promotes outdoor biology learning for primary school children and involvement of the community through a food garden project within the Mitchell’s Plain area of the Cape Flats. Upon completion of her doctoral program, Williams aims to integrate research with science policymaking and to mentor underrepresented students in the STEM fields.


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EEB Student Earns Prestigious AAAS Fellowship

Currently a Ph.D candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary biology, Jessie Rack is a recent recipient of the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship. In addition to this prestigious fellowship, Jessie also received an internship with National Public Radio.

Jessie is studying predator-prey interactions between two species of salamanders: the spotted salamander, whose aquatic larvae make easy prey for all manner of predators; and adult Eastern newts, amphibian predators that are primarily aquatic. She studies how behavioral responses differ depending on geographic origin of the newt predator, what the newt has been eating, and the larvae’s own pond of origin. In studying and understanding these interactions, Jessie hopes to gain some insight into interactions in a temporary pond community and help predict how amphibians might deal with an unfamiliar predator.

After she earns her Ph.D, Jessie plans to work toward a career in science communication. But she isn’t ruling out freelance, nonprofit work, or finding some wonderful opportunity that she doesn’t yet know exists!

For more information on the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship, Click Here

Fulbright Grant Recipients: Dasal Jashar

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology

As the recipient of a Fulbright Research grant to India, Dasal will examine parents’, teachers’ and health care providers’ knowledge of autism in the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India. In particular, she is interested in the role that culture plays in the presentation, screening and diagnosis of autism in this community.

While there she also plans to teach English and, with her research findings, publish a pamphlet on Autism Spectrum Disorder which is specific to the needs and beliefs of the Tibetan community.

For more information on the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Program: Click Here

Open Access Journal for The Humanities

With the help of UConn Libraries, graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Connecticut have constructed a journal that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration towards social and cultural awareness. Titled The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, all involved in its creation hope the open-access model will encourage cross-discipline engagement, critical thinking, and creativity.

Visit the online journal here.

Fulbright Grant Recipients: Christina Wilson

Doctor of Philosophy, English

As the recipient of a Fulbright Archival Research grant to Ireland, Christina will be spending six months analyzing materials from the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive in the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland Galway.

She will examine materials related to Sam Shepard, the American playwright who was worked extensively at the Abbey Theatre, to complete her dissertation titled, “Scots-Irish Frontiers Across 20th and 21st century American Literature.” While there, she plans to volunteer in Galway’s theatre scene and engage with local culture through music, running, and knitting.

For more information on the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Program: Click Here

Fulbright Grant Recipients: Timothy Ravis

Master of Arts, Geography

As the recipient of a Fulbright Research grant to Indonesia, Tim will be studying the implementation of Indonesia’s spatial planning law 26/2007 across three sites – Bandung, Yogyakarta and Balkpapan – to understand the effects of decentralization on metropolitan planning.

Upon completion of his Fulbright project, Tim will enter a doctoral program in urban planning with the goal of becoming a professor of international urban planning to continue the conversation between the East and West.

For more information on the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Program: Click Here

STEM Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop

This workshop, intended for first-year graduate students, is designed to introduce students to the process of applying for and earning fellowships while at the University of Connecticut. Hosted by our Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, this informative session will answer questions and eliminate any confusion about the process. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact: Rowena Grainger

Spring Dissertation Boot Camp

If you are working toward that May or August graduation date, this event is for you! Over spring break, The Writing Center will be offering another Dissertation Boot Camp, an opportunity to write among your fellow dissertation writers, drink free coffee, and even do some yoga, all with little campus traffic getting in your way!

Click on the link below to sign up and get more details.

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